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“Walking the Talk in International Service”

Daniela Franco

By Jon Sievert

Three San Miguel UU women—Jennifer Butz, Judith Jenya, and Daniela Franco—offer insights on how their own international services have animated the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism, at this Sunday’s UUFSMA service.

UU Service
“Walking the Talk in International Service”
By Jennifer Butz, Judith Jenya, and Daniela Franco
Sun, Dec 11, 10:30am
La Posada de La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Unitarian Universalists base their faith on seven key principles. These principles—echoed in all great faith traditions—drive UUs to take large and small actions that serve their families, their communities, and the broader world. How each of these women has walked the talk is a message sorely needed now, and their simple, direct realization of these principles will hearten us all. The seven principles are:

1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person

2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations

3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations

4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large

6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all

7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

 

Jennifer Butz, a member of the UU Board, has worked and traveled extensively around the world. Her deep wonder and awe of people, cultures, and nature inform her international service in good governance and environmental justice. She is currently consulting primarily in Latin America and Asia when she is not in her garden or working on something creative.

Judith Jenya is a humanitarian who founded Global Children’s Organization to help children of war. For her decade of work with children on all sides of the conflict in the Balkans, she was named International Humanist of the Year in 2002. She is a mother and grandmother, world traveler, worked as an attorney, psychotherapist, artist, art teacher, and art therapist before retiring to San Miguel in 2006. She now volunteers with Patronatos pro Ninos and other organizations.

Daniela Franco is director of Libros para Todos, a small nonprofit program whose mission is to inspire children to read more. She also serves on the Board of Apoyo a Gente Emprendedora, A.C. and on the steering committee of Ser Mujer. She has lived in San Miguel for six years with her husband and two daughters.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La 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 www.uufsma.org.

 

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