Calendar of Events

The following are women related events in the area including ones not sponsored by WWHP.  WWHP sponsored events are indicated by our logo.

April 2017

Around the World in 40 Years
Saturday, 4/1/2017 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA - Tickets available soon.
Salisbury Singers joins the Master Singers as they commemorate their 40th anniversary with an international program. Works include the premiere of An Ode to the Portrait of Clara Barton, by Malcolm Halliday, as well as works by Norwegian Ola Gjeilo, Argentinean Alberto Favero and the Russian Rimsky-Korsacov. The program features Canadian Ruth Watson Hendersons epic work, Voices of the Earth conducted by Salisbury Singers Music Director Michelle Graveline. This gala event celebrates friendships and numerous ties between the Master Singers and the greater Worcester Cultural community. Artistic Director Malcolm Halliday, retiring after a long and fruitful association with the Master Singers, will be piano soloist in the concluding work, Beethovens Choral Fantasie.
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Master Singers of Worcester 40th Anniversary Concert - "Around the World in 40 Years"
Saturday, 4/1/2017 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Mechanics Hall, Great Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA
The Master Singers of Worcester, joined by Salisbury Singers, the WPI Orchestra, Worcester Children's Chorus, and the Shrewsbury Ringers, presents a concert of music from around the world to celebrate its 40th anniversary as one of Worcester's premiere community choruses.
For more information, e-mail or call 508-842-1349.

2017 Dr. Irving & Anabel Wolfson Humanist Lecture & Award
Sunday, 4/2/2017 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, 90 Holden Street, Worcester, MA - FREE WILL OFFERING
The UUCW Wolfson Lecture Committee is pleased to announce that Maria Greene, Executive Director of the UU Huumanists has been chosen as this year's Dr. Irving & Anabel Wolfson Award Recipient and Lecturer. This year's lecture will take place on Sunday, April 2 during the 10 am Worship service with a reception to following in Fellowship Hall.

Ms. Greene's lecture is entitled, "Humanism and Unitarian Universalism: Better Together". She writes, "Recent events have convinced me that the world needs more of what we UUs have. Humanism is a positive lifestance that puts the responsibility for progress into human hands. We UUs are not all Humanists, but we do share the same humanistic values and the same appreciation for diversity and difference. The UU embrace of Humanism sets it apart from other liberal religions and its time for us to proudly proclaim and celebrate our welcome of all. Differences in metaphysics pale in importance to the need to provide support and hope as we navigate through challenging times together."

Maria Greene has contributed articles related to Humanism to the American Humanist Association, to the UUHA's journal "Religious Humanism" and the UUHA blog, and she has a chapter in the recently published book from Skinner House, "Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism". Ms. Greene is also a computer programmer with a degree in Computer Science from Brown University. Ms. Greene and her family currently reside in Acton, MA, where they are members of the First Parish Church of Stow & Acton.

A Reception with Ms. Greene will follow the Lecture.

The UU Church of Worcester is an LGBTQI Welcoming, Barrier Free community with assistive listening devices and large-print resources.
Sponsored by: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester
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Arms and Armor: Onna-Bugeisha: Women of the Samurai
Sunday, 4/2/2017 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Worcester Art Museum, Conference Room, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA - Free with Museum admission
The official title of a Samurai's wife was, "The One who remains in the Home." But what did these women really do while the men were away? From warriors to poets, manning catapults to writing laws, no two lives are quite the same. Come and learn the stories of a few outstanding women from the age of Samurai!(Programming subject to change)
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Judith Robbins, poet and minister
Sunday, 4/2/2017 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Annie's Book Stop, 65 James Street, Worcester, MA - Free
As part of National Poetry Month, ABSW will host poet and minister Judith Robbins of Maine for a reading, signing, and Q & A. Robbins rst collection of poems, entitled The North End, was recently published by North Country Press and is a memoir in poems of life lived in ethnically diverse, working-class Worcester in the post-World War II era. The second half of the book takes the reader on an up-close experience of life in Maine, where she has lived for all of her married life.

Robbins, who grew up in the North End of Worcester, in an area known as Poets Hill, attended Edgeworth Street School. It was there, when she was a second grader, that her rst published poem entitled The Buttery appeared in the Happy Time Pages of the Worcester Sunday Telegram. In fourth grade, she wrote a poem for Mothers Day and saw the emotional impact it had on her mother when she read it. It was then she began to understand the power of words, and that awareness has shaped her life as a writer, editor, and minister.

She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and attended UMASS, Amherst. After marrying and raising four children with her husband Jonathan Robbins, whom she met when both were reporters for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, she returned to her education and earned degrees from Bates College and Harvard Divinity School. She has served as the pastor of a rural community church, worked in college administration, as a legal proofreader for the Maine State Legislature, and as a volunteer and staff worker at a womens shelter in Augusta, Maine. She also taught poetry to children in grades K-8 in her local school during the ten years her own children attended the school. Creating poems in a writing house in the woods has been the constant in a life otherwise interrupted by ventures into education and a variety of jobs. She has published widely in journals, magazines and newspapers before this, her rst collection.
For more information, e-mail or call 508-796-5613.

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