2017 International Women's Convocation - Early Bird Deadline Sept. 30
2017 International Women's Convocation - Early Bird Deadline Sept. 30

You are invited to attend the Third International Convocation of Unitarian*Universalist Women and People of Progressive Faiths

February 16-19, 2017
Asilomar, Pacific Grove, California

The theme of the Convocation is Weaving Global Partnerships… Forging a Just Future Together. The Convocation will offer community and connection, information and inspiration, as well as motivation and momentum that lead to action and change. We are expecting more than 500 U*U women, mostly from the U.S. and Canada, and from Bolivia, Western and Central Europe, Romania, India, and the Philippines as well. We will explore the topics of economic empowerment, violence prevention, education, leadership development, as well as health and reproductive justice. We will worship together, and there will be time to explore the beauty of the California coastline.

Learn more about the Third International Women’s Convocation on their website: http://www.intlwomensconvo.org/third-international-womens-convocation

Regular Registration

A special Early Bird registration fee of just $250 is available now through September 30. After that, registration will be $350. A further discount of $50 is available for women ministers. Convocation registration includes access to all presentations and refreshment breaks but does not include lodging, meals, or ticketed events. IWC encourages you to lodge at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, where all meals are included with your accommodations.

We have special rates for young adults (ages 18-40) and for international scholarship recipients. These rates include registration, lodging, meals, access to all presentations, and refreshment breaks.


Throughout the Convocation you will find various opportunities for worship. On Thursday and Friday evening short Dharma talks in the Buddhist tradition will prepare us for meditation. In the early mornings, you can participate in different spiritual practices; every day includes a time set aside for UU worship. In the evenings, groups will meet for chalice circles or meditation. On Sunday we will have a full UU Sunday Service.

Theme Streams

When you register for the Convocation you will be asked to identify which of the following five themes most interests you:

  • Health and Reproductive Justice
  • Violence Prevention
  • Education
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Leadership Development

We will spend time together in plenary as well as in streams dedicated to these themes. Speakers will introduce each stream theme before the work on these topics begins.

Much More

  • Global Sisters Process used in Global Sisters Groups,  a small-group decision-making process modeled on community capacity building, inaugurated at the First International Convocation in Houston
  • Featured Speakers - Rev. Florence Caplow, Rev. Hope Johnson, Dr. Cecilia Conrad, Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, Cecilia Hofmann, Gizella Nagy, Olga Flores, plus Rev. Susan Frederick Gray and Rev. Alison Beth Miller, candidates for the office of President of the UUA.
  • Art and Music - Ongoing art projects and live music
  • Meditation and Chalice Circles
  • Workshops
  • Pre and Post tours


Asilomar, “the refuge by the sea,” is located at the tip of the Monterey Peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It occupies 105 acres of secluded forest and dunes that are preserved by the California State Park System as a nature center and historic site. The accommodations at Asilomar are charming and comfortable; rooms have wifi internet access but do not have televisions or telephones. Many of the historic buildings were designed by noted architect Julia Morgan and built between 1913 and 1928. Morgan was part of the Arts & Crafts movement that influenced architects, designers, and craftspeople. Other buildings were designed by architect John Carl Warnecke and built in a style complementary to that of Julia Morgan's.

Learn more about the Third International Women’s Convocation on their website: http://www.intlwomensconvo.org/third-international-womens-convocation

For more information contact pwr@uua.org.

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