The Annual Meeting of the Women's Alliance was held on Thursday, May 16, 2014. President, Langdon Holloway's, remarks can be read here.
The Women’s Alliance’s mission is to encourage women, to support their efforts at self-realization, provide sisterhood and service to the church and community. The WA is independent from the congregation, a tradition stemming from the history of disenfranchisement in the community and prohibitions against women serving on the church’s board of trustees. We support women in leadership positions and have provided grants for “Women in the Pulpit” and training for female seminarians.
The WA initiated a Sunday school for workers’ children an early settlement house in Brooklyn. In the 1970s women from FUUB were activists for abortion rights. We are proud of this legacy. A more complete history of the Women's Alliance can be found in Olive Hoogenboom's book, "The First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn: 150 Years"
CALENDAR GIRLS is a 2003 comedy based on a true story starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. In a small town in Yorkshire, England, Annie Clark’s husband has just died of leukemia. Inspired by his speech to the local Women’s Institute, in which he compared the flowers of Yorkshire to the women of Yorkshire, Ann’s best friend, Chris Harper, decides to raise funds for the leukemia treatment wing of the local hospital. The Women’s Institute chooses to publish a calendar with twelve of their middle-aged members posing in the nude. The calendar is a huge success, leading to an appearance on the Tonight Show. Critic Roger Ebert noted, “That the movie works, and it does, mostly because of the charm of Mirren and Walters, who show their characters having so much fun that it becomes infectious.” Light snacks will be served. All are Welcome.
Build community and break bread at a catered luncheon hosted by the Women’s Alliance and the Twenties and Thirties (TNTs)! Join us on for a collaborative project to bring together women of all ages to have in-depth conversation about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist woman.
We will place women in diverse groups for a conversation guided by questions about our dreams, concerns, and joys, as well as our personal experiences of faith, livelihood, and gender. We’ll then reconvene to share our insights and consider how we can continue to support each other in our congregation and community. The luncheon will place in the Frances White Room.
If you would like to be a part of this adventure, please RSVP by March 16th by contacting Kathy Ivans (firstname.lastname@example.org). Due to space constraints, we will randomly choose twenty women who RSVP to participate in this first event. We hope to continue our dialogue with shared projects and similar events in the future. We look forward to sharing our discoveries and ideas with the congregation following the event through a display of photos and quotes.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel is a fascinating look at the influential editor of Harper’s Bazaar and editor in chief of Vogue. During her fifty-year reign as “Empress of Fashion” she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis and helped popularize the historical collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute. “An intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the twentieth century, Diana Vreeland is an enduring icon who has had a strong influence on the course of fashion, beauty, publishing and culture.” Directed by Diana’s sister, Lisa Vreeland, the NY Times said: “Atwitter before Twitter, Diana was a fabulous wit who brings to mind Wilde and Warhol.” Screening is in the Chapel (enter on Pierrepont St between Clinton and Monroe). Light refreshments will be available. The film series is sponsored by the Women’s Alliance of the First Unitarian Congregational Society. All are welcome!
Join us for an evening of inspirational film. The Women’s Alliance of the First Unitarian Congregational Society presents, ARISE, A film that captures the portraits and stories of extraordinary women around the world who are coming together to heal the injustices against the earth, weaves together poetry, music, art and stunning scenery to create a hopeful and collective story that inspires us to work for the earth. Narrated by Darryl Hannah. More Here. the film will be screened at 7:00PM in the chapel. Enter on Pierrepont Street. Future films include “Diana Vreeland – The Eye Has to Travel (2/21), Calendar Girls (3/21), Wadjda (4/25)