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WomanSpirit--A Celebratory Conversation Between Anne Olson and Isa Williams on the Occasion of Anne's 90th Birthday!

Event date: 
Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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Charis welcomes long-time friend and founding Charis Circle board co-chair, Anne Olson, on the occasion of her 90th birthday and her publication in the anthology, WomanSpirit: The Rise of Feminism and the Empowerment of Women in Liberal Religion. Anne is joined in conversation by Dr. Isa Williams. Together, these dynamic activists and scholars will discuss the possibilities of progressive faith-based organizing in today's crises, as well as their shared inspirations in literature.

WomanSpirit is a collection of twenty essays by extraordinary Unitarian Universalists who illuminate their journey of empowerment and feminist evolution. Through poignant reflection and vivid storytelling, this compelling anthology captures the struggles and triumphs that reshaped an entire denomination. It speaks of a shared journey of resilience, solidarity, and the power of collective action while celebrating the courage of brave women who dared to challenge the status quo, redefine possibilities, and transform their denomination from within.

Anne Olson joined the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta in the late 60s, as a single mother to two children. She was fortunate to be mentored by the senior minister Rev. Gene Pickett. She served on many commit-tees, including the Board of Directors. Later she became the first Women and Religion Chair for the Mid-South District, served on the Board of UUWF, serving as program chair for three biennials. She then chaired the Feminist Theology Awards for several years. After leaving UUCA, she was a charter member of the Thurman Hamer Ellington Congregation, UU. She retired in 1999 and moved to the East Lake Commons CoHousing Community in Decatur, GA where she continues to live.

Isa D. Williams, PhD was the Director of Community-Based Learning and Partnerships, and Associate Professor of Women's Studies at Agnes Scott College from 1995-2011.

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Event address: 
A Charis Hybrid (in-person + virtual) Event
184 S. Candler Street
Decatur, GA 30030
WomanSpirit: The Rise of Feminism and the Empowerment of Women in Liberal Religion By Denise D. Tracy (Editor), Emmy Lou Belcher (Editor) Cover Image
By Denise D. Tracy (Editor), Emmy Lou Belcher (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9798218403324
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Published: Flaming Chalice Press - June 11th, 2024

Voices of Change: The Feminist Ministers Who Revitalized a Tradition


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Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes long-time friend and founding Charis Circle board co-chair, Anne Olson, on the occasion of her 90th birthday and her publication in the anthology, WomanSpirit: The Rise of Feminism and the Empowerment of Women in Liberal Religion.