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Women's Leadership Day

Who is your congregation’s woman for the ages?  …  female “agent of change?”  ... honored leader/volunteer?

Each CMwD congregation is invited to submit the name and story of one outstanding female leader who will be celebrated and honored March 20th at Third Unitarian of Chicago at UU Women as Agents of Change -- Women’s Leadership Day. 

CMwD Women and Religion Committee and UU Women’s Connection (successor to CMwD-UUWF) proudly present a women’s leadership day to celebrate the 200th birthday of Margaret Fuller.  The wish is to honor UU women who have similarly stepped up in difficult times, as did this feisty and fearless UU foremother.  We recognize that women who now make up over 50 percent of the ministerial leadership and the women lay leaders of Unitarian Universalism are surely “Agents of Change.”

On May 20, 2010 Third Unitarian Church of Chicago, 301 North Mayfield, Chicago, appropriately hosts “Agents of Change,” in part because of the congregation's long history of supporting, and being supported by women committed to building a vital liberal religious presence in Chicago and across the Midwest.  Third’s most prominent early clergy representative of this leadership was the Reverend Dr. Rowena Morse Mann, who ministered at Third between 1910 and 1925.  Dr. Mann, the first woman to receive a theological doctorate from a German university, and later served Third during years of extraordinary challenge and transition for the congregation.   Third also has had exceptional female lay leadership in Women’s Alliance members there.

The Women’s Alliance at 3rd U, still meeting informally today, was part of the National Alliance of Unitarian Women whose history formally began in 1880.   It is the Alliance groups in the Illinois who met with the Association of Universalist Women groups here to begin merger talks in 1962.  November 30 1964 marked the beginning of the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation of the Central Midwest District.

In recognition of their creative leadership we invite your congregation’s honoree to attend the program free of charge.  Other interested women from the congregation may also attend for a modest $15 registration fee.  The program will feature lunch, celebration, honoring, Margaret Fuller Conversation salons and entertainment by MOMSthatROCK!  

For more information or to submit your honoree form or to register for this special day visit: www.womenandreligion.org OR e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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