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Margaret fuller Grant Funded Projects


Holston Valley UU Church – $5,000 for RISE: Healthy for Life Peer Education Program. This program will work with high school age youth to deepen education in human sexuality, educating peers, advocating for policy and how to make informed choices, then support them to act as peer educators.

Rev. Qiyamah A. Rahman –$5,000 for development and maintenance of the Speaking Our Stories and Telling Our Truths: Black UU Women and Girls Website Project. The website will consolidate research on Black UU women and girls in one place in an interactive format.


Elizabeth Fisher – $2,170 for "The Circle Model of Shared Leadership," a publication describing the collaborative model of decision-making used to build community and increase participation.  With additional support from UU Women & Religion.

Elizabeth Cogliati – $2,200 for "Dreamers, Devisers, Doers: Women Transforming Themselves and the World," a new curriculum for the study of feminism examining and celebrating the contributions of women throughout history. With additional support from the Unitarian Universalist Church in Idaho Falls.

Rev. Qiyamah Rahman – $5,000 for an anthology on the presence of black UU female clergy. This project is to research the presence of black, female, clergy withing the UU tradition, and create a published anthology of their historical influence.


Rev. Dr. Kristen Harper and Rev. Dr. Qiyamah A. Rahman – $5,000 for development of the first published scholarly treatment of Black women clergy in the Unitarian Universalist tradition. The anthology includes essays about some of the first Black women ordained and fellowshipped, their challenges and celebrations and reflections, and the journeys of other Black female clergy and several seminarians’ ministerial formation. 
Cathy Marston
– $5,000 for development of a book proposal on incarcerated women, the context of misogyny, and strategies to empower survivors and other citizens to end violence and create justice.


Jessica Halperin – $5,000 for planning a Badass Convergence event, which is visioned as a multi-generational, multi-cultural, intersectional convergence of UU women committed to furthering gender justice and liberation.


Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) – $500 for “Women Empowering Women: Training & Educating Feminists, monthly hour-long teleconferences featuring feminists who are doing cutting edge work in feminist ministry, spirituality, and theology. This series will educate women in ministry and feminists of faith, train them in feminist approaches to justice, and empower them to do social change.


Rev. Susanne Nazian (Tampa, FL) – $5,000 for a book about “The Women’s Congress,” held in connection with the 1893 Chicago Exhibition (World’s Fair). A significant number of Unitarian and Universalist  women helped plan and participated in this event, and the book will partially focus on the concepts and ideas put forward by these women and how their contributions reflect a feminist theology from a UU perspective.


Sofia Betancourt (New Haven, CT) – $4,000 for a research project on the eco-feminist ethics among Caribbean women workers on the Panama Canal.


Women’s Writing Group, UU Congregation of Atlanta, GA – $4,000 for “Getting in Touch with the Source,” a conference – and resulting anthology – providing an opportunity for women to write, learn, and share material on the themes of identity, expression, and transformation. 

The Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) – $4,000 for “WATER Teleconferences with Feminists in Religion,” start-up costs for a series of monthly, hour-long teleconferences featuring leaders in the field of feminist ministry, spirituality and theology.


Alyson Gaylord-Loy (Medford, MA) – $2,000 for “Frances Appleton Longfellow: In Her Own Words,” a site-specific performance, musical presentation and production of a DVD drawn from the writings of this devout, 19th century Unitarian.

Pamela Gerke (Everett, WA) – $2,000 for re-writing the draft script and score, and four performances of “Nightingale: a Musical of the Life and Passionate Nature of Miss Florence Nightingale.”  

Rev. Melissa Mummert (Charlotte, NC) – $3,000 for “Creating a 21st Century Consciousness Raising Curriculum” including development of a guide and website.


Church of the Larger Fellowship (Boston, MA) – $2,275 for “In Our Mothers’ Footsteps,” a free, online course introducing significant women from our Unitarian and/or Universalist history.  

Pamela Gerke (Everett, WA) – $1,100 for production development of “Nightingale: A Musical of the Life and Passionate Nature of Miss Florence Nightingale.”

Laurie James (New York, NY) – $2,200 for “A Medley for Margaret Fuller,” a staged presentation of Fuller’s works.  

Cynthia Grant Tucker, Ph.D. (Cordova, TN) – $1,425 for “A Web-Accessible Study Guide to No Silent Witness:  The Eliot Parsonage Women and Their Unitarian World.” The site features discussion materials to help readers relate the history and experiences of the Eliot women to their own lives today as UU women in a changing world.

Samantha Wilson (Moreno Valley, CA) – $1,500 for “Conversations in a Beauty Parlor:  Stories of Activism and Feminisms,” book and website reflecting organizing work with youth and women in India.

Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)
$1,500 for “Creative Feminist Ministers – Education, Training, and Networking,” a training institute scheduled for June 2009 which will generate resource materials available on-line.  


Celeste DeRoche, Ph.D. / Rev. Gail Geisenhainer (Vero Beach, FL) – $2,000 in support of  “Singing For Our Lives: A History of the Pioneer Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgendered Unitarian Universalist Ministers.”

The Church of the Larger Fellowship and Rev. Elizabeth Lerner (Boston, MA) – $3,000 in support of “Ancient Roots: The Feminine Face of Western Religion,” an on-line adult religious education course.


Beverly Anderson Forbes, Ed.D. (Renton, WA) – $2,300 for “Remembering May Sarton” (second year grant).  This project is complete and has resulted in three books, each a compendium of portions of May Sarton’s work that address spirituality; aging and death; and a vision for life for women.

First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, and First UU Church in Nashville – $1,000 for “Sources:  A Unitarian Universalist Cantata.”  A choral work based on the six sources of the Unitarian Universalist tradition, the project is also complete and will be made available for shipping charges only through the Church of the Larger Fellowship’s lending library beginning in late 2007.

Karen Day (Floyd, VA) – $2,000 for “Tales of Creation and Transformation,” a program of stories and creative responses to help young women develop a sense of wholeness.

Qiyamah Rahman (Charlotte, NC) – $1,000 in support of “Testifying:  Invoking the Lives and Voices of African American Universalist, Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist Women,” a book of oral histories of African American UU women past and present.


Dr. M’ellen Kennedy, M.Div. (Bristol, VT) – $3,000 to research and write a small group ministry demonstration project on “Encountering Feminist Theologies.”

Lisa Paul Streitfeld (Stamford, CT) – $3,000 to help underwrite her exploration of a re-emerging icon of gender equality known as hieros gamos (Greek for “sacred marriage”).

Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) – $2,000 as second year funding to support further development of rituals for women and others affected by breast cancer and to help with their publication.


UU Church of Little Rock – $1,000 for “Pray for Peace Day,” a design for an intergenerational, “questing” experience on the role of women in peacemaking.

Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)
– $3,000 for “Seasons of Survival,” rituals for women with breast cancer and their families and friends.

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