Guardians of the River


Climate Justice for Theologians




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Visit a grassroots community resisting a gold mine that would destroy their sacred river
Come learn, pray and be inspired to lead your congregation and community toward climate justice!
What organization does this journey visit?

This journey is primarily focused on visiting and learning with the grassroots organization Guardians of the Yaoska, from the area known as Rancho Grande.

The Yaoska River Basin is sacred to the people who have lived and farmed there for many hundreds of years. The health and vitality of this area and its people are now threatened by mountain-top removal mining – but the people have organized to preserve their land and community.

Sustained by their faith and supported by local priests and ministers, the Guardians of the Yaoska have made enormous progress in protecting their land and way of life. Their experience and wisdom can sustain our own efforts against extraction: we learn how to be in solidarity with their struggle, and how to lead more sustainable lives on our fragile planet.

What are the upcoming journeys to Nicaragua for religious leaders?

Dates will be posted soon, but we expect to run a program in October or November of 2017.

What does this journey cost?

Cost: $850, need-based financial aid is available. All costs are included except travel to Managua.

Note: If possible, UUCSJ will attempt to secure additional travel grants for seminary students from denominational and seminary institutions.
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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at and 617-301-4303