UU Women's Connection

2014 Fall Conference

2014 Fall Retreat
October 10-12, 2014

Women as Voices of Wisdom and Compassion

DeKoven
Retreat Center -- 600 - 21st Street, Racine, WI 53403


A weekend of learning and celebrating as women who have unique gifts of wisdom and compassion to bring to each other and the culture. Together we explored how compassion is often expressed through the lens of one's moral span, and tried on the perspectives of compassion from different worldviews. We learned the elements of compassionate listening and communication, and experimented with some skills together with fun and laughter, sharing ideas on how to bring our unique voices back home and to the world.

This was our annual Women's Connection Fall Retreat at the DeKoven Center in Racine Wisconsin. The Center is within walking distance of Lake Michigan. The lodging, dining hall and most of the workshops are all located in the same comfortable building.  Our opening and closing ceremonies, keynote address, several workshops and our vendor area took place a short, well-lit walk across the beautiful quad.

Our guest presenter this year was Joyce Higginbotham.

Joyce, along with her husband River, has taught Paganism classes throughout the past decade. She has planned and organized local and national Pagan gatherings, written articles for Pagan publications, appeared on radio and television broadcasts, spoken at Christian and Unitarian Universalist churches, and attended interfaith councils. She also helped found the Council for Alternative Spiritual Traditions, which hosts public Pagan and alternative events in the Midwest. Joyce has co-authored three books: Paganism: An Introduction To Earth-centered Religions, Pagan Spirituality: A Guide To Personal Transformation, and Christo-Paganism: An Inclusive Path.

Those of us who have attended the Fall Retreat in the past 2 years can't stress enough just how beautiful, comfortable, warm and inviting the DeKoven Center is. Come and help us to continue creating our new tradition.

In the fall of the year we join together and connect to gather inner warmth for the winter to come. We CONNECT with other like minded women, see old friends and make new ones. This was our 32nd Fall retreat.