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Clara Barton Sisterhood

Universalist Clara Barton is best known for her work in organizing nursing services during the Civil War and, later, founding the American Red Cross. She did not start this work until she was over 40 — in an era when many women died before reaching that age.

Our Clara Barton Sisterhood was created in her name as a way for local women’s groups, congregations, and individuals to honor women aged 80 and over for their contributions to their congregations and communities. The application form for a Clara Barton Sisterhood nomination can be downloaded here.

Also now available online: In Sisterhood, the 1989 publication of the life stories of Clara Barton Sisterhood members. (Note: This is a large PDF file and may take a while to download.) If you are doing research or would like a more comprehensive list of Sisterhood members, we have an Excel file containing over 750 names of women, the communities that honored them, and the year. Please feel free to contact our administrator for a copy. 

Please join us in welcoming some of our newest Clara Barton Sisters:


Connee Gates
(South Valley UU Society, Salt Lake City, UT)

Note: Connee received her award with COVID-19 social distancing protocols in place

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Mary Dugan (The Women's Alliance, Unitarian Church of All Souls New York, NY)
Mary J. Geissman
(Women's Alliance, Unitarian Church of All Souls, New York, NY)
Deborah Noyes Lewis (Women's Alliance, First Parish UU, Arlington, MA)
Jeanie Wing (Women's Leadership Alliance, First Unitarian Church, Brooklyn, NY)


Marion Dane Bauer

(Association of Universalist Women, First Universalist Church, Minneapolis MN)
Barbara Bollag
(Minnesota Valley UU Fellowship Women's Group, Bloomington MN)
Meg "Bowoman" Bowman
Women's Alliance of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, CA)

Arleen Kulin & Lenore Winkler
(Women's Alliance of First Parish UU, Arlington MA)
Margaret Roseboom
(First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, OK)

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Barbara Breer (Women's Alliance, UU Area Church at First Parish, Sherborn, MA)

Mary Donald (Branch Alliance of Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, MA)
Sandra Ekberg (Women's Alliance, Unitarian Church of All Souls New York, NY)

Mimi Ford (Starr King UU Fellowship, Plymouth, NH)

Pat Gottschalk (Association of Universalist Women, Minneapolis, MN
Joyce Henricks (UU Fellowship of Central Michigan, Mount Pleasant)
Sydelle Lopez (UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY)

Marilyn Mehr (The Women's Alliance, Unitarian Church of All Souls New York, NY)
Joan Moore (First UU Church of Nashville, TN)
Sally Sabo (UU Women's Fellowship of Santa Fe, NM)
Maxine Steeves (First Religious Society UU, Newburyport, MA)


Jean Nagle &
Ann Abbott
(Alliance of the First Parish UU Church in Arlington, MA)

Joan Hawthorne
(UU Fellowship of Franklin, NC)
Constance Newsom
(Women's Leadership Alliance at First Unitarian Church, Brooklyn NY)

Joan Boewe & Ann Stebbins
(UU Fellowship of Madison County, Richmond KY)

Mary Rhodes
(YuYu Sisterhood of UUCF Fullerton, CA)

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Billye Cutchen (UU Church of Pensacola, FL)
Judy Davis (Granite Peak UU Congregation, Prescott AZ)

Maureen Marwick (Women’s Alliance of All Souls Unitarian Church, New York NY)

Karen McGrath (UU Women's Fellowship of Santa Fe, NM)

Marge Meyermann (Women’s Spirituality Group of First Unitarian Church, Wilmington DE)

Peggy Montgomery (Women’s Alliance of All Souls Unitarian Church, New York NY)

Ann Morgan (UU Women's Fellowship of Santa Fe, NM
Janet Couture Nortrom (First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI)
Jane Parrish (Minnesota Valley UU Fellowship Women's Group, Bloomington MN)

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