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Discovering our Sacred Callings: Conversations with Mexican Women

Ann Lutterman-Aguilar Atención

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar explores the diverse understandings of “vocation” between Mexican and US cultures, where callings are often seen as more individualistic than collective and more related to professional work than to ordinary life.

UU Service
“Discovering our Sacred Callings: Conversations with Mexican Women”
With Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar
Sun, Mar 6, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

The talk draws on her doctoral dissertation research that included focus groups and in-depth interviews with a wide range of Mexican women from widely diverse backgrounds in the state of Morelos and in Mexico City. Of the women, 76 percent identified as mixed race, 16 percent as indigenous, 3 percent as Afro-Mexican, 3 percent as white, and 2 percent didn’t identify. Meanwhile, 49 percent identified as growing up poor, 28 percent as middle-class, and 10 percent as upper-class. Particular focus is on ways these women discovered their callings to provide clues for all people in the ongoing discovery of our vocations.

Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar is a feminist theologian and a dual citizen of Mexico and the US. For more than 22 years she has taught religion and women’s studies in Cuernavaca, Mexico, through Augsburg College’s Center for Global Education and Experience, where she currently serves as the site director. In 2011 Ann earned her doctorate in international feminist theologies from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. In 1991 she received her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, ordained as a pastor in the United Church of Christ. Prior to that she worked with women in a displaced persons’ camp during the civil war in El Salvador. Throughout her 22-plus years in Mexico, Ann has been involved in a variety of secular and faith-based women’s organizations that advocate an end to violence against women, the decriminalization of abortion, and legal same-sex marriage.

Special musician Yoremem Jocobi, a San Miguel resident, grew up in the Mayo-Yaquis culture in the Mexican northern border state of Sonora. As a child she spoke only Yoremem (the language of the Mayo), a name she now takes as her own. Yoremem’s specialties is playing guitar and singing heartfelt songs from her Mayo heritage.

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


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