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Feminist Book Club – March – Lee Maracle and Terese Marie Mailhot

March 10th at 4 pm Pacific, 7 pm Eastern, 8 pm Atlantic etc. at https://zoom.us/j/328662153

At our first meeting, we will be discussing two books by indigenous women of two different generations: read one of them or both, if you have time, or feel free to join and listen!

  • Lee Maracle, I Am Woman, Press Gang, 1988;
  • Terese Marie Mailhot, Heart Berries: A Memoir, Counterpoint, 2018.

The Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s Association, an affiliate of the CUC, invites all to join the Canadian UU Feminist Book Club.

Learn more about the CUUWA Feminist Book Club.

Announcing the 2019 International Women’s Day Service Packet

The Canadian Unitarian and Universalist Women’s Association (CUUWA) invites all congregations across Canada to celebrate International Women’s Day on one of the Sundays close to March 8, IWD, each year. It is our goal to have IWD services in all congregations. Will you help us achieve this goal of promoting awareness of gender equality and women’s issues? 

This year, we have compiled a set of worship and study materials and share them with you, in time to plan for your March 3 or 10 service, or for a small group ministry session, study or discussion group in March. 

Download the 2019 IWD Service Packet: Journey

Our 2019 theme is Journey

Our packet includes a Chalice Lighting and other readings for a Sunday Service, suggestions for sermons or panels, children’s stories, reflection questions for a small ministry group session, and links to music and web resources. There are two special features this year. One is a focus on “before” and “after” which includes a documentary on second-wave American feminists and photos accompanying our CUUWA Council members’ stories of their journey(s). They offer opportunities for reflection, discussion, and sharing of your own stories of discovering feminism or finding yourself, of how feminists and pioneers or activists of our U*U movement have influenced your journey, and of how feminism and experiences of gender and sexuality have changed over your lifetime. The second is a major section on poetry. This year, for the first time, we put out a call for writing and artwork based on the theme of Journey. We were thrilled by the response from Canadian U*U women, and happy to include rich and varied poems in this package. 

Please follow our Facebook page from March 3 to March 10. We will be asking questions about your journey, and inviting you to share how your congregation or group made use of these materials.

These materials are free of charge and we invite you to share the package widely. If you would like to support the CUUWA’s efforts to produce information, offer educational programs, and create opportunities for U*U women and allies to connect, please consider joining our organization.

Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes, 
Chair, CUUWA 

2018 CUUWA Newsletter

Holiday Greetings from the CUUWA Council!

This is an opportunity for us to connect with you and let you know who we are and what we are doing.

Our Council and other volunteers work hard on behalf of our members and other UU women across Canada on a range of feminist and gender issues. Our specific goals are to raise awareness about women’s history, rituals, and perspectives, through training, communication, celebration and many resources.

Download the 2018 CUUWA Newsletter

Betty Donaldson receives Knight Award

KNIGHT AWARD RECIPIENT – 2018

Dr. E. LISBETH DONALDSON, Professor Emerita, University of Calgary

Betty, as she is called, was an active member of the Unitarian Church of Calgary and became a member of the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship upon retirement. She served on the Board of each of those societies as well as several committees.

During her period in Calgary, she was a participant and leader in the Prairie Woman’s Gathering. She was also a trained facilitator for the two UUWF programs:  Cakes for the Queen of Heaven and Rise Up and Call Her Name.
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In the 1990s, Dr. Donaldson won the UUWA Feminist Thealogy Award, the first Canadian to have ever done so.  She used the financial foundation from that award to develop the award -winning play  “Images of the Goddess” and to create a follow up video, which also gained international recognition

Betty was the last Canadian representative on the Board of the UUWA and when it changed its focus, she urged the CUC to develop a women’s organization to provide continuing education and programs for women in Canada and to support women’s equity issues.

Ultimately, working with women living in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba who had established the Prairie Women’s Gathering, as well as women leaders in Ontario, B.C. and Nova Scotia and other regions, the Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s Association (CUUWA) was organized.  Betty was the founding president, served seven years on that Board, and continues as an active member.

In addition, for more than a decade, Betty served as chair of the CUC Choices in Dying Monitoring Group, and conducted workshops, “What is a Good Death”.  After her retirement to Courtenay, this work allowed the CUC to be one of only three groups permitted to make representation to the BC Supreme Court regarding freedom of choice in dying. She continues to be active in the MAID issue and in the Green Burial movement.

 

International Women’s Day Packet 2018

The CUUWA (Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s Association) invites all congregations across Canada to celebrate International Women’s Day in a service on one of the Sundays close to March 8, International Women’s Day.

This year, we have compiled a theme package to help congregations and individuals plan their IWD activities. Our theme is Risk. You can find a large packet of materials to use in services and programs in March and throughout the years to come at:

CUUWA RISK package 2018

We hope that, one day, there will be International Women’s Day services in all congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council. We provide outlines for services and other resources for IWD on the CUUWA website under Resources and on our Facebook page, Canadian UU Women’s Association

We would love to hear if/how you have used any of these materials, what your congregation did to recognize IWD, photos from your activities, and service ideas focused on women and/or feminism. Please send them to eldergomes@yahoo.com, and let us know if you give us permission to use them on our website and/or Facebook page.

Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes, Chair,  Reverend Kathy Sage, ret., Ministerial Liaison and Chris Mishra

Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s Association

with help from Anneke Elder-Gomes and Caroline Jondahl, CUUWA Council members, and many others. Thank you!

International Women’s Day Service Planning Package 2017

The CUUWA (Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s Association) invites all congregations across Canada to celebrate International Women’s Day in a service on one of the Sundays close to March 8, International Women’s Day.

This year, we have compiled a theme package to help congregations and individuals plan their IWD activities. Our theme is It’s Simple: We Need Change Now. You can find a large packet of materials to use in services and programs in March and throughout the years to come at:

International Women’s Day PACKET 2017 It’s Simple We Need Change Now

We hope that, one day, there will be International Women’s Day services in all congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council. We provide outlines for services and other resources for IWD on the CUUWA website under Resources and on our Facebook page, Canadian UU Women’s Association

We would love to hear if/how you have used any of these materials, what your congregation did to recognize IWD, photos from your activities, and service ideas focused on women and/or feminism. Please send them to eldergomes@yahoo.com, and let us know if you give us permission to use them on our website and/or Facebook page.

Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes, Chair, and Reverend Kathy Sage, ret., Ministerial Liaison

Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s Association

with help from Anneke Elder-Gomes and Caroline Jondahl, CUUWA Council members, and many others. Thank you!

Annual Gathering, Tea and Speaker

May 22 Sunday afternoon at 1:30 in Vancouver.

We are very happy to have Audrey Seigl, an outspoken member of the Musqueam Nation. Her talk is entitled:
“Carrying on the Work of my Ancestors. How to be good Stewards of the Land”. You will find Audrey passionate, eloquent and also an excellent chanter of her nation’s songs and prayers.

More info under ‘Events’ menu.