What’s on this Site?

Lucile Longview is initiator and primary author of the ground-breaking Unitarian Universalist Women and Religion Resolution passed unanimously by the UU General Assembly in 1977.

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THE RED NOTEBOOK is a compilation of the best of what Lucile shared both in her writing and presentations before groups of Unitarian Universalists and at Harvard’s Theological Opportunity Program. She assembled these gems in the last years of her life.

Special thanks to her daughter Linda Schuck for making THE RED NOTEBOOK available for this project.

You will find powerful pieces here on these topics:
  • Autobiographical insights
  • Herstorical memories about the innovative UU Women and Religion Movement
  • Presentations at the International Women’s Movement early UN conferences
  • Reflections on the New Consciousness required to bring Paradigm Shifting

I am curator of the content of this website, and am author of the popular UUWF course Rise Up and Call Her Name, A Woman-honoring Journey into Global Earth-based Spiritualities and the UUSC course Gender JusticeWomen’s Rights are Human Rights, which presents the Platform for Action for Women adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing China in 1995. I was a co-convener and participant in the Pacific Central District Women and Religion Task Force from 1983-2001 and then took on the task of archiving this Movement . For more about my own experiences see:

Liz Fisher’s W&R Autobiographical Statement

I knew Lucile from the 1980s to the end of her life and frequently discussed with Lucile the personal and political impact of the Women and Religion Movement, both within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and in the larger society. Lucile’s daughter, Linda Schuck , gave me a copy of THE RED NOTEBOOK  hoping it would be shared with others since the material is still very timely.

I am inspired by Lucile’s insights, enjoy her prose and committed to posting her important work with proper context and background notes.  Here you will find the first installment. As time progresses more will be added.

What is Posted

The pieces posted introduce Lucile and set the context. Though the Notebook is in date order, I have organized the ones I have included by topic which necessarily combines pieces from various time periods to show the range of her concerns.

Throughout the entries links to Lucile’s original scanned writings and related material have been inserted. These appear in red and can be opened by clicking on the link.

I have also posted my own observations and interpretations about the selections. These are titled Context, Comments, Background, preceded by my initials (LF), or Summary.

Schlesinger Library

The original of THE RED NOTEBOOK, along with Lucile’s collection of related documents and correspondence, is archived at Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. The Schlesinger Library is the world’s largest and most significant repository of documents covering women’s lives and activities.

List of Lucile’s papers at Schlesinger Library

Lucile — born: March 28, 1911 – passed: April 20, 2010