President's Message Summer 2022

karen kortsch
Karen Kortsch, IWC President
Greetings, Members and Friends,

As we prepare to hold our Annual Meeting of Members on June 14, there is a lot of buzz about our membership program. It became apparent, through brief discussions at our Tuesday Gatherings, that not all of our friends understood how the membership program works. We encourage you to read our membership policy and fill out a simple membership form. We would like to have each of you a member of the IWC family! If you are not yet a member, please complete the online form and commit to supporting us in all the ways that you are able.

As we look back upon the past year, there are so many things to be thankful for but also many things of concern. The global health crisis has deepened long-standing inequalities. Political shifts to the right in the U.S. and Europe are rolling back women’s rights. Restrictive abortion laws in Poland and the U.S. are causing unnecessary pain, suffering, and tragedy. On the other hand, we have seen many women make history this year. Honduras and Hungary elected their first women presidents, and the U.S. inaugurated its first woman vice president. 

The outpouring of love and support for IWC’s campaign to provide humanitarian aid for people affected by the war in Ukraine is a testament to the power of our solidarity in times of crisis. We are lucky to have the Providence Charity Organization of the Hungarian Unitarian Church as our ally and partner, and are so grateful for their work to make the refugees and the displaced feel welcome and cared for. My heart feels lighter knowing that we are making a significant difference. I hope you feel the same.