56th Annual Spring Conference
Pilgrim Park Conference Center, Princeton, IL
June 6-8, 2014

Featured keynote speaker Chariti Gent

Calling forth Your Divine Feminine Captain
Even in the toughest of circumstances, learn how to tap the strength of your wise inner leader so that you can move forward in your life's work with strength, confidence, and power.
(Visit www.charitigent.com for more information.)

Join us at Pilgrim Park, near Princeton, Illinois

Also Enjoy:
Open Mic Night • Games • Group Activities • Crafting • Writing Rituals • Vision Boarding
The Fine Company of Women

Pilgrim Park is located in north central Illinois, approximately two hours southwest of Chicago, one hour east of Moline, and one hour north of Peoria. We are just south of Interstate 80, and can be reached from either Highway #6 or Highway #29 (main entrance).


1:00 - 2:30 pm

#1. Women's Issues Panel Discussion with Peggy Patty, Barb Carraway and Tori Kilhoffer
We'll be discussing many topics which may include how women can help advance other women, how we can identify and work on women-related prejudices, and how we can turn to ourselves for insights to growth.

2:45 - 4:15 p.m.

#2. Chariti Gent Workshop -- Vision Boarding: Creating a Visual of Your Future Self.
This interactive, hands-on session begins with a guided visualization to meet your Future Self - YOU, twenty years in the future. From that visualization, each participant creates her own pictorial representation of her future. The representation can be fashioned out of cutouts magazines, newspapers, pictures, drawings, etc., and is glued onto larger-sized sheets of paper. Participants are encouraged to share their Vision Boards and ideas with each other after the session. Each participant will leave the conference with his or her own completed board for future inspiration!

#3. Writing Ritual Workshop, led by Sage Hagy
A creative opportunity to celebrate our inner muse, nurturing ourselves and exploring exciting ways to become the goddesses we all know ourselves to be.

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

#4. Social Justice Workshop - Book Discussion - Behind the Kitchen Door
In Behind the Kitchen Door (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013), author Saru Jayaraman reveals how restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America and how poor working conditions -- discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens --affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables. The author, who launched a national restaurant workers organization after 9/11, tells the stories of ten restaurant workers in cities across the United States as she explores the political, economic, and moral implications of eating out: What's at stake when we choose a restaurant is not only our own health or "foodie" experience but also the health and well-being of the second largest private sector workforce --10 million people, many immigrants, many people of color, who bring passion, tenacity, and insight into the American dining experience. Behind the Kitchen Door is the 2013-14 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Common Read. In the workshop we will explore follow-up actions we can take, such as advocacy for just working conditions for restaurant workers, as part of a commitment to ethical eating.

Our Do-It-Your-Self Art Project will be green --we'll be using cardboard and scrap paper, and making beautiful pins and refrigerator magnets. Let our imaginations guide us. What could be more fun than paper and glue, and the time to play! Of course we will have our usual mandalas with lots of colorful markers. Time to play, to chat, and to relax -- it's our Spring Conference.

Registration Fees

UUWC Member Price is listed. Non-Member (add $15)
Full Conference $60
Saturday Only (incl registration, use fee, plus lunch & dinner) $80
Saturday Only, including everything listed above, plus breakfast $90

Room & Board

Upper Conference Center -- Single (on the main floor, with private bath) $140
Upper Conference Center -- Double $125
Upper Conference Center -- Triple $115
Lower Conference Center (dorm type room with shared bathroom) $105
Higgins Lodge -- Double Occupancy Only (a short walk from the main building) $120

Rates listed are per person for the entire conference period, Friday evening through Sunday morning.Meals included are Friday dinner (6-7 p.m.) through Sunday breakfast. Check-in time is 4 p.m. Friday. Room checkout time is 10 a.m. Sunday. Sheets, pillow, blanket, towel and washcloth are provided. There are a limited number of rooms in the Upper Conference Center, so send in your reservations early!


The UU Women's Connection budget funds four grants of up to $100 each.
Additional $40 grants are available to help with childcare expense. Note: On-site childcare is not available, though nursing babies are welcome.
Applications must be postmarked by May 15. These go fast! You may also apply as you register, and choose ""Mail in Payment.""
You'll get an answer to your request within 10 days.