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Respecting the Interdependent Web of Life

By Jon Sievert

Jennifer Butz offers a hopeful look at what is being done to combat climate change at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
“Respecting the Interdependent Web of Life”
By Jennifer Butz
Sun, Nov 6, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

The seventh principle of Unitarian Universalism is respect for the interdependent web of life. No other reality we face today challenges that interdependence more than climate change. We have come to understand that environmental degradation has the most negative impact on those who have the least. Without understanding and action, things will only get worse. But before we throw up our hands and concede defeat, Butz suggests we assess what steps are being taken to address the problem.

As it turns out, there is much happening across the globe to address climate change and improve the way that humans use and sustain our natural, living planet. From children in classrooms to tribes in North Dakota to leaders of nations and even theologians from their pulpits, there are words backed by action designed to move us away from fossil fuels and unsustainable production and consumption.

Butz also identifies the global architecture in place to address and inform how the world thinks about sustainability and climate disruption. She identifies what religious communities, including the Catholic Church and Unitarian Universalists, are doing to help reverse dangerous policies and behaviors to move us back from catastrophic tipping points. She concludes with concrete and practical steps individuals can take to lighten their own carbon footprint and improve the environment at a more immediate level.

Jennifer Butz is an international specialist in good governance and green growth, a model of development that demands the deft balance of three key elements: economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion. Most recently, she was a regional director of the Global Green Growth Institute based in Seoul, South Korea. She has lived and worked in more than 30 countries and visited another 40 in her wanderings. Raised Unitarian Universalist in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she has made San Miguel de Allende her home for a decade.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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