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

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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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No more bus availability for Saturday’s March

All four of the buses going from First Universalist Church to the MN Women’s March this Saturday, Jan. 21, are now full.  There is no waiting list.  We hope you find alternative transport.

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Join Us for the MN Women’s March

Take the Bus with Us to the
Women’s March in Minnesota on January 21

On Saturday, Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration, we’ve arranged for buses to take a group to St. Paul for the Women’s March in Minnesota!
Meet at First Universalist Church at 8:45 a.m. We’ll gather in the sanctuary for singing, introductions, and important information. Buses will leave from the First Universalist Church parking lot at 9:45 a.m., and will arrive at St. Paul College by 10:30 a.m., where we’ll gather with other UUs and march to the Minnesota State Capitol together. All are welcome, including people of all gender identities and children.
Suggested donation: $10 per individual, $20 per family. Larger donations welcome! No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To reserve your seat on the bus, please register through the Eventbrite page here
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe in the power of love, the imperative to dismantle systems of oppression, the worth and dignity of every human being, and our fundamental interconnection with all existence. In support of these values, we join with our siblings from around the state to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The March will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights.
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