Pages Navigation Menu

The Women’s Alliance

Alliance General Information

The Women’s Alliance of First Parish of Sudbury, Unitarian Universalist has existed for over 100 years as an organization within, but separate from, First Parish, both in terms of budget and governance.

The Alliance is composed of all women members and friends of the congregation. One need not be a signed member of First Parish to be a voting member of the Alliance or to be involved with Alliance activities. The only requirement is to have participated in or supported with time or treasure either Alliance or church activities within the past two years.

We support First Parish and other non-profit organizations in the greater community by providing programs and by awarding financial grants. From fund raising and from endowments wisely invested, we have our own funds and do not seek expense money from First Parish. In fact we regularly give substantial monies to First Parish for specific purposes.

Monthly Meetings

The Alliance meets on the 8th of most months for an informal potluck dinner,  brief business meeting, and program or discussion topic. we usually meet at First Parish,  but sometimes in the home of a member.    All women are welcome at any time.  Announcements of the meetings are in the newsletter, The Connector, the Sunday Order of Service, the Calendar and “News U Can Use.”

Annual Retreats

We have an annual Weekend Retreat, for our spiritual growth as well as to continue our work building a close-knit community of women, which for 2017 will be May 5-7 at Wisdom House in Litchfield CT.

We have an annual 1-day retreat, usually the first Saturday in November, at the Harvard Unitarian Church.  More information is available here:  Annual Retreat .

Fundraisers

The Alliance holds a Rummage Sale each spring, which is also a way to provide a service to the general public.  Our Rummage Sale is a little different.  We charge a fee to get in, and each customer gets a full sized paper grocery bag to fill up with anything they choose from the piles of donated items.  When we start collecting donations, we ask that each item donated be no larger than can fit into a full size paper grocery bag,  and that all items are  clean and in good repair.  All categories are welcome:  clothing, household goods, office supplies, toys & games, music (no VHS, no tapes, and books (no textbooks, magazines, manuals, or encyclopedias please).

Annual Meeting June 8, 2017

Please plan to attend the Women’s Alliance Annual Meeting, and our last potluck of this church year.  We definitely need YOU to come, to be assured that we have a quorum and are able to conduct our official business.

While RSVPs are not required, they will be appreciated.

The Potluck will begin at 6:30 pm in the Commons.  Coming a little later is fine if your schedule requires that.  As usual, bring whatever suits your fancy, or if time is too precious, just come.  We always have plenty to share!

Following the potluck, starting about 7pm, we will have our official Annual Meeting.  At this meeting we will:

1) Elect our Executive Committee for the coming year.  The current executive committee is all willing to continue serving, and newcomers are always welcomed.

 2) Have a financial review and  treasurer’s report .

3) Review any new grant requests. This is also the last opportunity for any grant requests for this fiscal year.  Any requests need to be on the official form and submitted, preferably by email to the executive committee, prior to the meeting.  You can find the lovely form here:

http://fpsudbury.org/members/docs/womens-alliance-grant-application-form-grants-internal-to-first-parish/

4) Set the initial schedule for next year’s meetings.

Following the business meeting, which we expect to be pretty short,  we will have a presentation by Prof. Charlene Galarneau of Wellesley on gender identity and health care.