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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com.