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Women’s Day Alliance
welcomes you!

 

If you are looking for a unique community of women
in which to build lasting friendships,
hear inspiring speakers and stories,
and serve our church and community together,
then please join us in the Women’s Day Alliance
at First Unitarian Church of Dallas!

WDA Meeting and Pot Luck Lunch: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5 for our business meeting and our annual holiday program, Sugar Daddy and the M&Ms do Christmas, with church member Mary Hestand.

Remember to bring your favorite dish to share at the pot luck lunch after the program. Entrees of meat lasagna and vegetarian lasagna will be provided. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Martha Withers at mehwithers@gmail.com so that we will know how many place settings to provide.

You’ll want to attend to hear Rhonda Koetting, Finance Chair, announce the results of our Crafty Bake Sale. There will also be select craft items for sale in Channing. We’ll also be presenting checks for our budgeted donations to the Coming of Age class, UU Women’s Federation, and the church general fund.

As a result of the donations at our last meeting and the hard work of Service Chair Verda Shine, WDA contributed five Thanksgiving Baskets to families and $46.50 in cash to The Wilkinson Center, the sponsor of the drive.

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WDA Meeting and Catered Lunch: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7. Our program will be a presentation about A Tasteful Place, the new edible display garden at the Arboretum. Be thinking about going on a possible trip to the Arboretum on November 14. There will be more details at the meeting.

After our program we will have a catered lunch in Channing Hall for $10. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Martha Withers at mehwithers@gmail.com.

Paula Rose and Kris Gillett, our Crafty Bake Sale Chairs, will be passing around the sign up sheets to volunteer to bring baked goods and/or crafts, and to help with the set up and the sale. The set up will be on Saturday, Nov. 18 and the sale will be on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p,m,, with clean up after. Be thinking about what you can contribute in time and in sale items. The Crafty Bake Sale is one of our two major fundraisers for the year, so let’s all support it.

The WDA Board voted to participate in the church-wide service opportunity, the Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Drive, by donating the money collected at our meeting this Tuesday. There will be baskets on the lunch table to receive your contributions . Checks should be made to “First Unitarian Church of Dallas” with Turkey Basket Drive written on the memo line. This drive is being coordinated with the Wilkinson Center, http://www.thewilkinsoncenter.org/. The baskets will consist of the basket or other container, a $20 voucher to purchase a turkey or other item to accommodate vegetarian recipients, canned vegetables, gravy mix, boxed stuffing or potato mix, bread, pumpkin or pecan pie, festive decorations and tableware. You can visit the Community Service table in Channing next Sunday or click HERE to get more details if you wish to make your own basket to contribute or join in putting a basket together with others outside of WDA. The baskets must be turned in at the Community Service table on Sunday, November 12, and will be delivered to Wilkinson Center for distribution to their clients on November 16.

https://www.dallasuu.org/turkey-basket/

Here’s something to keep in mind: SWUUWCon 2018 will happen in Austin, February 23-25, 2018. The theme is Be The Spark: Kindle The Flame. The keynote speaker will be Texas State Representative Donna Howard, a Unitarian Universalist. Registration will open in early November. The venue is a completely remodeled Embassy Suites hotel with breakfast included, two queen beds and one queen sleeper sofa in each suite – so three could go together on a room and each have her own bed. There will be more information soon.


WDA Meeting and Catered Lunch: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3. Our program will be The Mysterious, Migrating Monarch Butterfly presented by Jenny Singleton.

After our program we will have a catered lunch in Channing Hall for $10. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Martha Withers at mehwithers@gmail.com so that we will know how many place settings to provide.

Please read the minutes of the May meeting at wdauu.org before the next meeting.

Here is a message from Sara Miskimins:
“I would like to thank all who so generously gave to the Rogers Elementary collection in September. The school truly appreciates our support. I had the trunk and backseat of my large sedan overflowing with supplies to deliver after the meeting on the 5th. Our final check donation (including WEA’s contribution) will be $800! Rogers will use that money to help fund their after school program “Eagle Club.” They had recently lost previous funding for the program and were very excited to learn of our donation.
It’s an important program for a lot of students who need a place to go after the regular school day.
Some of our own members volunteer to tutor students during Eagle Club.
Thanks to you all!”

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WDA Meeting and Pot Luck Lunch: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary of First Unitarian Church of Dallas at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5.  Our program will be “Getting to Know Our Sabbatical Minister, D. Scott Cooper.”

Remember to bring your favorite dish to share at the pot luck lunch after the program.  A fried chicken entree will be provided. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Martha Withers at mehwithers@gmail.com so that we will know how many place settings to provide.

Please read the minutes of the May meeting at wdauu.org before the next meeting.

And here is a reminder of the service information previously sent by Sara Miskimins and Verda Shine:

We will again collect money and supplies for Dan D. Rogers Elementary School at our September luncheon.
As in the past, we will collect money to pay for a supply of composition notebooks as well as the school supply table decorations used at our luncheon and then given to the school.  Any excess money will be donated to the school to use at their discretion.    Checks should be payable to Sara Miskimins.  (Sara will write one check to deliver to Rogers.)

If you prefer to give goods rather than money, please note that these are the most needed items and can be found now on sale at many local stores:

backpacks

pencils

glue sticks

dry erase markers

games for the after school program- Legos, Chess sets, Checkers, Jenga, Connect Four, Monopoly, Battleship, etc.

white collared polo shirts in all sizes

As always, thank you for your continued generous support for the Dan D. Rogers students.  If you have questions or an interest in volunteering at the school, please contact Sara at smisk@verizon.net or 972-271-6077.

Another annual church-wide service project in September is our support for Hearts & Hammers. WDA will be available to help to provide lunches for our volunteers on one of two Saturdays, Sept. 16th and 23rd. I’ll be contacting you later about volunteering. If you would like to sign-up to  volunteer with the workers to help at the designated house, signup at the Community Service Hearts & Hammers table in Channing Hall on Sundays. The deadline is Sept. 3rd. For more information, contact Paul Munger  pnimunger@sbcglobal.net.

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WDA Meeting and Pot Luck Lunch: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday.  Our program will include a recognition of the outgoing board members, remarks by Rev. Aaron White about the future of our church and the capital campaign, followed by the installation of the incoming board members.
Remember to bring your favorite dish to share at the pot luck lunch after the program. Fried chicken pieces and tenders will be provided. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Elaine Villarreal at elainevillarreal@yahoo.com so that we will know how many place settings to provide.

Please read the minutes of the April meeting at wdauu.org before the next meeting.

Many thanks to Elaine Villarreal and Brenda Mahar for serving as our Luncheon Team for the past two years. They made things run smoothly. What a team!

And thanks to all who have signed up to be hostesses for our 2017-2018 year, but there are still a few spots open in February and March. Please volunteer to be a hostesses by emailing Elaine at elainevillarreal@yahoo.com to let her know if you can serve in February or March.

DUES
Remember, if you have not already done so, May is the month to pay dues for 2017-2018.

Dues: $25 for WDA only and $40 for both WDA and WEA. After June 30, dues are $30 for WDA only and $45 for both WDA and WEA. Pay with cash or check.

SPRING RETREAT
The annual WDA/WEA retreat at Glen Rose has been scheduled for the weekend of May 5-7, 2017.  There is still room for you to join your Alliance friends for a spring weekend of fellowship and fun in Glen Rose. Cost is $145.00. Contact Terri Goodman to let her know you want to attend and to arrange for payment.

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WDA Meeting and Lunch: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4th. Our speaker will be Sara Saldana who is the former director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Prior to serving as director of ICE she was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. After the program, join us in Channing Hall for a catered lunch for $10. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Elaine Villarreal at elainevillarreal@yahoo.com.

Please read the minutes of the February meeting at wdauu.org before the next meeting.

April and May are months to pay dues for 2017-2018. Three ways to pay:

Pay by cash or check at the WDA meetings in April or May.

Leave a check at the church office in an envelope addressed to: Mary Lee Kilgore, c/o Womens Day Alliance

Mail a check to Mary Lee Kilgore, 9311 Chimney Corner Lane, Dallas, TX 75243.

Dues: $25 for WDA only and $40 for both WDA and WEA.
After June 30, dues are $30 for WDA only and $45 for both WDA and WEA.

You will want to attend this month’s meeting so you can vote on our 2017-2018 budget, and so you can learn the recipients of our member-voted charitable donations.

Coming events:
The Frankford Preservation Foundation invites you to a Spring Prairie Tour on April 9. If you saw Kathy Power’s wonderful presentation about the preservation of the native prairie and the restoration of the historical church or if you came to the field trip to the cemetary and church last year, you will want to participate in this year’s guided tour. Landscape architect Rosa Finsley and master naturalist Rich Jaynes will lead the tours, identifying the wildflowers in bloom on the rare four-acre remnant of the Blackland Prairie. Sunday, April 9 from 4 pm to 6 pm., 17400 Muirfield Drive, Dallas, TX 75284

Join us at our meeting on May 2 for our installation of officers with remarks by Rev. Aaron White.

The annual WDA/WEA retreat at Glen Rose is set for the weekend of May 5-7, 2017.

 


Women’s Day Alliance Newsletter – January, 2017

WDA Meeting and Lunch: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday. For our program, Deanna Charles will present “Mambo”, a social engagement platform for communities such as ours to provide members with diverse activities in which to connect and participate. After the program, join us in Channing Hall for lunch. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Elaine Villarreal at elainevillarreal@yahoo.com.

Remember to read the minutes of the December meeting at wdauu.org before the next meeting.

SouthWest UU Women’s Conference – “Hearts and Hands Joining for Justice!”

Join in an inspiring weekend, February 10 – 12, 2017, at the Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities with Keynote Speaker Helen Bond and entertainment from Going Native, a new vocal trio. Go here to register:  http://www.swuuw.org/conferences/2017/143-swuuwcon-2017
Fees will increase after December 31, 2016.
Please mark your calendar and join us at 6:45 pm on Tuesday evening, January 17th for a Rediscover Your Closet Workshop in Channing Hall.   “Closet therapist” Elisabeth White, www.rediscoveryourcloset.co, will talk about creating new outfits by putting our current clothes together in new ways, deciding which clothing items aren’t working for us, and de-cluttering and re-organizing our closets Then we can donate the treasures we’re no longer wearing for Clothes Encounters!  The $15 registration fee will cover refreshments, plus the speaker’s fee and some Clothes Encounters rack rental costs.  Workshop participants will receive a discount if they’re interested in working with Elisabeth later on closet consultations or downsizing consultations.  Alliance members, our friends, and all women in the church are invited.

Please register here for the workshop: https://squareup.com/store/WEA_Sales

Ellen Tye and Kathy Calhoun, Nominating Chairs, are looking for a few good women for board officers and committee chairs. If you aspire to hold one of these positions, please let them know.
The church is still looking for more volunteers to (wo)man the reception desk once a month in the church office on Sundays and possibly some shifts during the week. The job is easy and fun and vital as a welcoming presence to our church. Please help! Contact Taylor Goodrich at  214-528-3990 or TGoodrich@dallasuu.org
As always, if you know of a member in need of some TLC, please contact our Corresponding and Caring Secretary, Marci Kizer.
This news from Marcia Niemann:  For the Women’s March on Austin, January 21, 2017, bus seats from Northaven church are almost gone, but bus seats from Grapevine Mills are still available. You can go here to sign up:

http://ndtdw.com/bus-to-womens-march-austin/.
We are almost sold out for the buses staging from Northaven United Methodist Church.  ONLY 2 SEATS LEFT. If you don’t get on that bus, we have 26 seats left on the bus leaving from Grapevine Mills Mall. Once the two (2) seats are gone, no more buses will be added to that staging location, so sign-up NOW.  FIRST COME, FIRST GETS THE SEATS.
Texas UU Justice Ministry Lobby Day in Austin
UUs from across the State of Texas will meet in Austin on February 15, 2017 to lift up our voices and values in the halls of power at the State Capitol. In 2015, more than a hundred UUs from twenty-one Texas congregations gathered at the Capitol for the very first TXUUJM Legislative Action Day; 2017 promises to be even more memorable, and with the recent election, even more crucial. Register online today, and reserve your seat on the bus from Houston or D/FW. This is going to be BIG, so make plans today to add your voice!
Sign up at: txuujm.org/LAD

 

LOOKING FORWARD…

Our program in February will present Dr. Margaret Owen, professor and director of the Center for Children and Families at UT Dallas, speaking on childhood development, parenting and family processes.

 

Our service project in February will be collecting cash and diapers for the Rainbow Room. Verda Shine will have more information for us at the January meeting.

 

CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS – from Our Closets to Yours!
Save the date!  Clothes Encounters will be Sunday, March 5th.  Please start saving those treasures from your closet that you’re no longer wearing.

Looking for that perfect gift for an Alliance member or church friend?  How about a gift certificate to Clothes Encounters!  They’re available in $10 and $25 amounts, in Channing Hall at the January 3rd WDA meeting.  Your friend can happily redeem her gift certificate for a treasure the weekend of March 5th — and best of all, all the money will go to the Women’s Alliances to be given to our church and our charities.

SPRING RETREAT
The annual WDA/WEA retreat at Glen Rose has been scheduled for the weekend of May 5-7, 2017.  Please add this to your calendar and plan to join your Alliance friends for a spring weekend of fellowship and fun.

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Women’s Day Alliance Newsletter – December

WDA Meeting and Potluck Lunch: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday. Our own Jean Ann Powers and her accompanist will entertain us with songs of the season. Join us for a potluck lunch afterward in Channing Hall. Bring your own delicious dish to share. A ham entree will be provided. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Elaine Villarreal at elainevillarreal@yahoo.com.

Remember to read the minutes of the November meeting at wdauu.org before the next meeting.
SouthWest UU Women’s Conference – “Hearts and Hands Joining for Justice!”

Join in an inspiring weekend, February 10 – 12, 2017, at the Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities with Keynote Speaker Helen Bond and entertainment from Going Native, a new vocal trio. Early Registration is $190 before January 1, 2017. Registration after December 31, 2016 is $225. The the final deadline is January 28.

And we have exciting news! WDA has two scholarships for WDA members planning to attend The SOUTHWEST UU WOMEN’S CONFERENCE on February 10 – 12. The amount per scholarship is $87.50. If you may not be able to attend the SWUUW Conference due to financial constraints, please apply. Just fill out the form and get it to Rhonda Koetting, Finance Chair, WDA, before January 1, 2017. Instructions are in the application form which you can download from here:  wdauu.org. For more about SWUUW go to SWUUW.org

THEATER GROUP

Special pricing for One Thirty Productions’ Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas (based on the books by Robert Fulgham) at the Bath House at White Rock Lake on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 1:30.  $12 cash or check at the door. Reservations are necessary. Contact Sara Miskimins by Nov. 29 to make a reservation.

If you wish to attend on a day other than Dec. 13, the show runs from Nov. 30 through Dec. 17, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Prices for regular tickets are $16.

In addition to the matinees there is a show on Sat., Dec. 10th at 5:30 for $15.  There will be wine and appetizers before the show.  You may write or call Sara for reservations for any of the dates.  972-271-6077 or smisk@verizon.net.

LOOKING FORWARD…

Our program in January will present up-to-date information about climate change and what we can do about it.  Put it on your calendar and plan to invite friends to hear about this important topic.

CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS – from Our Closets to Yours!
Save the date!  Clothes Encounters will be Sunday, March 5th.  Please start saving those treasures from your closet that you’re no longer wearing.

1.  Looking for that perfect gift for an Alliance member or church friend?  How about a gift certificate to Clothes Encounters!  They’re available in $10 and $25 amounts, in Channing Hall at the December 6th WDA meeting.  Your friend can happily redeem her gift certificate for a treasure the weekend of March 5th — and best of all, all the money will go to the Women’s Alliances to be given to our church and our charities.

2.  Cheerful Christmas Sweaters Silent Auction!  Bid on some Christmas sweaters at the December WDA meeting, for yourself or as a fun gift.  We’re raising money to rent the clothing racks for Clothes Encounters.  Bidding will close at 1 pm in Channing Hall.

3.  Please mark your calendar and join us at 6:45 pm on Tuesday evening, January 17th for a Rediscover Your Closet Workshop in Channing Hall.   “Closet therapist” Elisabeth White, www.rediscoveryourcloset.com, will talk about creating new outfits by putting our current clothes together in new ways
deciding which clothing items aren’t working for us
and de-cluttering and re-organizing our closets (then we can donate the treasures we’re no longer wearing for Clothes Encounters!).  The $15 registration fee will cover refreshments, plus the speaker’s fee and some Clothes Encounters rack rental costs.  Workshop participants will receive a discount if they’re interested in working with Elisabeth later on closet consultations or downsizing consultations.  Alliance members, our friends, and all women in the church are invited.
SPRING RETREAT
The annual WDA/WEA retreat at Glen Rose has been scheduled for the weekend of May 5-7, 2017.  Please add this to your calendar and plan to join your Alliance friends for a spring weekend of fellowship and fun.

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Looking back…

♥  Clothes Encounters…from our closets to yours!

Many thanks to everyone who helped make the spring fund-raiser, Clothes Encounters, a big success!   All the proceeds will be donated to charities and our church, and clothing not chosen at the event will help women in our community through CitySquare and Resolana. Clothes Encounters was also a wonderful opportunity for Alliance members to make some space in our own closets, enjoy fun and fellowship together, and bring home some new favorite treasures given by Alliance friends–while increasing awareness within the church community about the Women’s Alliances.

FEBRUARY 2016 SERVICE PROJECT
Thanks to WDA members who brought children’s clothes, toys, supplies, and contributions for Community Partners of Dallas Rainbow Room.  Service Chair Verda Shine writes, “The staff was very thankful for our WDA donations! One picture is taken in the Rainbow Room with toys on the shelves and clothes filling the racks on one side of the room. The other picture was taken of their building. We had a trunk load of supplies and $210 to donate.”

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DECEMBER SERVICE PROJECT
Members brought toiletry items to benefit Resolanahttp://www.voatx.org/resolana.  Women’s Evening Alliance (WEA) Secretary Kathy Lee explains:  “Resolana is a group affiliated with Volunteers of America Texas which aids women in the Dallas County Jail and those transitioning out of incarceration.  Resolana relies on grants and volunteers to provide services to women they identify as having the potential to establish a new life.  When women in the Resolana program are released from jail, they often lack basic hygiene supplies such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, tampons, etc.”  Contact Resolana if you’re interested in serving as a mentor to a woman in the program.

DECEMBER MUSICAL PROGRAM
At the December 1st WDA meeting, everyone enjoyed the program
:  A musical performance by Dollars Taxes, featuring WDA member Linda Ray, Bill Johnston, Max Johnston, and George Cloy.  Linda describes the group as “a hillbilly chamberDollars Taxes music ensemble, playing an eclectic mix of blue grass, old time, Irish and other acoustic music.”  They entertained us, and described the surprising history of some of the songs.  Linda has been a Unitarian since age 18 and a member of our church since 1998.  She studied classical violin and performed extensively in her youth, returning to the violin after careers in real estate and Wall Street.  A retired stock broker, she has played with the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving.  

A holiday potluck luncheon in Channing Hall followed the program.  After lunch, church staff member Sharon Thompson provided training on how to use Church Life and the www.dallasuu.org online member database features for WDA and church communication.

CRAFTY BAKE SALE 2015
Sincere thanks to the many crafters, bakers, volunteers, and shoppers for making this year’s Crafty Bake Sale in November a record-breaking success!  Congratulations to co-chairs Martha Withers and Jamie Bernstein on an outstanding and fun event, enjoyed by all.

 


Women’s Day Alliance Overview

WDA MEETINGS, PROGRAMS & LUNCHEONS

WDA meets at church on the first Tuesday morning of each month, September through May.  We gather in the Sanctuary for a business meeting at 10:30, a program at 11, then lunch together in Channing Hall.

Here are WDA’s 2015-16 meeting dates, topics and speakers.

Here is a schedule of the catered and potluck luncheons this year and how to RSVP.

SERVICE & FUND-RAISING

Ministers receive Clothes Encounters check

Susan Grundy and Kathy Calhoun presented a WDA donation to Ministers Aaron White, Beth Dana, and Daniel Kanter at the April 2015 WDA luncheon

As an arm of the church, we participate in local, regional and denominational affairs and are committed to serving our own church and the community at large. WDA raises money and gives it to the church and to community organizations selected each year by our members. Members also participate in service projects year-’round, and host the memorial receptions for the church.

Contributions to WDA are welcomed.  In September, we collected school supplies for students at Dan D. Rogers Elementary School.  The traditional fall fund-raiser was the Crafty-Bake Sale, in Channing Hall the Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 22, 2015)–done in cooperation with the Women’s Evening Alliance.  2014 photos  
May 1, 2016 will be the date for our spring fund-raiser, the third annual “Clothes Encounters…from our closets to yours!”

FELLOWSHIP & FUN

WDA sponsors several groups.  Please click on them in the menu bar at the top to find out more!  (Dates and locations may vary; please contact the coordinators to confirm.)

  • Bridge Group meets on the 2nd and 5th Tuesday mornings of each month
  • Friendship Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday morning of each month
  • Movie Matinee usually meets on the 4th Tuesday afternoon of each month

The Women’s Day and Evening Alliances Spring retreat will be May 13-15, 2016.  2016 Women’s Alliances Retreat Flyer

A BRIEF HISTORY

The Women’s Alliance was formed in 1900 just months after the First Unitarian Church of Dallas was formally organized.  We have played an important role in the history of this church and our larger community.  During the Great Depression in the early 30’s, when the church fell upon hard times, the Alliance was instrumental in reviving the church.  In 1970 the Woman’s Alliance played a key role in the Roe V. Wade court case by filing an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in support of abortion rights.  In 1978, with more women working outside the home, the Women’s Evening Alliance (www.weadallas.org) was formed.  The Day and Evening Alliances work closely together, and are committed to providing friendship, enlightenment, activities, and support for the women of this church.

First Unitarian Church of Dallas:  www.dallasuu.org

YOU’RE INVITED TO JOIN US

All women are invited to be a part of the the Day Alliance, the Evening Alliance, or both!  Please join us for meetings, groups and activities.  Visitors are always welcome.  To find out more about Women’s Day Alliance, please contact Lou Ann King, President – king.la@sbcglobal.net, or talk with any of the Board members.  We hope to see you soon!

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Rev. Daniel Kanter made a wonderful presentation to WEA about the Women’s Alliances in the context of First Unitarian Church of Dallas and its emphasis on compassion.