SouthWest UU Women

SWUUWCon 2018

SWUUWCon 2018

Plan now to join us in Austin Texas
February 23-25, 2018

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Lodging and Map

2018 hotel exteriorEmbassy Suites by Hilton Austin Central

5901 North IH-35 Frontage Rd
Austin, Texas, 78723

TAKE NOTE: Your hotel room is NOT included in the conference registration fee. You must reserve and pay for your hotel room separately. See below for rates and info.

Simply click on "Book Now" and it will take you to a reservation page exclusively for us! Please book your room ASAP as it will help us know how many of you are attending.

If you know you will be sharing the room and don't have the person's info, just book the room for 1 occupant then come back later and "edit/update" your reservation with the info requested.


or call 512-454-8004

If you have any special room needs please ask for Madison Amelotte.

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More Highlights

The Red Tent Room

Our annual tribute to female energy will be set up in a private hotel room. Our Red Tent Room will be an active, yet relaxing, place to come and recharge. This welcoming space is for sisters of all ages – maidens, mothers, and crones. The Red Tent Room will include massage therapy, henna tattoos, coloring meditation, calming music, and other essentials to aid in comfort, calm, and creativity. Feel free to bring blankets, shawls, tarot cards, playing cards, games, and treats.

The Bazaar

Find a hand-crafted treasure at the conference Bazaar, where skilled artisans will offer a selection of unique items for sale. Everyone can enjoy shopping on Friday and Saturday between conference sessions. Each conference vendor has generously donated an item for the Raffle; by buying tickets for the prizes you want, you’ll help support the conference Scholarship Fund.

The Village

To help our village stay in touch, we will distribute all participants’ contact information to all others via email unless otherwise requested. You may opt out from this listing on your registration form.

Optional Weekend Events

If you have a flexible schedule, please consider joining us for one or both of the following events. You can register for these events when you complete you general conference registration. Please note that the Capitol Tour is limited to the first 24 people.

Tour of the Texas State Capitol - Friday Evening

Karen Neeley will lead a group on a tour of the historic Texas State Capitol. We will meet in the hotel lobby at 4pm and carpool to the Capitol. This tour is limited to the first 24 people to register for it - look out for a question on the online registration form.  

CROP Hunger Walk - Sunday Afternoon

Looking to make a difference in our local community and in communities worldwide, the Austin CROP Hunger Walk hopes to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger. A portion of the funds raised here in will go to local hunger-alleviating agencies.

This year Austin and some 1,000 other communities nationwide are joining together in interfaith CROP Hunger Walks around the theme "Ending hunger one step at a time." Many of the Walkers will be wearing t-shirts proclaiming their solidarity with the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live -- as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks and meal sites here in the U.S. These local ministries share in the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks.

From combating droughts in Nicaragua to providing agricultural training in Indonesia to stocking shelves in hundreds of food pantries across the United States, CROP Hunger Walks are fighting hunger. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin will be participating on February 25th after church. The route is 2.4 miles long. Go here for more information:

If people sign up ahead of time, you are invited to have lunch after the church service. People will carpool from the church to the CropWalk and back -  to be arranged during lunch. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the church.

2:00 pm: Registration
2:30 pm: Step Off
Camp Mabry
2200 West 35th Street

If you are interested in attending, please check the appropriate box when registering so we can get a group estimate.

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


Annual Meeting Agenda

Below is the Agenda for the SWUUW Annual Meeting that will take place during lunch on Saturday February 24, 2018.


  1. Call to Order & Opening Words
  2. Review and Approve 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes
  3. Treasurer’s Report and Presentation of 2018-2019 Budget
    1. Vote to Approve Budget
  4. Recognition of Outgoing Board Members
  5. Presentation of 2018-19 Board Slate by Nominating Committee
    1. Vote to Elect Board Members/Officers
  6. VI. Announcements
  7. VII. Adjourn

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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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T-Shirts and Tote Bag

T-shirt $14
Tote bag $14

T-shirt and Tote bag $25

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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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Maiden Program

If you are the mother, grandmother or guardian of a teenage daughter, ages 13-17, who would like to attend our conference, please bring her!

Maidens can be part of all the conference sessions and activities, and will have a special Maiden Ceremony with gifts and words of wisdom from our female community. 

The SWUUW Maiden Program is designed to adhere to the principle of the UU Safe Congregations program: sponsors (mother, grandmother or guardian) are expected to attend the conference sessions with the Maiden. Please plan to bring the young women of your community to our conference and continue to build the next generation of strong and powerful UU women.

As we have had no maidens register at this time, there is no dedicated Maiden Program or track. However, young women are still welcome to register and attend the conference and sessions with their parent or guardian.

Fees and Deadlines

Registration fees are $190 for early registration before January 19 now extended through Monday, Jan. 22, and $225 after that.

Pre-registration closes on February 16. Registering later and on-site will only be possible if space is available.

The registration fee includes:

  • All conference sessions and materials, from Friday evening through Sunday morning 
  • Friday Movie Night: 
  • Saturday night entertainment with Kiya Heartwood
  • Saturday plated lunch
  • Saturday plated dinner
  • SWUUW annual $25 membership dues

Dinner with friends on Friday is on your own, in the hotel, or at one of the area’s many restaurants.


Online registration has closed. Please contact and to see about available space. 

You may pay online with a credit card via PayPal (preferred), or by check. No checks will be accepted after the Early Bird deadline of January 22.

To pay by check, make payable to "SWUUW" and mail to:

SWUUWCon 2018
c/o SWUUW Treasurer
8127 Mesa Dr Ste B206-324
Austin, Texas 78759

Registration Help

If you experience any trouble with the registration form or payment options, please feel free to email or call Jackie, our SWUUW Web Admin:



Receive a scholarship to attend… or donate!

SWUUW understands that not all may be able to attend the conference due to financial constraints. We are offering scholarships, simply apply as you register. The deadline to apply for a partial scholarship has been extended through Jan. 19 Jan. 22. Each scholarship applicant is asked to pay $75 as a down payment after they're accepted. Scholarship applicants will be responsible for their own travel and lodging costs. 

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Apply to Be a Vendor at SWUUWCon 2018!

2017 SWUUWCon Vendor UUWF

Apply for a Vendor Table at SWUUWCon 2018!

February 23-25, 2018

Set up is Friday after 1pm.
Vendor hours are Friday 4pm - 9pm and Saturday 10am - 9pm.
Special needs requests will be processed and honored where possible.
Two artists may share a table, but only one application is required.
SWUUW reserves the right to decline applications. Do not send money until you are accepted.
One Vendor Space includes one 6-foot skirted table and two chairs Price: $75.00

Additionally all Vendors are asked to donate a high-quality item to SWUUW for our Annual Raffle benefiting our scholarships fund. Thank you for your generosity!

Please be prepared to upload a couple of images of sample items for sale, as well as your donated raffle item.
E-mail with any questions.
Acknowledgement e-mail will be sent when your application arrives. 
No funds are required until your application is accepted.
If you are accepted we will send an email with a link to pay via PayPal. This email will also include a link to reserve a room at the hotel at our conference rate. Hotel lodging is not included in the vendor fee. 

Submit Vendor Application Here 

Refund Policy


Administered by SWUUW Board:

1)     50% refunded until Jan 1

2)     25% refunded until Jan 19

3)     No Refund after Jan 19

By registering, you are agreeing to this refund policy.

If you should need to cancel your registration, please contact the Registrar,

Contact Us

Registration or payment questions: Toni Wegner

If you should need to cancel your registration, please contact the Registrar.

If you are paying via check, please make payable to "SWUUW" and send to: 

SWUUWCon 2018
c/o SWUUW Treasurer
8127 Mesa Dr Ste B206-324
Austin, Texas 78759

No checks will be accepted after the Early Bird registration deadline of Jan. 22. Payment will only be accepted via PayPal at that time.

Scholarship Questions:

Vendor questions:

Website or online registration form questions: Jackie Purdy-Andrews

Lodging questions: Contact the Embassy Suites by Hilton Austin Central directly, 512-454-8004

Membership questions: SWUUW Board president Katie Womack

Conference Convener: Mary Overton