Mother’s Day service, Celebrating Peace and Motherhood

IMPORTANT NOTE: Join us at our new meeting place on Davidson College campus in the conference room of Tomlinson residential hall, bottom back  left hand corner of the building. Look for building number 11 on this map link . Parking is located in the back of Tomlinson. You are allowed to park in the handicap spaces without a sticker on Sundays. Also you can park in the lots next to buildings number 6 and 7 right inside the entrance to campus. We are excited about this change as continue to grow together

UU Fellowship of Lake Norman

“Mother’s Day service, Celebrating Peace and Motherhood”

The first North American Mother’s Day was conceptualized with Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Despite having penned The Battle Hymn of the Republic 12 years earlier, Howe had become so distraught by the death and carnage of the Civil War that she called on Mother’s to come together and protest what she saw as the futility of their Sons killing the Sons of other Mothers. With her Mother’s Day Proclamation, she called for an international Mother’s Day celebrating peace and motherhood:

Come and join us for our Mother’s Day service May 2nd on the campus of Davidson College, in the conference room of Tomlinson residential hall. Come and let us fellowship together with spiritual nurturing, music, children’s story, talk and conversation. Doors will open at 10:30 am with the service starting at 11:00 followed by refreshments and conversation.

Julia Ward Howe (Unitarian)

Among her many contributions to American society is her famous “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which has become a national anthem of sorts. She was also co-editor and writer for The Woman’s Journal, which lobbied for suffrage and human rights. She was instrumental in creating Mother’s Day, which she envisioned as a day of solemn council where women from all over the world could meet to discuss the means whereby to achieve world peace. They would also convene as mothers, keeping in mind the duty of protecting their children. She became the first woman elected to the Society of Arts and Letters, and the biography of her, written by her children, won the Pulitzer Prize.

“Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

In the first journal entry after her husband’s death in 1876 Julia wrote, “Start my new life today,” and indeed she did. For the next forty some years she was a strong force. She answered to no one except herself and God. Julia traveled the world promoting Women’s Rights, Peace, Prison and Education Reform as a preacher, lecturer and dignitary. She was seen as a bridge between Society and Reform and used her celebrity and social status to further her ideology.

All are welcome regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability or economic status

We are a liberal faith community.


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