Women’s Connections provides opportunities for UUFCO women to come together for events and activities. In the context of our spiritual and fellowship journeys, Women’s Connections endeavors to enhance personal growth and build strong inter-connected relationships among women in our Unitarian Universalist community.


Calendar of monthly Meetings


August 15 (Thursday), 6:30 p.m.: Book Discussion—Donna Jaeger-Williams

This will be an informal discussion of Sue Monk Kidd’s third novel, The Invention of Wings, a story about the quest for freedom and empowerment. This is a work of fiction, but inspired by the real-life abolitionist and suffragette, Sarah Grimke. Monk Kidd traces the lives of two women—one slave, one free, over the course of thirty-five years. It’s been praised for raising our consciousness regarding race relationships. It promises to offer opportunity for a provocative discussion on many topics including female relationships, power, race and gender, both within an historical and contemporary context. (The book is available at the Deschutes Library, local bookstores and online.)

September 11 (Wednesday), 2 p.m.: Self Compassion—Margy Lim and Ali Waibel

September’s program will be a workshop combining didactic and experiential activities exploring the why’s and how’s of Self-Compassion. The program is all science based and intends to offer participants greater understanding of one’s self.

October 5 (Saturday), 9-3pm WOMEN’S RETREAT

The theme is : Synchronicity: Meaningful Connections. This will be a day filled with opportunities to learn and grow, play and create together, featuring various electives. A vegetarian meal will be included. More details to come as the planning team gets underway. Contact Chela Sloper if you are interested in being on the planning team or in facilitating an activity centered on the theme of synchronicity.

November 10 (Sunday), 1:30 p.m.: Aging: Personal Aging or for Caregivers of Those Who are Aging—Leslie Koc

How to cope and find support for issues involving ones own aging such as isolation, health needs, losing independence, memory problems, and more. How to be a supportive care giver of an aging person and how to manage your needs while meeting the needs of your family and yourself.

December 17 (Tuesday), 6:30 p.m.: The Virgin Birth: What?!—Chela Sloper

We will explore the historical, theological, and psychological aspects of the ancient teaching of the “virgin birth” of Jesus. Allowing time for the reflection on our attitudes toward this teaching, we’ll ask whether there remain any benefits to the myth for us today.


January: TBD

February: TBD

Upcoming Special Activities

Women’s Connections Special Activities may take place off site and happen throughout the year. Below are listed some that are in the works for the coming months. We will continue to provide updates.

September 8 (Sunday), 1:30 p.m.: A Matter of Money Workshop -Leslie Koc

It isn’t only how much money we have. It’s our relationship with money that also influences how we make decisions and experience satisfaction in our lives. We have habits and attitudes about money that drive our financial behaviors. Come join the workshop to learn more about your own money habitudes. The workshop format includes personal exercise and group discussion. The workshop attendance is limited to allow for an environment of “rich” self discovery. Watch for registration opportunity in an upcoming ACE and Women’s Connections e-Newsletter.

Ashland/Shakespeare Festival - Rebecca Miller, Organizer

Camping (two nights or longer) - Rebecca Boyer, Organizer

Program at Breitenbush - September - Nancy Stevens, Organizer


Contact Women’s Connections if you have questions or comments.