Musings from our Fall 2018 Retreat
- Written by: Pat Hyams
In October 2018, some lucky women made a joyful trek to the Dekoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin for a weekend of reflection, singing, writing and growth. Mary Grace ("M.G.") Bertulfo was our dynamic keynote speaker, workshops were offered, massages signed up for, vendor wares purchased, raffle prizes claimed, old freiends reunited, new friends made, and a rousing good time was had by all. The element we honored was "fire;" the fire of passion, the fire that cleanses, the fire that destroys, the fire in each of us.
From Juli's Journal (Fall 2014)
- Written by: Juli Cicarelli
During our fall retreat in the beautiful DeKoven Center we truly celebrated our lives as women. With the guidance of our keynote speaker, Joyce Higginbotham, we explored how to value and deepen our wisdom as women while reaching out to others in a compassionate way. Higginbotham, the coauthor of three books on Paganism, discussed Pagan Spirituality, and through meditation led us all on an exploration of our own unique life experiences. During discussions we learned much about each other, and at the same time realized that as women we shared many common concerns.
In her workshop, Higginbotham talked about the Sacred Act of Listening. Using material from the Parliament of the World Religions in 2009, she defined the sacred art of listening as:
Adventures in Cyberspace
- Written by: Pat Goller
Was it only a few years ago (2006) that the UU Women's Connection went up with their first website? Look at us now!
Our Facebook group was added a few years ago to extend the Connection's outreach to women on the popular wave of social networking. You can find us on Facebook by clicking on the Find us on Facebook link at left.
In 2012 The Connection introduced the Voices of Women electronic mail list that brings program information, the quarterly VOW Newsletter, retreat brochures and other news of interest to women. Want an invitation to subscribe to this list?
So...what is new now? The MEMBERSHIP link on the top menu of our site gives members a way to renew their membership and/or make a scholarship donation conveniently online. Don't know when your membership expires?
- Written by: Pat Goller
The 2011 fall retreat on Lake Michigan this past year provided a metaphor of the future of our organization in my mind. Though it was the 29th annual fall retreat since the women at Rockford began at Lake Geneva on Williams Bay, the spot on Lake Michigan was familiar and all brand new at the same time. We are comfortable on the water for this fall retreat and the ocean-like vastness of Lake Michigan with its unseen shore on the other side calls us to the broader world. During the retreat, we walked to the beach to bless the waters of the world, "Dr Emoto-style." We seem to truly be living out our mission to connect women to the larger world.
An unusual and unexpected storm the week before the retreat left a deposit of new sand on the grassy areas near the beach. We were among the first there to investigate bits of colored glass, pretty little shells and shell pieces, sea weed and worn pieces of drift wood that the storm had blown ashore. We joined water birds in investigation of the small tide pools teeming with life. Our foot prints mingled with bird prints in the sand on the freshly swept beach. Were we also what the storm blew in?