CELEBRATING OUR 50TH YEAR IN 2008
The objectives of our organization are to bring liberal religious women into an association for the purpose of:
- quickening their religious life
- strengthening their church
- increasing their effectiveness in the wider community
The UUWA, founded in February 1958, is an organization open to all women of the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church. We meet for a Brown Bag Lunch on the first and third Mondays of each month. In addition to conducting business or discussing issues as they come up, we usually read and discuss an article from the U U World. We have a Christmas Pot Luck Dinner in December, and, usually, a Salad Luncheon in the Spring.
On the first Sunday of each month from October through May, we have a cookie sale to raise money for our projects.
Another project, for the 50th anniversary of the Church (in 2005), was selling Cook books of recipes submitted by Church members. Profits from that have been $315.00, which was donated to the DUUC Endowment Fund. Also, we conducted a Garage Sale and earned more than $1,000 for the DUUC Bridge Communities family.
Other recent contributions have been:
- the purchase of a new Energy Star refrigerator for the kitchen
- four new card tables for use in Kreves Hall
- brass plates for the plaque in the Founders Room honoring Church members who have died
- a contribution to the new Planned Parenthood Womens Clinic in Aurora
- Christmas contributions to Family Service Shelter Holiday Shoppe
- contribution to Meadville Lombard Theological School
- Christmas gifts for the DUUC Bridge Community family
- membership in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
- contribution to the Planned Parenthood of Alabama for the Hattiesburg , Mississippi clinic
On January 7, 2008, the UUWA adopted the following Position Statement on Women's Reproductive Rights and Responsibilities:
"Any woman or girl with an unplanned pregnancy has the right to make decisions that affect herself and her pregnancy, getting advice about parenthood, abortion, adoption and contraception and help from social service and medical professionals, and only if she feels safe in electing to do so, from her family member(s) and/or partner."