UU Women's Connection April 19-20, 2008, Robert Allerton Park, Monticello, Illinois 

"Allerton Institute", as it is known by so many women of the district, is held in the hearts, memories and stories of the UU Women's Connection, successor organization of the CMwD-UU Women's Federation.   Beginning in 1958 before the merger of the Unitarians and Universalits, women gathered at Robert Allerton Park, near Monticello Illinois to enjoy cutting-edge programming ranging from abortion rights to women's new role and responsibility and the importance of women's concerns.
Renamed UU Women's Connection after reorganization and incorporation as a non-profit working within the Central Midwest District, the Connection, a membership organization, continues to provide two outstanding retreats in spring and fall, other supplemental programming, quarterly news letter, website, grants, scholarships and donations to worthy UU and women's causes fulfilling its mission to facilitate better communication among UU women's organizations and individual members in the Central Midwest District and to stimulate interest in aspects of the UU movement and problems of the world.

The UU Women's Connection is currently working with the Women and Religion Committee to organize and host Train-the-Trainer workshops for the re-release of the break-out feminist curriculum, Cakes for the Queen of Heaven by Rev. Shirley Ranck, which it helped introduce to the women of the district 21 years ago. 

Spring Conference at Pilgrim Park, near Princeton, Illinois, new home for Allerton Institute, is scheduled for June 6-8, 2008 and features keynote speaker, Rev.Clare Butterfield of Faith in Place.