Discovering What We Know
Ceremonies – Workshops – Vendors – Drumming – Dancing – Singing – Sharing – Feasts – Friends
Attend “Discovering What We Know: Celebrating 20 Years of UU Women’s Wisdom” Friday through Sunday, February 24th to 26th at the Doral Tesoro Hotel & Golf Club, Fort Worth, Texas.
Interested in discovering what you know? Ready to delve into the mysteries of Mary Magdala and Interplay? Want yoga, dance and music? These are just a few of the many workshops and events offered at the 20th annual SWUUW Women’s Conference. Our weekend together will be a salute to our past, a time to strengthen our present, and a toast to our future. Join us at this pinpoint in our long and strong SWUUW timeline. As Keynote Speaker, Rosemary Matson has agreed to lead our celebration of wisdom. A self-described mover and shaker, Rosemary has stayed involved in UU women’s issues since the tumultuous ‘70s, and will inspire us with stories of accomplishment over obstacles. We will weave in stories from our local heroines, and welcome your contributions. We have so many stories, and so much to learn from each other. Our celebration of wisdom will include favorite workshops and vendors, great entertainment, and soul-satisfying ceremonies, plus new activities guaranteed for a rich experience. You can register at: www.swuuw.com/html/2006Conf.htm#2006Conf.
Keynote Speaker: Rosemary Matson. “It surely should be told before it is lost and to help set the record straight. It is important for future generations to know how it all began. Many of us have a piece of the story.” Rosemary Matson begins her memories of the UU Women and Religion Movement with these words that should resonate with all of us. A member of the UU Women’s Federation since its inception in 1963, Rosemary has taken center stage, sometimes literally, in creating and nurturing events that affect UU women, UU men and ultimately our global community. Has anyone ever missed the patriarchal and sexist language in our hymnals, now gone for some 20-odd years? Rosemary had a hand in the text revisions – but let her tell you that story. She can talk about going to Copenhagen with her friend and mentor, Lucile Longview, to the United Nations Mid-Decade Conference on Women, and discovering that every religion in the world was purported to be patriarchal and oppressive to women. In 1980 she co-chaired the Women and Religion Convocation on Feminist Theology in Michigan, where our beloved water ceremony was celebrated for the first time. The current link in her long chain of efforts is the “Unraveling the Gender Knot” curriculum, which explores the religious roots of patriarchy and how myths and traditions perpetuate and promote violence, both physical and psychological.
Rosemary has been honored with a roomful of awards, including the “Ministry to Women” award from the UUWF. Her name has been placed in the Wall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY, the site of the first Women’s Rights convention in 1848. The ACLU, the Baha'is, the United Nations Association and the American Humanist Association have all honored her too. She finishes her memoirs with these words: “I hope that by my writing this much, others will be prompted to write of their own experience. We need to do this. It is an important story.”
We agree. We want to hear it. We want to live it. We want to be a part of the great story of women in our world.
Co-conveners: Brenda Baldwin and Amy Youngblood.
Discovering What We Know