The mission of the Women’s Alliance of the First Unitarian Church is to advocate for issues related to women and children and to work together on these issues in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation.
We do this by
- creating a climate for members that promotes self-care,
- nurturing supportive and meaningful relationships among its members,
- and by supporting each member’s pursuit to living a balanced life.
Black Lives Matter Banner and Vigils
At the Women’s Alliance tea on April 11, 2015, Kathy Gapsis made a proposal that Women’s Alliance look into organizing some sort of public witnessing for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Her thought is that WA would take a leadership role in suggesting/organizing active participation for all members/friends of First U (in other words, not just for Women’s Alliance). She organized a study group that looked at this from multiple angles, and then made a recommendation at the 2015 First U Annual Meeting. The membership voted to hang a Black Lives Matter banner. The banner was officially raised and dedicated after church on September 27, 2015. Kathy Gapsis and BLM team would regularly vigil outside the church on Sundays after the service. This has been done since June 2015. In bad weather, we decreased vigil activity to once a month. In 2018, as participation waned, we discontinued the vigil and picked up other BLM activities. (see Soup for the Soul)
Holiday Pie Sale!
The Women’s Alliance Holiday Pie Sale with delicious, homemade pies on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Pies are sold for $10 each following the service during coffee hour in the Social Hall.
Soup for the Soul
As a means of supporting the well-being of African Americans in our community who often bear the brunt of heavy police activity for minor crimes, we raise money for the Community Bail Project. This project insures that no person arrested for a minor crime ends up incarcerated because they could not afford the bail.
Soup for the Soul is a competition that everyone one in the church is invited to participate in, either as a provider of a soup or a dessert, or as a taster. People then vote for their favortes, each vote costing $5. Awards are presented for 1st and 2nd prize in both categories.This event usually takes place in late January or early February.
Historically a fund raiser for the First U Youth Group or Navigators chapter, in 2019, Women’s Alliance took this on since the other groups are not big enough to take on the meal preparation. It coincides with the Easter Egg Hunt done by Religious Exploration. Receipts in 2019 went to the church’s general operating fund.