Association of Universalist Women (AUW)
AUW has been a dynamic force in the life of First Universalist Church of Minneapolis since 1905! Generations of women have gathered under our umbrella to connect with each other, to deepen our faith and act on our beliefs by serving the community.
Visit the AUW website for calendar, newsletter, and programming information.
AUW sponsors activities for members and friends to promote our three pillars—community building, spiritual deepening, and bringing our faith to action to work for women’s justice.
AUW hosts a variety of women-centered programs and events open to all friends and members of AUW, including: Fall Kickoff; Holiday Tea; AUW Sunday; Mother Daughter Banquet; Women’s Retreat; and Friendship Groups, and Friday Get Connected.
We are about spiritual deepening…
We encourage women to reflect on and ground their AUW relationships and justice work in their UU values and principles (see Faith & Choices curriculum below). We did this in 2005 when we invited Star King Seminary president, the Rev. Rebecca Parker, to preach on AUW Sunday and facilitate a day long workshop. Parker led us deeper to a more profound understanding that relationships are at the heart of spiritual development and that spiritual maturity depends on our awakening and responding to the needs of the world. Our understanding of these connections is reflected in our new mission statement:
“The mission of AUW is to engage women in strengthening and deepening
each other in religious community—our whole lives long— and to manifest
that collective strength by working in the world to improve women’s lives.”
AUW has a proud and visible history of fighting for and defending women’s rights. AUW women like Dru Cummins, Betty Benjamin, and Sharon Bishop played national roles in the struggle. In 2006, Betsy Allis led a special AUW task force which engaged UU women in discerning our vision and strategy around women’s justice. This led to new program that focuses on involving UU women in yearlong campaigns to protect women’s rights.
We are now in the third year of two companion campaigns: (1) UU Reproductive Rights: Sacred Choices Campaign (RR:SC) and our UU Voting Rights: Sacred Franchise Campaign (VR:SF).
And we are about contributing to our church and the larger community…
AUW proudly supports our First Universalist Community with monetary contributions that have included the labyrinth, items for the kitchen and most recently an ensemble of gifts commissioned for our child dedication ritual. Our contributions have also been in-kind —developing women leaders, mentoring young women, and continually initiating and incubating innovative ideas and programs. AUW also contributes money to our women’s rights campaign partners, such as MUUSJA (Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance), RCRC (Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice) and to the UU Women’s Federation, a UU sister organization, and to various women’s advocacy organizations in the Twin Cities.