UU Service

Jennifer Butz

By Jon Sievert

San Miguel is home to many who have lived international lives and enjoy experiencing the richness of global cultures. At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, Jennifer Butz shares the details of her remarkable career in international development and a life of service to humanity.

UU Service
“Jennifer Butz: Woman of the World”
Jennifer Butz
Sun, May 20, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15

Many San Miguelenses first met Jennifer when she co-owned The Bagel Café with her dad, Roy. Before and after that, she has worked in more than 30 nations and traveled to an additional 35 (and counting). She has been to all seven continents and thinks of many of them as her second home.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan Jennifer has been active in international programs since her teens. A lifelong Unitarian Universalist, she says commitment to social justice and action is in her DNA. The family’s dinner mantra was “broaden your horizons.” Jennifer got her start in international programs at age 16 in a sister-city exchange between Ann Arbor and Tübingen, Germany. After that summer, she decided that she would live an international life. She says her father was not at all surprised that she took broadening her horizons to heart. When she called him in 1994 to say, “Dad, I’m moving to Mongolia!” his reply was: “Well, of course you are!”

Jennifer has led, designed, and worked on development projects focused on strengthening civil society; building constructive relationships among local governments and citizens; encouraging national policy makers and administrations to design, pass, and adopt green growth policies; and promoting rural and local economic development by supporting vulnerable groups, entrepreneurs, and micro and small businesses.

Along the way, she has learned five languages, was once made an “honorary man” to interview elders of a Meskhetian Turkish community, led a group of Americans out of China after Democracy Spring collapsed into widespread violence, logged many thousands of kilometers across Mongolia, and once managed to get all seven continents registered in one passport.

During her remarks, Jennifer will offer insights on what she’s learned and what she hopes to still learn in her colorful and well-traveled life.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at epgoodwin@hotmail.com. The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsama.org.


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