UU Just Journey Goes To Chiapas

“The situation of the indigenous peoples varies across the continent
but has many points of contact with the Chiapas situation. . . . In
Chiapas, there are not only great social inequities but extreme
poverty, harsh political repression against the people, and no system
of justice whatsoever.”
—Samuel Ruiz, May 10, 1998

Join UUSC and the Colectivos de Apoyo, Solidaridad y Acción (or CASA)
(Support, Solidarity and Action Collectives) for the Indigenous
Rights and Spirituality JustJourney to Chiapas, Mexico. This
JustJourney is an experiential intercultural seminar that examines
the interplay of human rights issues and the call to ministry in the
context of a world of increasing exclusion, oppression, and inequality.

As a participant in the Indigenous Rights and Spirituality
JustJourney, you will engage in face-to-face dialogue with those on
the forefront of the struggle for human rights, many of whom have
been motivated by their faith. You will immerse yourself in the
current situation faced by indigenous peoples in Chiapas by visiting
autonomous indigenous communities, women’s cooperatives, and
nongovernmental organizations.

In Chiapas, you will meet with human rights defenders and advocates
to discuss the current conflict and human rights. You will also meet
with religious leaders to discuss topics such as ecumenism,
indigenous theologies, and the themes of privilege and solidarity.

Some questions that participants will explore are:

# How does the struggle of the indigenous people in Chiapas inform
our understanding of social, economic, and cultural rights?
# How is the call to uphold and advance peace, liberty, and justice
for everyone informed by this experience?
# What role religion/faith plays in the development of an indigenous
peasant movement and social struggle?
# What does it mean to be “in resistance”?

Theological/spiritual reflection and mentorship are an intrinsic part
of this experience. Participants are expected to share what they have
learned and reflected upon with their congregations, schools, and
communities.

Joining this JustJourney as cofacilitators will be Peter Morales,
senior minister, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, Colo., and Colin
Bossen, cofounder of CASA and minister of the UU Fellowship of
Pottstown, Pa.

Cost: $950 per person for seminarians and $1,150 for ministers and
other participants. This includes lodging and most meals, in-country
transportation, interpreting, programming, pre- and post-trip
orientation materials, and contributions to communities. It does not
include airfare to and from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, or any
incidentals. Participants are responsible for making travel
arrangements to and from Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Application deadline: June 29, 2007. There are some partial need-
based scholarships available for seminarians. Seminarians may be able
to obtain credit for the experience. Limited space is available, and
priority will be given to seminarians and ministers.

For more information, contact Xenia Barahona at justjourneys@uusc.org
or 800-388-3920. You can also visit the UUSC web-site at http:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

love,

Colin

Colin Bossen
Contract Minister
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown
http://www.uupottstown.org
202.276.3579 (cell)

I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky,
I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this
cruelty too will end, that peace and tranquility will return once
more. — Anne Frank

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Fred L Hammond <fredlhammond@yahoo.com>
To: Confidential discussions among UU Ministers Association members <uuma-chat@lists.uua.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 19:05:08 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [UUMA-Chat] UUSC Just Journey to Chiapas, August 2-11
Just
wanted to add an enthusiastic plug for this UUSC delegation to Chiapas.
I participated in the Meadville Lombard class that Colin
co-facilitated to Chiapas a few years ago and it was a wonderful and
moving experience.  With the national discussion on immigration bills,
the timing of this event could not be better.  You will gain insights
regarding this justice issue that will aid in your understanding our
neighbors to the south.

  Colin, thank you for keeping these opportunities to increase our informed understanding and compassion on these issues.

  Blessings,
Fred L Hammond
  Still in between but things are in the works… stay tuned.

Colin Bossen <cbossen@mindspring.com> wrote:
  Dear Colleagues:

I wanted to alert you to an exciting UUSC delegation I am co-
facilitating this summer. Here’s an e-flyer:

“The situation of the indigenous peoples varies across the continent
but has many points of contact with the Chiapas situation. . . . In
Chiapas, there are not only great social inequities but extreme
poverty, harsh political repression against the people, and no system
of justice whatsoever.”
—Samuel Ruiz, May 10, 1998

Join UUSC and the Colectivos de Apoyo, Solidaridad y Acción (or CASA)
(Support, Solidarity and Action Collectives) for the Indigenous
Rights and Spirituality JustJourney to Chiapas, Mexico. This
JustJourney is an experiential intercultural seminar that examines
the interplay of human rights issues and the call to ministry in the
context of a world of increasing exclusion, oppression, and inequality.

As a participant in the Indigenous Rights and Spirituality
JustJourney, you will engage in face-to-face dialogue with those on
the forefront of the struggle for human rights, many of whom have
been motivated by their faith. You will immerse yourself in the
current situation faced by indigenous peoples in Chiapas by visiting
autonomous indigenous communities, women’s cooperatives, and
nongovernmental organizations.

In Chiapas, you will meet with human rights defenders and advocates
to discuss the current conflict and human rights. You will also meet
with religious leaders to discuss topics such as ecumenism,
indigenous theologies, and the themes of privilege and solidarity.

Some questions that participants will explore are:

# How does the struggle of the indigenous people in Chiapas inform
our understanding of social, economic, and cultural rights?
# How is the call to uphold and advance peace, liberty, and justice
for everyone informed by this experience?
# What role religion/faith plays in the development of an indigenous
peasant movement and social struggle?
# What does it mean to be “in resistance”?

Theological/spiritual reflection and mentorship are an intrinsic part
of this experience. Participants are expected to share what they have
learned and reflected upon with their congregations, schools, and
communities.

Joining this JustJourney as cofacilitators will be Peter Morales,
senior minister, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, Colo., and Colin
Bossen, cofounder of CASA and minister of the UU Fellowship of
Pottstown, Pa.

Cost: $950 per person for seminarians and $1,150 for ministers and
other participants. This includes lodging and most meals, in-country
transportation, interpreting, programming, pre- and post-trip
orientation materials, and contributions to communities. It does not
include airfare to and from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, or any
incidentals. Participants are responsible for making travel
arrangements to and from Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Application deadline: June 29, 2007. There are some partial need-
based scholarships available for seminarians. Seminarians may be able
to obtain credit for the experience. Limited space is available, and
priority will be given to seminarians and ministers.

For more information, contact Xenia Barahona at justjourneys@uusc.org
or 800-388-3920. You can also visit the UUSC web-site at http:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

love,

Colin

Colin Bossen
Contract Minister
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown
http://www.uupottstown.org
202.276.3579 (cell)

I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky,
I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this
cruelty too will end, that peace and tranquility will return once
more. — Anne Frank

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