Sacred Shelter

Update: Please let us know by October 1 if you are working on a piece for the summer phase and/or would like to respond to another person’s work during the fall phase. Send all questions, comments, and submissions to

The CUUWA calls for submissions for a creative project on home, nature, local communities and sacred space, under the working title of Sacred Shelter. We have extended the summer phase (original submissions of art or writing) to the end of the season, September 21.

We invite Canadian UU Women and Queers to send one, two, or all of the following. We would especially appreciate work by transwomen, non-binary feminists, and BIPOC women and girls.

Participants will submit writing or art during the summer phase, and then respond to work submitted by others in the fall phase.

*A photo or a photo of an artwork of interior, nature, or street scenes in your home or neighbourhood, and/or
*A short poem (up to 15 lines), or a prose poem or flash fiction (up to 500 words) on the theme of pandemic walks or sacred shelter, and/or
*An indication of your interest in responding to another artist’s or writer’s work with your own piece during the fall phase (whether or not you are submitting your writing or art in the summer phase). We will contact all people interested in responding to someone else’s work in the fall phase shortly after October 1; response pieces will be received until December 21, 2020.

Please include your name, pronoun, congregation or UU affiliation (if any), and a 50-word bio when you submit your work or indicate your interest in participating. Email your work as an attachment at

The CUUWA International Women’s Day Worship and Study package for March 2021 will be on the theme of Sacred Space, and integrate the Soul Matters theme of Commitment and the CLF / Faith Rocket theme of Covenant, as well as the poetry, stories, and artwork created in this project.

May 2020 Events

  1. Happy Mother’s Day! Kathy Sage found this video of Julia Ward Howe’s “Mother’s Day Proclamation” featuring many women’s voices. Watch it here:

TUS Mothers Day Proclamation

2. Canadian U*U Feminist Book Club, May 10 on Zoom

Given that libraries are closed and it isn’t always easy to find free e-books or borrow them from libraries, we have decided to watch a film online and discuss it at our Zoom gathering:

Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

You may also enjoy the feminist videos shown in the past on this site:

Join us at our low-stress, low-maintenance, open, intentionally queer-positive and intersectional, feminist-in-its-broadest definition book (and movie! and poetry!) and chat club. We explore books by feminists and about feminism and, perhaps even more importantly, share our experiences as feminists. You are free to join us whenever you can, whether or not you have read the book selection, whether you want to share or listen. We meet for an hour each month.

Topic: Canadian U*U Feminist Book Club
Time: May 10, 2020 20:00 Atlantic, 19:00 (7pm) Eastern, 16:00 Pacific, etc.
Every month on the Second Sunday. Please contact us for the link.
May 10, 2020 08:00 PM
Jun 14, 2020 08:00 PM

CUUWA “Cuppa and Conversation” and AGM 2020

During the years that a CUC Conference is held, the CUUWA meets for a Tea and our AGM during the Conference weekend (the long weekend in May). All are welcome. (In other years we meet in May or June online.)

This year the in-person CUC Conference in Halifax has been cancelled. We expect that there will be an in-person Conference there in 2021, and we will, as usual, plan our CUUWA gathering at an off-site location.

Meanwhile, we will be holding a virtual “Cuppa and Conversation” gathering and 2020 AGM. on the afternoon of June 27, on Zoom. Members and friends of the CUUWA will be envisioning a better world after the pandemic in a Cross-Canada Conversation.

NEW: CU*UWA 2020 International Women’s Day package: WISDOM

The Canadian Unitarian and/or Universalist Women’s Association (CU*UWA) invites all congregations across Canada to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020. We have prepared this package of worship and study materials to help you prepare your activities. It is our goal to have IWD services and/or activities in all congregations in Canada every year. Will you help us achieve this goal of promoting awareness of gender equality and women’s issues?

This year, we will also offer an online Worship service starting at 5:30pm Eastern / 2:30 Pacific on March 8. We will meet on Zoom, and an invitation with the link is included in the package.

Our 2020 theme is Wisdom. Our package includes options for your chalice lighting, readings, blessing, and closing words, suggestions for sermons and interactive services, reflection questions for individuals or small groups, comments by CU*UWA Council members, original artwork and poetry, and resources for study.

We hope this material inspires you to reflect on your own sources of wisdom, your ways of knowing and experiencing the world, the Divine Feminine and goddesses, prophetic and authentic voices of women and femmes, and your vision of a world informed by women’s wisdom. We encourage you to share your stories on our Facebook page, in your congregations, in your creative work. We will be sharing prompts related to our package on our Facebook page every day from February 29 to March 8, 2020 and would love to read your responses.

Book Club Selections/Topics

Spring/Summer 2020

For Spring and Summer 2020, the Canadian U*U Feminist Book Club has transformed itself into a club for exploring poetry, TedTalks, online videos and movies, and other free sources of learning. In particular, we are learning together about intersectionality and the lives of racialized and Indigenous women, Queers, and femmes.

On July 12, 2020, we will be continuing our discussion from June 14 on intersectionality, privilege, and the lives of Indigenous and racialized women through a video by Pam Palmater on MMIW, Ted Talks by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Peggy McIntosh and others, and the movie 13th. The list of links can be found below.

This time we will focus our learning by checking in with one experience during which we were aware of your own privilege and our need to learn more, and then each of us will briefly talk about what we learned from one of the media resources below. We will allow ourselves to be inarticulate. We will acknowledge that we are all learning.

Contact us for the Zoom link.

Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality
TEDWomen 2016 • 18:49 • Posted November 2016

Peggy McIntosh: How to recognize your white privilege — and use it to fight inequality
TEDxTimberlaneSchools • 18:27 • Posted June 2020

Dolores Huerta: What we can learn from the history of feminism
TEDxOakland • 6:31 • Posted December 2019

Roxane Gay: Confessions of a bad feminist
TEDWomen 2015 • 11:28 • Posted June 2015

Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa: Black life at the intersection of birth and death
TEDWomen 2017 • 7:49 • Posted February 2018

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We should all be feminists
TEDxEuston • 29:28 • Posted April 2017

Pat Mitchell: Dangerous times call for dangerous women
TEDWomen 2019 • 17:14 • Posted January 2020

Alyson McGregor: Why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women
TEDxProvidence • 15:29 • Posted October 2015

Jen Gunter: Why can’t we talk about periods?
TEDWomen 2019 • 11:42 • Posted January 2020

There’s also a video of Pam Palmater I’d ask you to look at on the Kairos website:

or on YouTube

Added last month:
Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo (especially for those, like me, who haven’t read her book)

Angela Davis – “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” hosted by The University of New England

13th, which is available on Netflix or here:
There are also some live videos related to it here:

March 2020

Please note that our March meeting is cancelled; join us instead for an online Worship service for International Women’s Day.

Earlier meetings

January 12, 2020:

Book: Judy Rebick, Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution

Topic: 20th Century / Second Wave Feminism

Our Feminist Book Club

Canadian U*U Feminist Book Club

Welcome to our low-stress, low-maintenance, open, intentionally queer-positive and intersectional, feminist-in-its-broadest definition book and chat club. We explore books by feminists and about feminism and, perhaps even more importantly, share our experiences as feminists. You are free to join us whenever you can, whether or not you have read the book selection, whether you want to share or listen… We meet for about an hour most months throughout the year. Check out our selections and topics here.

Day and Time: We meet most months on the second Sunday at 8 pm Atlantic, 7 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central, 5 pm Mountain, and 4 pm Pacific time.  Jan 12, Feb 9, April 12, June 14, etc. 2020 
Details: Email Jo-Anne, message us on our Facebook page, or join our Google group for confirmation of the date, information about the book, and the Zoom link