Bob Fisher: It is with unfathomable sorrow that I let you know my life companion of 48 years, partner in creativity and in the pursuit of happiness and justice, Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Fisher (née Turner), has been embraced by the wings of Isis Friday, September 25, 2020 at 11:28 AM PDT. She was 3 weeks shy of her 73rd birthday. Born in Cleveland Ohio, October 15, 1947 at 12:22 PM, she emigrated to California in 1970. Yana Castle: “Liz was a brilliant woman, a seeker, creator, folklore specialist, writer, loving wife of Bob and such a good friend and sister on the path.” Karen Tate: “A Wonderful Wonderful woman. A Creatrix. Dedicated, brilliant, nurturing, supportive, a Wayshower and Wise Woman. She will be greatly missed.” Kate Lewis Kissinger: “I am so sorry to hear this. Liz was a wonderful woman. I learned so much from her and received sage advice in times of great need. Her gifts were many, and she shared them generously.”
Liz Fisher was presented the MINISTRY TO WOMEN Award June 24, 2020 from the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation in recognition of her exemplary and impactful leadership. “Elizabeth Fisher has studied the feminine divine throughout her life and around the world. Her curriculum, Rise Up & Call Her Name, a multicultural, multidimensional educational experience first published in 1995, continues to inform and influence us. Liz has worked as a tireless advocate for Women’s Rights as Human Rights and the power of the Shared Leadership model to counter patriarchal, hierarchical societal norms. We count her as an honored Foremother to UUWF and UU Women & Religion.” This quote is from the award. (Posted at RiseUpandCallHerName.com)
This new website, among many other projects, has been Liz’s labor of love for 3 years (2017-2020) overlapping with the 3 years (2015-2018) she wrote a monthly column for Nature’s Path – visit the post below. Liz did a Woman & Religion oriented bio – you can find it elsewhere on this site. Rainbows at the Crossroads is a work in progress combining fiction based on memoirs with knowledge needed to salvage ancestral values. Storytelling, life reviews, conversations, and background notes are interwoven. The illustrated text is linked to related video and audio snippets, offering an entertaining and informative public education experience. I will endeavor to keep publishing this relevant material as I continue to unearth it in our archives. Blessings, Bob Fisher
These beautiful pencil drawings and concise biographical notes are a testament to these accomplished women who are a sample of the many women who have made diverse contributions to our culture. The various ethnicities of these dedicated leaders in wide-ranging fields highlight the multicultural richness that these Earth Shakers and Ground Breakers bring to our shared experience. Laura Sinks, a California Artist, learned about these women during her Women’s Studies classes. She was inspired to represent the impression they made on her by interpreting their faces beautifully and to share her sense of connection she feels with these courageous and committed women.
Betty Reid Soskin, in this intimate memoir, tells the story of her many faceted life journey. In the 1960s, she was very active in the Unitarian Universalist Black empowerment movement. Now at 96 years old and still serving as a National Park Ranger, Betty has become a national icon. She is a major contributor to “Rise Up,” conferring on its approach, telling about her fascinating life, both personal and professional. She has been a singer and songwriter and owned a music store that is also a source of African American history resources. She has been a legislative aide, community activist and internationally known blog writer. In “Sign My Name to Freedom,” she continues to grapple with American realities, relating them to important historical happenings she has personally witnessed. A key book for our times!
From January, 2015 to February 2018 Liz wrote a monthly column for Nature’s Path which was part of PATHEOS, the premier on-line destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality. Below are all of the columns. Each column weaves spiritual perspectives with pressing contemporary issues. Profusely illustrated…
by Elizabeth Fisher and Robert Fisher. Since the mid-1970s the United Nations has been actively involved in supporting a vital Women’s International Human Rights Movement. This guide simplifies the latest developments in this worldwide movement for equal rights for women and includes many suggestions for how you can be a…
The Equal Justice Initiative believes that in order to heal the wounds from our present, we must face our past. Learn about America’s history of racial terror lynchings, and how their effects are still felt today. The Southern Poverty Law Center has given us two useful booklets for dealing with hate speech. They are posted here.
In 1977 at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Ithaca, New York, the “Women and Religion Resolution” was adopted unanimously. This marked an herstoric turning point in the ways in which women participated in Unitarian Universalism at every level. Several slideshows outlining the process, key personalities and available resources can be accessed here.