SouthWest UU Women

Past Conferences

T-Shirts and Tote Bag

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SWUUWCon 2018 t shirt

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Workshops 2018

Sincere thanks to all of the workshop presenters for volunteering to share their time and knowledge.

Workshops will be filled in the order in which registrations are received. 

Workshop Selections

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Service Project

Inside Books Project

Inside Books Project is an Austin-based community service volunteer organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. Inside Books is the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, where over 160,000 people are incarcerated. Inside Books Project works to promote reading, literacy, and education among incarcerated individuals and to educate the general public on issues of incarceration. This year we’re asking our attendees to either bring books (see what is needed below), or plan to make a monetary donation (cash or check) that will be used for postage to mail the books to the prisoners. We will have a donation area during registration and the Saturday morning Session.

Books most in need:

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SWUUWCon Schedule 2018

Feb. 23

Please note Friday dinner is on your own! The hotel has a restaurant and there are several others close by.
3:00 pm Hotel check-in begins
  Conference registration desk opens
  Raffle Ticket sales begin (to support the scholarship fund; items are donated by vendors and local artists)
  Bazaar opens (until 9 pm) - come shop our wonderful vendors
  Red Tent Room opens (until 10 pm)
4:00 - 5:30 pm Tour of the Capitol. Limited to first 24 people to sign up when registering. Meet in the hotel Lobby.
5:30 - 7:30 pm Welcome Happy Hour; wine, beer and soft drinks complimentary to Hotel guests
  Conference attendees not staying at the hotel may purchase drinks from the hotel bar.
7:00 - 8:15 pm Opening Ceremony - come Be the Spark!
After the Maidens "meet and greet"
ceremony... Gather with friends for dinner on your own in the hotel or at one of the area's many restaurants
  Shop at the Bazaar until 9 pm
  Gather in the Red Tent Room until 10 pm (a comfortable place to relax and connect with others)
8:30 - 10 pm Movie Night: "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War" directed by Ken Burns and narrated by Tom Hanks - Agave D  & E

Feb. 24

7:30 - 10:30 am Breakfast Buffet included for Embassy Suites guests. Conference attendees not staying at the hotel may purchase breakfast at the restaurant.
All Day Registration Desk
  Raffle Ticket Sales
  Bazaar open from 10:15 am until 8 pm
  Red Tent Room - a comfortable place to relax and connect with others (until 10 pm)
8:30 am Welcome - Agave D & E
8:45 am Opening Worship Service
9:15 - 10:15 am Keynote Address - “Bring your Own Chair: Making Room for Everyone at the Policy Table” – Rep. Donna Howard
10:30 - 11:50 am Morning Workshop Session - AM 1
12 - 1:15 pm Luncheon, SWUUW Annual Meeting (for all conference attendees), and Speaker, Rev. Lyssa Jenkens: “UUSC: Made for Times Like These”
1:30 - 3:00 pm Early Afternoon Workshop Session - PM 1
3:15 - 4:45 pm Mid Afternoon Workshop Session - PM 2
5 - 5:30 pm Old board/new board meeting
5:30 - 7:30 pm Reception/Happy Hour (free wine, beer and soft drinks for hotel guests 
  Conference attendees not staying at the hotel may purchase drinks from the hotel bar
  Last chance to buy Raffle Tickets
  Presenter Book and CD signings during Happy Hour (until 6:30)
6:45 pm Conference Banquet Dinner, 2019 SWUUWCon Presentation, and Raffle Drawings - Agave D & E
8:00 pm “Presenting Kiya Heartwood” live music and dancing

Feb. 25

Check out time is noon so pack-up before you come down to say good bye. The hotel will hold your bags until you are ready to leave.
7:30 -10:30 am Breakfast Buffet included for Embassy Suites guests. Conference attendees not staying at the hotel may purchase breakfast at the restaurant.
9:30 - 10:15 am Closing Ceremony – Agave D & E
10:45 am Worship at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin, Texas, 78756
  Service starts at 10:45 am followed by coffee and conversation. The Hotel Shuttle will take you and bring you back or you can carpool over.
1:30 pm Austin CROP Walk to End Hunger