It is with sadness we share that Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson passed away yesterday. Dorothy was beloved in her community. Her life and works touched many. Dorothy played a pivotal role in Unitarian Universalist Women & Religion and UU Class Conversations. Her published works span genres from social justice to women’s studies and women’s rituals to her memoir published just last year. Dorothy was a force to be reckoned with. She has left an indelible mark on our UU Faith Tradition, and in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved her.
We offer sincere condolences to her family and friends. Dorothy, may you Rest in Peace, and Rest in Power.
After many months of deep discernment, UU Women’s Heart has determined to turn its focus in 2019 toward that of capturing UU Women’s Stories on video. The first series will be interviews with selected authors and teachers via live Zoom sessions as well as on-set television locations in various communities. The second is our online Minerva Ritual Gatherings. Recordings will begin in April. Content from the videos will be placed in a book published by Matrika Press to share even more broadly the wisdom from these amazing women.
We will post more information soon. Should you wish to recommend a guest, please email: Productions@TVforYourSoul.com and place in the Subject Line: UU Women Videos
The Goddesses Mnemosyne and Brigid were featured in Plymouth New Hampshire on Sunday, November 11th as the worship team explored together the Soul Matters Sharing Circle November theme of Memory. The service entitled “Restore Us to Memory” included a ritual led by Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Manning that was designed for participants to retrieve the parts of themselves that have been given to (or taken by) others over time, so they may reclaim them to be whole. The congregation was also led in singing meditation by UU Musician Sarah Dan Jones with the words of the Navajo chant by Jody Healy, “When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced; Live your life so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.”
(Members of the Women With Wings singing group at UUSB in Bangor, Maine will be well familiar with this chant!) Worship Associate Margaret Salt did an exquisite reading abridged from Sheryl Crow’s song “Love Will Remain” (originally scored for Rev. Marilyn Sewell’s “Raw Faith” film).
Below is a link to the reading and the sermon to follow.
We are delighted to announce that there is a collaborative UU Women’s leadership event to take place in Boston, MA Autumn 2018 facilitated by UU Women and Religion, the UU Women’s Federation and the International Women’s Convocation. We will share more details as they become available. In the meantime we are delighted to share this invocation to June:
Gretchen and Twinkle are gearing up to take the Shared Leadership and Circle Model of Group Facilitation on the road. Originally we were planning a Ferry Beach Retreat in Maine as part of our Winter Women Gathering, yet the timing did not work out with the schedule so we will be offering something later this year at Ferry Beach. We also hoped to be included in the workshops at General Assembly this year, yet were not selected so are looking at alternate options for gathering women together at GA.
In the meantime, we are putting together a calendar that will introduce this program to each of our UUA Regions. Check back soon for details. Also, please visit our UUWR (UU Women and Religion) website for national and international news.
If you have a gathering you would like us to help promote, please let us know.
Autumn leaves remind us of the nature of change. This is the time of year we look forward to turning inward to the call of discovering what guides us. Releasing summer and anticipating winter.
UU Women’s Heart is working with UU Women and Religion and UU Women’s Federation to create programs that will bring the Circle Model of Shared Leadership widely throughout our denomination. Gretchen, Twinkle and Liz are collaborating to put forth proposals for the 2018 GA as well as workshops at retreats. We will keep you posted on this.
This Train-the-Trainers workshop is based on Liz Fisher’s Shared Leadership using the Circle Model of Group Facilitation manuscript and is facilitated by the Co-Conveners of UU Women and Religion(UUWR): Gretchen Ohmann and Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Manning.
Liz Fisher is also the author of the Rise Up and Call Her Name curriculum and is part of the core leadership group of UUWR who are bringing this new Shared Leadership program forward. Should you wish to include this workshop in your retreat, please contact UU Women and Religion.
As part of an emerging UU Women and Religion project, UU Women’s Heart is delighted to be assisting facilitate Train-the-trainer style retreats for women who desire to learn the skills of Shared Leadership and The Circle Model. Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Manning and Gretchen Ohmann will be lead facilitators, in deep appreciation of collaborative consultation of Liz Fisher and Patti Clark on this four-person transition team.
Twinkle and Gretchen will be seeking to partner with other UU Women leaders with specific spiritual offerings of their own to bring to the workshops. As well as collaborating with UU Women’s Heart, the team will be working with Womens Retreat Groups in other UU Regions.
We will be posting the calendar of events in September.