April 30, 2011
-- Queen Esther‘s traditional name is “Manye,” which means “mother of the town.” She is Deputy Paramount of the Queen Mothers Association of her region, a group of women who come together to empower each other and children. The Queen Mothers come to this position through heredity or through being an outstanding natural leader to whom everyone comes for help. The Queen Mothers Association is in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist United Nations office (UU-UNO) to support and implement “Every Child is Our Child,” which cares for children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS and gives them an opportunity to attend school. The program is based on the finding that one of the most effective ways to fight poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDS is to increase access to education especially for girls and to give the local community ownership of issues and solutions. Queen Esther is coming to the United States to be honored for her work in the “Every Child is Our Child” program at a reception at the United Nations Church Center on April 29. She will also be a panelist at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office intergenerational spring seminar April 28-30 on “Empower Women for a Better World.” The Lincroft talk is endowed by the late Dr. Myra Zinke,, who left a bequest to the UU Congregation of Monmouth County for an annual speaker on women’s issues. The talk on May 5 is free and open to the public and would be informative for high school students as well as adults.
Further information is available at http://www.uu-uno.org
what-we-do/ecoc, as well as on the Unitarian Universalists of Monmouth County website, http://www.uucmc.org
The UU-UNO promotes the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County is part of a national association of Unitarian Universalist Congregations, a covenantal religion with Judeo-Christian roots and sources from the wisdom of all religions, humanism, and ethical thought according to freedom of conscience and inquiry.
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The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County NJ (UUCMC) is located in Lincroft NJ and serves the Mounmouth and Ocean County community. Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion that encourages each person to articulate their own faith and to listen deeply to what calls them to life. (http://www.uucmc.org)