Ruth Rowan

Ruth Rowan

The Ruth Rowan Award

UU Mass Action created this award in honor of our former board member, Ruth Rowan.  Ruth was a board member from 2014 to 2016.  She became a member of First Parish Northborough UU in 1985.  Ruth is an accomplished flautist and choir member who, for many years, has generously shared her musical talents during worship services and at many UU gatherings.  Ruth is passionate about living her values and principles by taking action and engaging in social justice.  It is in honor of her love of music and justice that we name this award for her.

Qualifications for the Award

The Ruth Rowan award is given to a person or group who is actively engaged in social justice and who motivates others to take action, as well, through music.  Individuals are invited to nominate any person/group whom they’ve been inspired by and would like to recognize for their music and contributions to social justice.   UU’s are preferred, but non-UU’s will be considered. The Executive Director of UU Mass Action may also nominate a musician/group who has shared their talents and participated in a UU Mass Action event.

 Lynn Holbein

Lynn Holbein

The Lynn Holbein Award

UU Mass Action created this award in honor of our founder and board president, Lynn Holbein.  Lynn founded UU Mass Action in 2005 and was our board president from 2005 to 2017.  She continues to serve as UU Mass Action’s vice president.  It was through Lynn’s vision for a more unified UU social justice movement in Massachusetts and her dedication to transforming a dream into a reality that our UU State Action Network came into being.  As a social justice activist her entire adult life, Lynn is dedicated to nuclear disarmament, economic justice, protecting our democratic process and criminal justice reform.  Lynn is also a painter and teacher who volunteers her time teaching art to people who are incarcerated.  Lynn is a long time member of the First Unitarian Society of Newton.

Qualifications for the Award

The Lynn Holbein award is given to a person who has demonstrated a commitment to social justice and through their leadership and engaged others to take action, as well.  This award recognizes the contributions made by a person whose work has transformed social justice organizing in a way that maximizes the collective impact of activists.  UU’s are preferred, but non-UU’s will be considered. The Executive Director of UU Mass Action may also nominate a person who actions are exemplary and reflect the values of Lynn Holbein.

how recipients are Selected

The members of the UU Mass Action board will review the applications and select a recipient in March.  The award will be presented to the recipient at the annual Advocacy Day event or a similar gathering in April or early May.