Mexican Women Fan the Flames of Hope
By Jon Sievert
Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar addresses the tremendous obstacles and threats facing Mexican women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, femicide, poverty, and other forms of violence at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service. In a country where six women are murdered each day, conservative elements of the Catholic Church have had a huge influence on silencing progressive women’s voices. Much hope can be found, however, among Catholic groups speaking truth to power within both religious and secular settings. Dr. Lutterman-Aguilar cites examples and celebrates the lives of courageous Mexican women and men who are organizing themselves and others to confront these problems and to fan the flames of hope for a violence-free society that provides peace, liberty, and justice for all.
By Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar
Sun, Mar 8, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
Dr. Lutterman-Aguilar is a feminist theologian and a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States. For the past 21 years she has taught Religion and Women’s Studies in Cuernavaca, Mexico, through Augsburg College’s Center for Global Education, where she currently serves as the site director. In 2011, she earned her doctorate in International Feminist Theologies from the San Francisco Theological Seminary, which is part of the Graduate Theological Union at UC Berkeley. In 1991, she received her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and was subsequently ordained as a pastor in the United Church of Christ and served as an ecumenical campus minister at Penn State University. Prior to that she worked with women in displaced persons camps during the civil war in El Salvador. Throughout her 21 years in Mexico, Ann has been very involved in a variety of secular and faith-based women’s organizations, particularly advocating an end to violence against women, the decriminalization of abortion, and legal same-sex marriage. Special music will be provided by vocalist/guitarist Yoremem Jacobi.
The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at www.uufsma.org.