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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.

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Join UU Womyn for a Zoom Social, Saturday March 13, 10 am

Womyn’s “Sisterhood Socials”, on Zoom, are now held on the 2nd Saturday every month. Join us online at 10am for time to connect (or re-connect) with Womyn from our UUAA community.

Please download and import this iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system and make it a monthly event!
  
Join the Zoom Meeting every 2nd Saturday at 10am - https://zoom.us/j/96897589818

No computer or internet connection?  Dial   +1 312 626 6799 and enter Meeting ID: 968 9758 9818  when prompted to join the meeting using your phone.  

Sisterhood Socials are relaxed and friendly gatherings of Womyn in the UUAA Community. Please join us even if you’ll be a little late.

Can you host a ZOOM Social? 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.)

We are hopeful that in-person (outdoors and distanced) socials can resume in April or May as weather and Pandemic conditions permit!

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Come write a Poem with Me!  March 13, 2021, 10 am - Noon

Have you ever collaborated with a small group of creative people to craft something wonderful? Can you remember how magical it feels when all of your different ideas finally come together and meld into something that just feels both personal and community at the same time?

Womyn’s Council Chair Shirley Smith invites you to join her on just such a delightful journey in an online Zoom workshop to write a poem together! Shirley will guide workshop attendees through the collaborative process of writing a Japanese Nijuin Renga poem. A renga is a series of short verses linked into one long poem, composed collaboratively by a group. Nijuin means a 20-verse renga. Each constituent verse must make sense independently and should also connect in some way with the verses that follow and precede.

We’ll need at least 4 and not more than 10 Womyn to make collaboration feasible online. If more womyn are interested, Shirley will consider offering a second session. To join the fun and free workshop, you must pre-register with Shirley. Once you’re registered, Shirley will provide you with the Zoom Room link.

Contact Shirley Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

“Come write a poem with me, that I might know your Heart” 

 

Womyn's Circles

What is a Womyn’s Circle?

 A Women’s Circle is a small group of 8-12 that gathers regularly for friendship and support. Many of the UUAA’s existing circles have been active for decades!

 A womyn's circle is a safe and sacred space for womyn to come together, use their voices, be heard and be seen. Womyn throughout history have gathered in circles to empower each other and share wisdom. Circles have shared leadership and encourage and welcome diverse points of view.

 A Circle provides an opportunity to connect with other UUAA womyn by:

  • Speaking from our heart and our own experience
  • Listening with respect and compassion
  • Holding the stories that are shared with compassion and confidentiality
  • Being together in discovery and exploration through conversation

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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.

 

Womyn’s Council Leadership

Shirley Smith - Chair, Liaison for Radical Welcome
 
Michele Zmich - Co-Chair
 
Judi Lintott - Retreat Co-Chair, Coordinator of Communication & Social Connections
 
Laura Bollettino - Liaison for Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression
 
Charlene Mangi - Liaison for Climate Justice
 
Constance Dickinson - Member at Large
 
Cory Williamson-Cardneau - Member at Large
 
Rose Rose - Member at Large
 
Janelle Stewart - Member at Large
 
Open - Retreat Co-Chair, for Programming
 
Amy Thomas - Secretary/Treasurer, Womyn’s Circles Co-Coordinator
 
Meg McKenzie - Womyn’s Circles Coordinator
 
Open - Youth Liaison (Teen grade 10-12)

 

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.

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Find new friends in a Womyn’s Circle --  A Women’s Circle is a small group of 8-12 that gathers regularly for friendship and support. Many of the UUAA’s existing circles have been around for decades! A womyn's circle is a safe and sacred space for womyn to come together, use their voices, be heard and be seen. Womyn throughout history have gathered in circles to empower each other and share wisdom.  Circles have shared leadership and encourage and welcome diverse points of view. A Circle provides an opportunity to connect with other UUAA womyn by:

  • Speaking from our heart and our own experience
  • Listening with respect and compassion
  • Holding the stories that are shared with compassion and confidentiality
  • Being together in discovery and exploration through conversation

Contact Meg McKenzie   (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  or Amy Thomas  (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. In the past (pre-pandemic) we have offered weekend retreats, Singing in Sacred Circle events, "Me Too" movement discussions, book discussions and more. During the pandemic, all of our offerings are online (via Zoom). The next event is a group poetry writing activity on March 13. 

 

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.