logo UUAA Womyns CommunityThe 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.

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Who serves on the Womyn’s Council?

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 women in the UUAA community.

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.

Promotion of 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.

Small 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.

Weekend Retreat – Every May, dozens of UUAA women escape to a nearby camp for three days and two nights of man-free, kid-free comradery. The retreats offer singing and drumming, campfires, workshops, hours of free “me” time, opportunities for hiking, someone else to do all the cooking and clean-up, small groups for closer and relaxed interactions, and a renewed sense of belonging to this beloved community. Registration is available online about six weeks before each event. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Monthly Women’s 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..

Sisterhood Socials  Evening Social Events are typically held on the 4th Friday of each month, 6-9 pm. You’re invited to join us monthly for a casual social event with no set agenda. Most are in the hostess’s home, but the location is really up to the hostess. These are BYOB and bring food to share. Activities are flexible: could be conversation, topic-specific discussions, game night, movie, crafts or a mix of whatever seems right for the night. Hope to see you at one soon!

  • September 28 – Gather for a backyard (or indoor) campfire and s’mores! Feel free to bring musical instruments. Because many dads may be attending the Men’s Retreat that weekend, children are welcome to attend this month. With advance request, hostess will arrange for teen babysitters. Hostess Judi Lintott, 4642 Walnut Court, Ypsilanti, MI 48197; 734-352-7285.
  • October 26 – Women are encouraged to attend the Halloween Party Family Fun Night at church. $5 donation suggested.
  • November & December – break
  • January 25 – Hostess needed
  • February 22 – Hostess needed

Would you like to host a Sisterhood Social? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

Pastoral 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.