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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.

New Brunswick abortion restriction lifted by Premier Brian Gallant

Premier Brian Gallant is removing a key regulation that has restricted access to abortion services in New Brunswick for two decades.

Gallant made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday morning in Fredericton.

The premier promised in the election campaign to review Regulation 84-20, which requires women seeking a hospital abortion to have two doctors certify it as medically necessary.The review identified barriers to abortion services, according to Gallant.   more here .  . .

Updated Resolution on Abortion Rights

The CUUWA Council and Reproductive Justice Committee proposes an updated resolution on Abortion Rights which we are pleased to present to you for approval and support.  We plan to ask the CUC to approve at the AGM in 2015 and would appreciate your support of it in your congregations, and as delegates to the AGM. Please go to Reproductive Justice under the Issues menu item