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The UUAA Womyn’s Council coordinates programming and activities for those who identify as women at UUAA. We refer to this larger group of women as the Womyn’s Community. The Womyn’s Council offers a huge variety of activities, both fun and serious endeavors. We hope you will join us for as many of these as your schedule allows.

If you have questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To subscribe to the Womyn's Community email listserv, please CLICK HERE.

 

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Join a New Womyn's Circle

New Womyn’s Circles Scheduling Tool . . .  We are trying something new to help us match up womyn’s schedules, as finding a common date and time for meetings can be a bit challenging sometimes.  We are using an online scheduling tool, “WhenIsGood”, that allows each user to simply click all the time slots that could work for them. If you’re considering joining a Womyn’s Circle, we encourage you to give this a try! Fill out the online scheduling tool at http://whenisgood.net/pmexsjn  and click on all of your available times during a typical week (disregard the actual dates).   Add your name and comment e.g. which Wednesday of the month is best for you - "prefer 2nd Wed./month", "prefer  evenings", or "prefer Saturday afternoon". Please list as many times as possible so we can get the most matches. When we get enough womyn during a time slot to start a circle, we will contact you all to arrange a “Meet and Greet” get your circle started. Or stop by the Womyn's Community table in the social hall.

 

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Womyn's Sisterhood Socials

If you've never been to a Sisterhood Social, this is the perfect time to give it a try! Sisterhood Socials are adapting to the pandemic restrictions. Please join our email list to find out more... send a message with your name, phone and email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

UUAA Womyn meet online for virtual socials every month!

3rd Friday of every month. 7-8pm. Sisterhood Socials are relaxed and friendly gatherings of Womyn in the UUAA Community. You can attend the ZOOM Sisterhood Socials by computer or by phone beginning at 7pm. Please join us even if you’ll be a little late. To join the gathering, keep an eye on your email during the week before each social, and click on the link provided.

The next ZOOM Sisterhood Social will be on December 18, co-hosted by Amy Thomas and Meg McKenzie.

Can you host a ZOOM Social early in 2021? If you can serve as host or co-host for a future Sisterhood Social, please let us know! (The Womyn’s Council will provide the Zoom link and will promote the event. All you need to do is be the first to “arrive” in the online Zoom room and facilitate the conversation.) Socials are traditionally held on the third Friday of each month. We are looking for virtual hosts for the following dates: January 15th; February 19th; March 19 th. We are hopeful that in-person (outdoors and distanced) socials can resume in April or May as weather and Pandemic conditions permit!

 

Womyn's Retreat

The 2020 retreat was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. If it is considered safe to gather in person, the 2021 Womyn's Retreat will be held September 24-26, at Camp Copneconic, located in Fenton, MI. If it is not yet safe to gather in person, the retreat will be held the same weekend, but will offer a modified selection of outdoors (distanced) activities and online ZOOM workshops and social events. We hope you will join us for whichever style retreat is deemed appropriate.

 

 Newsletter

Download or view the Womyn's Community March/April 2019 Newsletter by following this link.

 

 

Womyn’s Council Leadership

Chair: Lorrie Carbone

Co-Chair: Open

Secretary/Treasurer: Open

Communication & Social Connections: Judi Lintott

Women’s Circles: Pat Kuessner

Weekend Retreat: Open (Chair), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monthly Breakfast: Royla Furniss

Education & Advocacy: Colleen Crawley and Lori Reece

Teen Liaison: Susan Lintott

Support: Louise Kazarinoff, Barb Hall, Mary Ann Hergenrother, Julie Dybdahl, Anita Sherman-Moran, Linda Seyfarth Ward, Anne Stahlhandske, Diane Downer, Shirley Smith, Amy Thomas

 

Why the “Y” in our logo?

The Womyn’s Community logo both honors the wisdom and history of past generations of women, and hints at possibilities for whimsical and fun vitality in our present and future. You’ll notice that we’ve chosen to spell WOMYN with the non-traditional Y. The intent is to take the psychological and visual focus off of the word “men” in the logo. This choice declares that we are part of the movement of women who refuse to be defined by men. We are womyn and only we have the right to define our relationships with ourselves, society, with other womyn and men.

 

Our Mission Statement

The UUAA Womyn’s Council provides structure and leadership to coordinate events, activities, educational programming and pastoral support for all who identify as womyn in the UUAA community. By “woman”, “womyn” and “women”, we mean anyone who identifies as a woman in a way that is significant to them, be they trans, non-binary, gender fluid or gender non-conforming individuals. All are welcome.

 

Alignment with UUAA’s core values and the Board’s strategic plan

The Womyn’s Council supports the goals of the UUAA by providing a stronger individual and group ministry for women in our congregation. The group is helping to maintain the essential component of pastoral care in our ministries by providing a supportive and welcoming online and interpersonal network to nurture commitment to our UU community and to deepen our connections with each other. This Council provides an outreach to UU women who may not be able to attend regularly on Sundays but who still have a desire to be part of our UUAA Womyn’s Community.

 

Promoting UUAA core values within the congregation and wider communities

Participation in Womyn’s Council programs and events is open to women active at UUAA and in the larger community. Our events are always welcoming to guests who may be curious to explore Unitarian Universalism and the values we hold dear. Our activities may be advertised in appropriate media such as MLive, the Ann Arbor Observer, through social media of the group and individual members, and more. All of our programming adheres to the UU seven core principles and operates within the guidelines and governance of this congregation.

 

Programming

Friendship – In a large congregation such as ours, it can be intimidating to find your place and make new friends. The social functions offered by the Womyn’s Community will help you connect with others in a relaxed, not overwhelming way. The monthly breakfasts and the evening “Sisterhood Socials” are usually attended by about 20 women. Newcomers are always warmly welcomed. The annual weekend retreat, held in the Spring, also offers many opportunities to connect with new friends and reconnect with those you may have known for years.

WomynCircleSmall Groups – Called “Women’s Circles”, small groups of women form bonds similar to a family. The connections and support these circles offer to their members often continues for decades. Contact Pat Kuessner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 734-971-5823.

 

 

 

 

Education – The Womyn’s Council occasionally sponsors or hosts adult education programming specifically for or about women and their interests. A full-day conference on women’s health and a day of Singing in Sacred Circle are in the planning stages for Winter 2018 and Spring 2019. In addition, The UUAA Men’s Council has invited the Womyn’s Council to co-host an event to further explore our understanding of the “Me Too” movement.

 

Advocacy  Many women in our community are passionate about topics of particular interest to women. While the congregation and its officially recognized groups are not permitted to take or promote an official position on any political issue or support a particular candidate, we do make efforts to keep our members informed about opportunities to participate in activities and organizations whose goals are aligned with out UU principles. Many of our members coordinate efforts to attend local, state and national marches and demonstrations, share information about environmental and social justice issues, and encourage other women to join their efforts to improve conditions in our world.

 

WomynBreakfastMonthly Women’s Breakfasts-- [Currently on hold due to Covid-19]

The West Side breakfast is held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, at 8:15am at the Classic Cup Cafe (4389 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, across from the UM Credit Union). Each month, around 20 UUAA women gather for breakfast and conversation. There’s no set agenda other than spending time with old friends and often making some new ones. Join us and invite your woman friends at UUAA to come along for the fun. Contact Royla Furniss at 734-623-1506 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The first East Side Brunch will be at 10 am on Saturday March 14 at Bobcat Bonnie’s, located in downtown Ypsilanti at the corner of Huron St. and Michigan Ave. There is plenty of free parking in the lots just one block north of Michigan Ave., and on-street parking is often available on Michigan Ave.

 

 

WomynPCPastoral Care  – An integral building block of community is to take care of its members in need. The Womyn’s Community supports the pastoral care team by helping to share information about the needs of congregants with short-term special care needs such as providing food for a large memorial reception, meals for a family after delivery of a baby, rides and meals for someone in long-term rehabilitation, or simply offering company during a hospital stay.

 

 

Coming of Age Mentoring and Elder Council – The Womyn’s Council has pledged to support our 9th grade “Coming of Age” class by assisting in recruiting female-identifying mentors for youth in the class, and helping to coordinate meals and the elder councils held during the final initiation weekend.