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 do support women in leadership positions and have provided grants for “Women in the Pulpit” and training for female seminarians.
To learn the history of the Women’s Alliance at First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, please read Olive Hoogenboom’s history. 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.
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)
Through 16 monologues, historical and fictionalized women tell powerful stories about the loss of the feminine voice in our theology and society. Discussion facilitated by ministry team will follow each performance. Originally written as a one woman show by Carol Lynn Pearson, and developed into an ensemble piece by First U member, Dawn Marie Brekke, working with the original author. This production will be performed and directed by members and friends of First Unitarian.
Performances are at 7:30PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 24, 25, 26 in the Chapel of the First Unitarian Congregational Society, on Pierrepont Street between Clinton Street and Monroe Place, Brooklyn Heights. Suggested donation: $20 to further social justice projects at First Unitarian. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at: https://
Contact: Dawn Marie Brekke (720) 588-8687, email@example.com
On Sunday, September 29 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the First Unitarian Chapel the Women’s Alliance and the Pastoral Care Committee of First U will sponsor a panel discussion and Q&A on making difficult decisions for the future.
Whether you are in your first home, mid-life or further along on life’s path, unexpected health issues and accidents can bring difficult decisions. Receive up-to-date information and answers to your questions on wills and health proxies; how different family circumstances can affect our options in the NEW OLD AGE and choosing independent living facilities.
Audience questions and participation will be encouraged by this experienced panel:
Frank Patton, Esq. Deacon at All Souls Church will speak on legal issues related to wills and health proxies.
Steve Schwartzman, LMSW, of Eldercare, New York, Inc. (www.eldercareny.com) will speak to the underlying question we all have: Who will take care of me or my loved one when I can’t do it myself?
Alice Wong of First Unitarian will offer information and advice on choosing independent living facilities.
Resources and handouts will also be made available.