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A simple list of all that these identical twin sisters have done for
Unitarian Universalism, he said, "would overfill our time here," but that he
presented a sample of their support of this faith. Janice Marie Johnson has
served on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee Board of Review, as a trustee of
The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, as a trustee in our UU United Nations
Office, on the Commission on Appraisal, and as president of DRUUMM (Diverse and
Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries). The Rev. Hope
Johnson has served on the UUA Nominating Committee, the Anti-Racism
Anti-Oppression Multicultural Committee of the UU Ministers Association, on the
Family Matters Task Force, as a Jubilee World trainer, and as an adult at-large
member of the YRUU Council. But beyond this, Sinkford said, what he values most
is "the faithfulness with which they both hold the vision of the beloved
community that inspires this community wherever they are present."
Sinkford explained that Nelson Mandela personally gave the word Masakane
to Janice Johnson, which means "let us build together," and that Janice
uses this as salutation and prayer, and as the way in which she lives her life.
Hope's name, he said, is an affirmation of her presence and the gifts she gives
us all. "She is Reverend Hope, and that says it all."
Sinkford also informed the delegates that past recipients have usually been
presented with the gift of an inscribed crystal bowl. But this year, both
sisters asked to forgo these gifts and instead donate the cost of the gifts to
supporting the ongoing transformational work of DRUUMM.
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Last updated on Thursday, September 8, 2011.
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