SouthWest UU Women

Past Conferences

Keynotes 2013


As a sociologist and a performance artist, Kimberly Dark uses entertainment to illuminate potentially contentious cultural themes. She calls it Artistic Activism and does so in order to open dialogue about themes that are hard to discuss - gender, sexuality, the environment, parenting, poverty, race, and privilege. She believes we have to have fun while making the world a better place, so in addition to being a scholar, she is a poet and an entertaining storyteller. Dark says "... new stories are like water seeping into the granite of the status quo. Through humor and beauty and pain and fear and hope, people can connect and systems that seem built of stone start to crumble - slowly at times, quickly too. Rather than forcing change, we inspire change. That is the power of artistic activism."
"Kimberly Dark has a way of captivating people with her stories about gender, sexuality, violence against women, and media generated ideas of beauty ... vivid imagery and words help reel audiences into each other’s struggles and ultimately their own ...” --The Commonwealth Times (Richmond, Virginia)


Kit HolmesKnown for her captivating live shows and compelling songwriting Grammy Award Nominee Kit Holmes merges her extensive musical talents, creative insight and spiritual journey experiences into ear-pleasing piano-driven, jazz-infused pop. Deeply insightful and often deceptively humorous lyrics, lush arrangements and stellar vocals round out the package.
She regularly travels the country sharing her humorous, sometimes irreverent and always deeply moving music and message as a guest speaker, in concert and in teaching workshops on music and spirituality.
Holmes sings of life in her latest album "Return to Love" which "finds Holmes reaching a level of musical craftsmanship and depth of feeling that is quite impressive and impossible to ignore." (All About Jazz - Review Oct. 18, 2011). As an added layer of depth, Kit is a licensed Religious Science Practitioner through Centers for Spiritual Living and in March of 2011 became the Music Minister at the Unity Church of Wimberley, Texas. Her plans for world domination via love and laughter are unfolding beautifully.

SWUUWCon 2013


 SouthWest UU Women's Conference
February 22-24, 2013

At the Omni Bayfront Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas

with keynote speaker Kimberly Dark
Storyteller / Speaker / Performance Artist / Activist / Scholar

and musician Kit Holmes
Grammy Award Nominee / Multi-Instrumentalist / Singer-Songwriter

You can also visit our Facebook event page to see photos!

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SWUUWCon 2012


Meg BarnhouseHilton NASA Clear LakeFebruary 24-26, 2012

"Exploring the UUniverse of Women's Spirituality" with speaker Meg Barnhouse!

Please join us at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake, TX. Where is that? Clear Lake City is really a part of Houston but don’t think of the downtown skyline or busy freeways. The 2012 SWUUW Conference will be held in the beautiful Hilton hotel overlooking Clear Lake and across from NASA Space Center. It is located 25 miles south of downtown Houston, 17 miles from Houston’s Hobby Airport and is a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, reconnect and join us in Exploring the UUniverse of Women’s Spirituality. Contact convener Lynn Young at if you have any questions.

We'll share details here and on our Facebook page as plans progress.


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SWUUWCon 2011 Press Release



March 4 thru 6, 2011

Southwest UU Women's Conference

Holiday Inn Select 2645 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX
(same location as 2010)


"Generation NEXXT"

·Keynote Speaker
Rev. Tamara Lebak
Associate Minister
All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK

For more information please contact co-conveners
Carol Currie & Joy Hayes

Rev Tamara LebakRev. Tamara Lebak is an independent consultant, executive coach and ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with change management experience that focuses on maneuvering between multiple levels of system from the personal to the global.

In her ministry, coaching, as well as her consulting, Tamara integrates her training in Gestalt Organization and Systems Development, conflict management, appreciative inquiry, and community organizing in diverse racial and economic settings. Tamara has worked with numerous educational, religious, community and non-profit institutions including the National Park Service and the World Bank.

In 2008 Tamara co-authored Reverend X: How Generation X Ministers are Shaping Unitarian Universalism with Rev. Bret Lortie. Tamara currently serves as Associate Minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Also a gifted musician, Tamara plays guitar, sings, and has composed her own music. Tamara and her partner Jill Webb of 15 years have recently celebrated the birth of their first child in June of this year, a daughter, Beckett Elizabeth.

Big-Bad-GinaYou won't want to miss musical guests

With their unique blend of harmony, and their eclectic musical selections, Big Bad Gina has hit the music scene with a bang, often bringing down the house with their laid-back, yet powerfully energetic performances.

Big Bad Gina gives audiences what they want – jazz, folk, hard rock with a soft twist, reggae, bluegrass and funk. Their performances are toe-tapping and inspiring, leaving audiences dancing in the aisles and asking for more.

Renée Janski and Melodie Griffis discovered their musical compatibility when playing for the Unitarian Universalist Church. Since then, they have taken their uncommon musical groove to other venues in the Northwest Arkansas area. In fact, Big Bad Gina was one of the featured performances at the First Annual Goddess Festival in Fayetteville in March 2009 where they met and hooked up with the 3rd "Gina", Jori Costello.

Jori Costello, singer/songbird, guitar grooving’, percussion pounding Goddess. Renee Janski of UU choir fame, amazing Amazon arias and multifaceted musicianship. Melodie Griffis of U of A jazz combo talent with an Angelic Cameroon croon keeping it rockin’ on the bass and jazzin’ it up with her ultra fine guitar riffs Add a slew of instruments, some kickin’ original tunes and select scintillating covers, and you have Big Bad Gina! -an all womyn’s band based in Fayetteville, AR and ready to rock the region and nation with their award winning “Amazon Warrior Princess” Goddess Groove! It’s Folkin’ Rockin’!

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