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UUMFE Newsletter v8n3

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UU Ministry for Earth
NEWSLETTER
Spring 2009Volume 8, Issue 3
Environmental JusticeCollaboration to Star at GA 2009
 
 
www.uuministryforearth.org  
 
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 Toward Joyful Interdependence - Barbara Ford
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Food Justice - Mark WinneGreen and Accessible - Dr. Devorah Greenstein
3
 With Gratitude to Rev. Katherine Jesch
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Earth, Our Deep-Home-Place - Judy Moores
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GA 2009 - UUs Pioneer Green Meetings, Annual Meeting,Mark Winne, Keynote Speaker
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 Transformation, Collective Wisdom & You - N. Smith
5
 A Response - Rev. Laurel Hallman Earth Day Celebration - Mary Ann Dean
INSIDE 
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 You Can Help Write Environmental Justice Guide
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New RE Curriculum - Sounds of Nature
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he Environmental Justice PassportEnvironmental Justice PassportEnvironmental Justice PassportEnvironmental Justice Passport is being introduced at the UUAGeneral Assembly to build understanding and awareness of the interface between justice and Earth ministry. UUMinistry for Earth, the UU Service Committee, the Green Sanctuary Program, and the Office of Advocacy and Wit-ness are collaborating on this innovative program. To participate, attend any of the following not-to-be-missed pro-gramming and earn a stamp in your passport:
1. IIIImpact of Global Economic Crisis on Human Rightmpact of Global Economic Crisis on Human Rightmpact of Global Economic Crisis on Human Rightmpact of Global Economic Crisis on Human Rightssss, Workshop: 2015 Thursday 9:00 -10:15 am, Ballroom FH2. Principles in Mind, Fork in Hand: Ethical Eating Principles in Mind, Fork in Hand: Ethical Eating Principles in Mind, Fork in Hand: Ethical Eating Principles in Mind, Fork in Hand: Ethical Eating, Lecture: 3013, Friday 6:45 -8:00 pm, 255 D3. Global Problems Facing UUsGlobal Problems Facing UUsGlobal Problems Facing UUsGlobal Problems Facing UUs ---- YOU Make the Differenc YOU Make the Differenc YOU Make the Differenc YOU Make the Differenceeee, Workshop: 3025, Friday 6:45 -8:00 pm, Ballroom FH4. Four Keys to a Sustainable FutureFour Keys to a Sustainable FutureFour Keys to a Sustainable FutureFour Keys to a Sustainable Future, Workshop: 4010, Saturday 11:00 am-12:15 pm, 251 E5. Ethical Eating: What are UU Congregations Doing?Ethical Eating: What are UU Congregations Doing?Ethical Eating: What are UU Congregations Doing?Ethical Eating: What are UU Congregations Doing?, Workshop 4032, Saturday 3:30pm-4:45pm, 250 B6. Environmental Work is Justice WorkEnvironmental Work is Justice WorkEnvironmental Work is Justice WorkEnvironmental Work is Justice Work, Workshop 4047, Saturday 3:30 -4:45 pm, 255 F7. Ethical Eating: Talking with Mouths Full of CompassioEthical Eating: Talking with Mouths Full of CompassioEthical Eating: Talking with Mouths Full of CompassioEthical Eating: Talking with Mouths Full of Compassionnnn, Workshop 4061, Saturday 5:15 -6:30 m, 250B8. RE/Social Justice Programs Accelerating “The Great Turning”RE/Social Justice Programs Accelerating “The Great Turning”RE/Social Justice Programs Accelerating “The Great Turning”RE/Social Justice Programs Accelerating “The Great Turning”, Workshop 5015, Sunday 11:00 am-12:15 pm,Ballroom EG9. Closing America’s Food Gap: Sustainable Food for AllClosing America’s Food Gap: Sustainable Food for AllClosing America’s Food Gap: Sustainable Food for AllClosing America’s Food Gap: Sustainable Food for All, Workshop 5020, Sunday 11:00am-12:15pm, 255B
10.
Going Green! Green Sanctuary Program and the UUGoing Green! Green Sanctuary Program and the UUGoing Green! Green Sanctuary Program and the UUGoing Green! Green Sanctuary Program and the UUAAAA,, Workshop 5021, Sunday 11:00am-12:15pm, 253
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additioadditioadditioadditionnnn, Passports will be stamped during GA by declaring any or all of these actions:Purchase carbon offset for GA Walk or bike to the Convention CenterPick up GA Program at GA Use Salt Lake City Public Transit(continued on Page 3)
First Stop — Get Passport & Register for Prizes !
UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE), Booth #831UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE), Booth #831UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE), Booth #831UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE), Booth #831UU Service Committee (UUSC), Booth #718UU Service Committee (UUSC), Booth #718UU Service Committee (UUSC), Booth #718UU Service Committee (UUSC), Booth #718Advocacy & Witness , Booth # 521Advocacy & Witness , Booth # 521Advocacy & Witness , Booth # 521Advocacy & Witness , Booth # 521Congregational Services/Green Sanctuary, (CS), Booth # 43Congregational Services/Green Sanctuary, (CS), Booth # 43Congregational Services/Green Sanctuary, (CS), Booth # 43Congregational Services/Green Sanctuary, (CS), Booth # 431111
Drawings daily for Earth-friendly prizes.
 
 
2 UU Ministry for Earth
Unitarian UniversalistMinistry for Earth
NEWSLETTER
is published three timesper year by 
UU Ministry for Earth1034 SW 13th Ave.Portland, OR 97205.
 The points of view ex-pressed by contributors aretheir own and not necessarily those of UU Ministry forEarth
.Subscriptions are availablethrough membership in theorganization.
 The printed version of this
NEWSLETTER
uses 100% post-consumer content recycledpaper
.
 
ABOUT UUMFE
Unitarian UniversalistMinistry for Earthis a nonprofit organization whose membership envisionsa world in which all peoplemake reverence, gratitude,and care for the
living Earthcentral to their
lives.Unitarian Universalist
Ministry for Earth is a 501(c)3
organization. Contributionsare tax deductible to the fullextent of the law.
UUMFE BOARD
Chair
 Barbara Ford
 Treasurer
 Terry Wiggins
Directors
Irene KeimClaudia KernSteve Maier Ann May Nancy King SmithKaren Urbano
Toward Joyful Interdependence
 
Unitarian Universalist
Ministry for Earth
JJJJ
ust recently I’ve had the great good fortuneto move into an intentional ecovillage community,where values of sustainability, community, and de-mocratic process are the core of our vision. We’veworked together for almost two years, gone throughconflict, rigorous training in consensus decision-making, and the lovely blossoming of friendship, mu-tual support, and a permaculture farm on the property. We are starting to sharemeals, gardening, and cars. The other day, a four- year-old member of the commu-nity (and his dad) came door-to-door, proudly collecting compost for the bins.One of the greatest lessons about being a part of this community is this - incommunity, I don’t have to know it all or do it all. I can contribute my knowledgeand talents, and trust that there are others in the community who will contributetheirs to fulfill the work of creating our vision for our home. I can cook dinner forforty, facilitate meetings, and take care of the bees (admittedly, I am a novice atthis!), and others can manage the garden, do construction, prune the trees, figureout the finances, and set up the system for our work exchange. It’s refreshing toknow that we can choose to live our lives in joyful interdependence.This joyful interdependence is evidenced in our faith more and more by theincreasing collaborations in UU congregations and institutions on issues such asethical eating, water rights, and other environmental justice issues. We, as individu-als, congregations, and organizations, need to find ways to share the concerns,gifts, and talents collectively so that we can come to a place of deeper understand-ing, connectedness, and effective action for advocacy. In this newsletter, you willfind out more about UU Ministry for Earth’s new vision of collaborative work, as wellas new collaborations and concrete examples of creative congregational actions.I want to acknowledge with gratitude the work of Rev. Katherine Jesch,whose vision and efforts have helped to bring us to this exciting part of our faith journey. The board is figuring out how to weather the changes in our programming,but we are excited by the new possibilities for growing our garden of faith and jus-tice. We invite you to consider what part you might want to play in this collectiveendeavor of honoring and healing our Earth home, and join with us in a communityof joyful, creative, and justice-loving interdependence.
For the Earth,
Barbara Ford
UU Ministry for Earth Board Chair
 
from the Board
 This joyful interdependence is evidenced in our faith moreand more by the increasing collaborations in UU congrega-tions and institutions on issues such as ethical eating, waterrights, and other environmental justice issues.
 
 
UU Ministry for Earth 3
Gratitude to Rev. Katherine Jesch
A Decade of Earth Ministry
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his month, UU Ministry for Earth bids farewellto Reverend Katherine Jesch, our Director of Environ-mental Ministry. For the past ten years, she has pro-vided ministry, leadership, and consultation to the or-ganization as we developed from a relatively small UU“interest group” into a respected, influential, and crea-tive affiliate organization of the Unitarian Universalistfaith.Rev. Jesch joined the board of the then-namedSeventh Principle Project in 1999, when she was inseminary at the Starr King School of the Ministry. In2001, she graduated, resigned from the board, andbecame the office manager and program manager forthe newly created Green Sanctuary Program. As Direc-tor of Environmental Ministry, she created the vastlyexpanded third and fourth editions of the Green Sanc-tuary Manual, and provided guidance, consultation,workshops, sermons, and theological leadership to agrowing number of congregations across the country.The Green Sanctuary Manual, in particular, has beencited in interfaith circles as the model of a faith-basedcongregational resource for congregational responseto Earth concerns.Reflecting on her work with UU Ministry forEarth, Rev. Jesch states, “ The Green Sanctuary Pro-gram grew from the dream of a few in 2001 into areally rich understanding of how transformation hap-pens in a congregation. Our choices in programming,consultation, congregational support, and brainstorm-ing have facilitated spiritual transformation in somecongregations and paradigm shifts in how othersapproach the work of Earth justice. I’m proud of how weresponded to our members’needs and supported theirwork.”Rev. Jesch also notes UU Ministry for Earth’sstrength in its ability to work creatively and collaborativelywith the UUA, stating “our care, patience, and clarity of purpose, along with insight into the process of institu-tional change, allowed us to form strong alliances withleadership in the UUA. I am proud of how thoughtfully andquickly we were able to form these alliances. One resultof this work is the transfer of the Green Sanctuary Pro-gram to the care of the UUA, and an ongoing partnershipbetween them and UU Ministry for Earth to serve ourfaith.”She is not sure where her ministry will take hernext. “One lesson I learned, the hard way, is that whenyou approach this work without “boots in the dirt”, or di-rect engagement with nature, there is a tendency forburnout. I plan to spend the next few months on a sab-batical, resting, gardening, spending time in nature, andconsidering how to live out my vision of engaged activismas a minister.”The board of UU Ministry for Earth is grateful forthe wisdom, energy, theological grounding, and institu-tional knowledge brought by Rev. Jesch to the work of UUMinistry for Earth and the Seventh Principle. We wish herthe best on her journey as a minister, and offer our loveand support to her as she heads for new horizons. ♦
Environmental Justice Passport
continued from Page 1
 
Congregation is a Green Sanctuary Candidate – CS booth
Congregation is a Green Sanctuary (accredited) – CS boothPledge to participate with UUMFE in the
International Day of Climate Action,
October 24, sponsored by 350.org Pledge to support the Southern Alternative Agricultural Coop with a domestic pecan promotion activity this fall andget a how-to kit from Equal ExchangeHang up towel to reuse at hotel
Recycle something at the Convention Center
 Refuse the daily paper at your hotel room doorstep
Carpool to Salt Lake city
 Turn out the lights and tv when you left your hotel room
Show refillable/reuseable water bottle – UUSC booth
 Visit UU Service Committee booth
Sign-up for EJ newsletter – at any booth
 Visit UU Ministry for Earth booth Visit Advocacy and Witness/IdBM boothVisit Congregational Services/Green Sanctuary booth. ♦

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