AUW Annual Dinner!

There Are So Many Reasons Why You Should Come to the

Annual Meeting and Dinner May 20 at 5 pm!

1. It’s fun!

2. It’s free!

3. Great food!

4. Great company!

This is a such a great opportunity to socialize with women at First Universalist and learn more about the Association of Unitarian Women since you don’t even have to be a member of AUW to join us! We will discuss all that the AUW has accomplished over the past year and we will be seeking feed back from the women in our congregation to determine where we want to go next year! There will be food and fun times!

We are also collecting items for Fairview Augsburg Academy and for the Shelter for Somali Women and Children. Both organizations have mentioned the need for intimate apparel, feminine products, and especially toys and books for the children in the shelter.

Please considering volunteering  to help with set up and clean up. If interested please contact Val at:

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AUW 2017 Women’s Speaker Series

Please join us for the final event in our women’s speaker series on Saturday, April 29th from 8:30 am-12:00 pm in the Social Hall.  The speakers have very personal stories to tell about domestic abuse and what they are doing to stop the violence.

8:30 – 9:00  Coffee and Rolls

9:00 – 10:15

Joan Hicks Boone is a member of the Minnesota Valley Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).  Joan grew up in New Brighton, Minnesota and is currently seeking publication for her memoir, The Best Girl- a first person account of growing up in a home dominated by domestic violence.

Joan’s talk will offer a brief overview of the National Organization for Women, including discussion of their six core issues, one of which is – Freedom from Violence. She will discuss specific safety and legislative concerns related to domestic violence, including sharing events from her own experience.  Joan will conclude with action items that can be taken on an individual or global basis in the area of domestic violence.

10:30 – 11:45

Farhio Khalif established the Voice of East African Women organization and secured legislative funding for a domestic abuse shelter in St. Paul for East African women.

Farhio will share her story of growing up in Somalia and her emigration journey.  She will also provide a window into the challenges faced by Somalian immigrant women in Minnesota and what she is doing to make a difference.

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Association of Universalist Women 18th Annual Retreat

There is still time to register for the spring retreat, coming up Friday April 21 to Sunday April 23, 2017.

UU women, you are invited to attend the annual retreat of the First Universalist Women (AUW). The theme is “We Rise” with Rev. Ashley Horan as the keynote speaker on Saturday morning. Rev. Horan is the Executive Director of MUUSJA, The Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance.

There will be workshops, both serious and fun, a crafts room, poetry, knitting, nature walks, a singalong, morning meditation, yoga and much more. Spend time with others and activities or enjoy time to yourself in the lovely woods and lake surrounding Koinonia, the retreat center.

Koinonia Retreat Center is in South Haven, MN, about 80 minutes driving northwest of Minneapolis. Registration $225 for the weekend. Saturday only registration is $80. Carpools can be arranged. A link to online registration is available at Brown Paper Tickets. For further information you may e-mail Phyllis Stenerson of the planning team at


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Come to the Spring Retreat April 21-23, 2017

Spring Retreat from Marilyn Lamoreux on Vimeo.

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International Women’s Day Brings ERA to the MN Capitol!

International Women’s Day Brings ERA to the MN Capitol! 

On International Women’s Day March 8th 2017, ERA Minnesota (ERAMN) hosts ERA Day of Action at the State Capitol in conjunction with #WomensMarchMN. This is part of a national push known as “A Day Without A Woman” designed to send a resounding message to our leaders that “Women’s Rights are Human Rights!”
“Wage discrimination, domestic violence, international women’s rights, rape & sexual assault, female poverty, pregnancy discrimination, female incarceration and the law all tie together to thwart women’s progress,” said Betty Folliard, President of ERAMN; “and an Equal Rights Amendment embedded in our Constitution will address all these issues.”
“The absence of an ERA demonstrates a double-standard in our laws: one level of strict scrutiny for everything that is named in the constitution as a protected class such as religion, country of origin, and race; then a lower standard of scrutiny known as intermediate scrutiny is assigned to issues affecting women because discrimination on the basis of gender or sex is not named in our Constitution,” said Folliard.
“It’s a simple matter of equal access to justice in America”, said Rosemary Rocco, longtime women’s rights activist and an ERAMN organizer of this ERA Day of Action.
Currently there are 6 bills in the Minnesota House and Senate: a resolution to Congress to remove the deadline on the ERA, and a Minnesota ERA to the state constitution. In addition, there are ERA bills at the federal level and in several other states, including Nevada which looks poised this year to be the first state in 35 years to ratify the ERA.
An ERA press conference will be held in the Capitol Press Conference Room B-971 at 11:00 on March 8th to discuss ERAMN’s legislative priorities. For more info, go to

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