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CUUWA 2022 Tea and Business Meeting

The CUUWA Annual Tea and Meeting will take place on Zoom on June 11, at 12 pm Pacific, 1 pm Mountain, 2 pm Central, 3 pm Eastern, 4 pm Atlantic, and 4:30 NL time. (Saskatchewan residents, please convert the time from 3 pm Eastern.)

During the first hour, all are invited to engage in a cross-country conversation. We invite you to bring a special cup or mug filled with the hot beverage of your choice and homemade bread or treats to our Tea. After you enter from the waiting room, we will introduce ourselves.  Then we will take the time to discuss the following questions in breakout sessions:

  1. What is happening in your congregation or UU group doing around feminism? (e.g. IWD service, women’s writing group or small ministry group, partnerships with organizations, etc.) What projects show interesting, creative, feminist thinking?
  2. How can CUUWA support individuals, groups, and congregations in Canada? What feminist action or activity would you like to start or help us with?

You may enjoy reflecting on the questions alone or with friends during the weeks leading up to our meeting.

The business meeting takes place in the second hour. If you are not sure if your CUUWA membership is up to date, please contact Margaret L. to check and renew. For all other questions, contact Jo-Anne.

In order to receive the Zoom link for the meeting, you must click on this link and complete your registration. The link is to a registration form, not the meeting. Once I get the notification, I will approve your registration and you will receive the confirmation and connection information. Please contact me if you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours of completing your registration. I will also send periodic reminders, including early in the day of the meeting.
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpdOmrrTwqGtO5wZcWfw9g8bx91YcmGjs9


Hope to see many of you at the Tea and meeting!

Jo-Anne, interim chair

Canadian U*U Feminist Book Club

2021-2022 Schedule

We meet every month for the Canadian U*U Feminist Book Club on the second (or alternative) Sunday at 3 Pacific, 6 Eastern, so let’s meet then for an hour on Zoom: 
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Meeting ID: 328 662 153
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I Zoomed into Vancouver in the fall to talk about the waves of feminism, and thought we would use that to structure our discussions. Each month we’ll talk about a different wave and I’ll suggest some writers from that period. Of course you can choose a different book or article from that period, watch a TedTalk or a video on them, etc. I’ll give a quick intro and then we’ll go into breakout rooms to talk about our experiences with a related issue. 
Here’s our schedule: 

November 14, 2021: First wave feminism. Discussion: voting and citizenship

Suggestions

Invisible Influence: Claiming Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s History – edited by Jean Pfleiderer, Heather Fraser Fawcett, Kathy Sage

Mary Wollstonecraft, Sojourner Truth, Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan Brownell Anthony

Note: Postponed to December 19, 2021, instead. Second wave feminism. Discussion: consciousness-raising, employment equity and reproductive rights, 1960s and 1970s activism

Suggestions: Adrienne Rich, Gloria Steinem, Germaine Greer, Dorothy Livesay,
Margaret Laurence, Sylvia Plath

January 9, 2022: Third wave feminism. Discussion: intersectionality, privilege and disadvantage

February 13, 2022: Fourth wave feminism. Discussion: the internet, technology, global concerns

March 13, 2022: Fifth wave feminism. Discussion: Dismantling patriarchy, racism, colonialism, and capitalism

A Sunday Service in Fredericton used the resources (which will be published in the future) from our discussions to celebrate feminism on March 6, 2022.

All congregations are encouraged to hold an IWD service on a Sunday in March. Four congregations we know of (Ottawa First, Toronto First, Halifax, and Fredericton) held services on March 6 to mark the occasion.

To plan IWD service in the future, please explore the resources and theme packages on our website.

2021 CUUWA IWD Service

The recording of the 2021 CUUWA IWD Service, featuring an original sermon by Reverend Kathy Sage and original artistic creations including Dreaming, Demystifying, Decolonizing, Dreaming, Devoting by Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet, songs by Rev. Wendy Luella Perkins, and poems and readings by CUUWA members, can be found here or under videos on our Facebook page. Read more about using or sharing the recording and contributing to our creators on this page.

Sacred Space: 2021 IWD Theme for Worship and Study

For International Women’s Day, 2021, the CU*UWA invites you to take part in our Worship service and to reflect on the theme at home. We have prepared a package of materials on the theme of Sacred Space for worship, study, reflection, and inspiration. Download the package here.

The Canadian Unitarian and/or Universalist Women’s Association (CU*UWA) invites all Unitarian*Universalists and congregations across Canada to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 7 or March 8, 2021. March 8 is International Women’s Day, and the CUUWA will be holding an IWD Service on March 7, 2021, at 5 pm Eastern, 2 pm Pacific time, on Zoom.

Meditative Poetry

CUUWA and Vancouver Unitarians host several gatherings each week for you to drop in and hear a poem by a Canadian (usually) woman poet. Current dates are:

Saturday and Sunday 12 noon Eastern

The zoom link is sponsored by Vancouver Unitarians. A few minutes in advance just follow the shortlink ucv.im/cuuwa

The facilitator for the day reads the selected poem three times with a minute of silence and brief sharing in between each reading. It’s usually a small group of 4 to 5 and so it’s a nice “break” in your day –taking about 15 to 20 minutes and never more than 30. On occasion if it’s a long poem, we read it only twice.

We also have a googlegroup where we often post titles and authors and send an occasional reminder. You are welcome to join even if you just want to see the poems and aren’t planning on joining the zoom gathering.

Contact Mary Bennett at ucvconnect@gmail.com if you want more details.

Updates are often posted at vancouverunitarians.ca – Just search for “poetry” or “CUUWA”.

No obligation to be a poem reader. Many of us who are reading consider it a rare privilege to be able to read aloud a (new) favorite poem to attentive listeners.

Feminist Book Club

Our book club meets Sunday, February 7th this month with a focus on #MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls). We usually meet on the 2nd Sunday at 7pm Eastern, but changed the date because the annual March for MMIWG is on Sunday, February 14th.

Facilitators: Hisako and Mary Bennett from Vancouver.

We will send out a resource list on our googlegroup.

Meeting on zoom.

CUUWA Virtual Winter Social

Social for CUUWA Members and Friends

We’d like to invite you to a Winter Social on Zoom!

We can’t share tea and cookies in the same room, so let’s exchange power stories.

Join us on December 12, 2020, for a series of virtual conversations about where we have felt powerful, where we gather strength and power, where we see woman or mother or queer or goddess or sacred mystery and power.

Come and meet CUUWA past and current National Council members, participants in our low-stress feminist book club and our Cakes for the Queen of Heaven course, feminists across Canada who identify as U*Us, and others who would like to learn more about the CUUWA and chat.

Message Jo-Anne for the Zoom link.

Topic: CUUWA Winter Social

Date: Dec 12, 2020

Time: 16:00 Atlantic, 15:00 Eastern, 14:00 Central, 13:00 Mountain, 12:00 Pacific time

Format: 60-90 minutes, in breakout rooms