1 00:00:18,000 --> 00:00:24,029 founded in 1963 through consolidation of Unitarian and Universalist women's 2 00:00:24,029 --> 00:00:28,920 organizations the uu Women's Federation or uuwf 3 00:00:28,920 --> 00:00:35,430 has evolved into an education advocacy and funding organization with a vital 4 00:00:35,430 --> 00:00:41,250 mission to advance justice for women and girls and to promote their spiritual 5 00:00:41,250 --> 00:00:48,510 growth uuwf is one of two associate members organizations of the UUA along 6 00:00:48,510 --> 00:00:51,059 with the unitarian universalist service committee 7 00:00:51,059 --> 00:01:09,059 please welcome uuwf president Claire Sexton thank you good afternoon I am so 8 00:01:09,059 --> 00:01:15,719 happy to be here and so honored to be a part of the uu Women's Federation it's 9 00:01:15,719 --> 00:01:20,640 been quite a year from the energy of the women's March to the explosion of the 10 00:01:20,640 --> 00:01:27,150 me too movement to the smaller quieter daily activities millions of people have 11 00:01:27,150 --> 00:01:32,400 spoken out and called out gender and justice lately we seek to push our 12 00:01:32,400 --> 00:01:39,000 society further and faster toward the end of the imperialist white supremacist 13 00:01:39,000 --> 00:01:45,780 white supremacist capitalist hetero patriarchy as Unitarian Universalists we 14 00:01:45,780 --> 00:01:50,579 are called to break the cycles of oppression within and beyond our 15 00:01:50,579 --> 00:01:55,700 denomination are small and active board is comprised of passionate volunteers 16 00:01:55,700 --> 00:02:01,829 committed to gender justice and intersectionality as announced at last 17 00:02:01,829 --> 00:02:08,460 year's GA we are proceeding for uu women and religion to become a key program of 18 00:02:08,460 --> 00:02:12,930 the uuwf combining forces in our mutual quest 19 00:02:12,930 --> 00:02:19,530 toward diverse religious feminism's and gender equity the new prophetic 20 00:02:19,530 --> 00:02:25,500 sisterhood a project of the uuwf continues its work to amplify the voices 21 00:02:25,500 --> 00:02:29,310 and ministries of women identified religious 22 00:02:29,310 --> 00:02:34,050 professionals and serve as a platform for sharing their sermons and other 23 00:02:34,050 --> 00:02:39,959 public acts of ministry this year we expanded the scope of this project to 24 00:02:39,959 --> 00:02:44,430 include not only clergy but all religious professionals and now engage 25 00:02:44,430 --> 00:02:49,080 over 250 colleagues one of the initiatives of the new prophetic 26 00:02:49,080 --> 00:02:54,120 sisterhood is the annual justice for women and girls sermon award this year's 27 00:02:54,120 --> 00:03:02,130 submissions most frequently addressing me - both inside and outside uu the 28 00:03:02,130 --> 00:03:07,620 award recipient for 2018 was Clare fortune-lad the director of religious 29 00:03:07,620 --> 00:03:13,459 education in Haverhill Massachusetts she delivered her sermon me too now what 30 00:03:13,459 --> 00:03:19,830 during the last program slide our Margaret Fuller funding projects this 31 00:03:19,830 --> 00:03:25,830 year include major funding to document uu women's herstory in the heresies 32 00:03:25,830 --> 00:03:30,660 special collection at Meadville Lombard one that was close to Denny David offs 33 00:03:30,660 --> 00:03:35,820 heart she asks uuwf to contribute to the preparation of the 34 00:03:35,820 --> 00:03:40,739 heresies archive to be converted to searchable online documents to be more 35 00:03:40,739 --> 00:03:45,209 accessible to everyone additionally we are providing funding 36 00:03:45,209 --> 00:03:50,819 for the authors of an upcoming upcoming Skinner house food project speaking our 37 00:03:50,819 --> 00:03:56,160 stories and telling our truths black women clergy in Unitarian Universalism 38 00:03:56,160 --> 00:04:02,069 to share their stories in person in promotion of this important and timely 39 00:04:02,069 --> 00:04:08,190 anthology an equity and justice grant this year provided funds for a 40 00:04:08,190 --> 00:04:13,109 congregation in Harrisburg to offer childcare during the 40-day season of 41 00:04:13,109 --> 00:04:17,579 civil actions by the Poor People's Campaign of Pennsylvania at the state 42 00:04:17,579 --> 00:04:24,269 capital as part of the larger campaign the national call for moral revival the 43 00:04:24,269 --> 00:04:29,190 Marjorie Bowens Wheatley scholarship program provides direct financial 44 00:04:29,190 --> 00:04:34,260 support to aspirants or candidates to the Unitarian Universalist ministry or 45 00:04:34,260 --> 00:04:38,130 candidates in the UAE's religious education 46 00:04:38,130 --> 00:04:44,150 music leadership programs who identify as women of color latina or Hispanic 47 00:04:44,150 --> 00:04:50,940 this past year's recipients were Diane Daniels of Norwich Connecticut and 48 00:04:50,940 --> 00:04:56,540 Sana Saeed of Arlington Massachusetts 49 00:04:56,540 --> 00:05:01,760 we are so pleased to support Diane and Sana on their paths in ministry and 50 00:05:01,760 --> 00:05:06,380 encourage others to apply the next application first the scholarship is 51 00:05:06,380 --> 00:05:12,980 October 1st our interfaith intersectional equity and justice work 52 00:05:12,980 --> 00:05:20,570 in 2018 just from January to may included supported will pay with an 53 00:05:20,570 --> 00:05:24,590 ongoing commitment to recognizing the even greater disparity for women of 54 00:05:24,590 --> 00:05:29,750 color and women with disabilities advocacy for a federal paid family leave 55 00:05:29,750 --> 00:05:36,040 policy with n continued fierce opposition to efforts to overturn 56 00:05:36,040 --> 00:05:42,170 reproductive rights and choices many thanks to the UWF Minister Reverend 57 00:05:42,170 --> 00:05:46,760 Marty Keller for her expertise and her energy for this important ongoing 58 00:05:46,760 --> 00:05:55,629 advocacy she's back these are just examples over of our work 59 00:05:55,629 --> 00:06:00,789 over the past year and we regularly post actions and information to our members 60 00:06:00,789 --> 00:06:08,050 in the public through social media the uuwf seeks to amplify the voices of 61 00:06:08,050 --> 00:06:13,060 women in the unitarian universalist movement and the voices of uu women in 62 00:06:13,060 --> 00:06:18,219 our country we are committed to engaging you use in the work for gender justice 63 00:06:18,219 --> 00:06:23,620 in an intersectional way for more information here at GA come talk with us 64 00:06:23,620 --> 00:06:29,289 at booth 322 in the exhibit hall just look for the red tent and for updates 65 00:06:29,289 --> 00:06:33,639 throughout the year like us on facebook follow us on Twitter and visit our 66 00:06:33,639 --> 00:06:39,360 website uuwf.org