The Latin America and Caribbean Office of Global Ministries, a common witness of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and the United Church of Christ in the United States call our Partner churches, ecumenical organizations and brothers and sisters around the world to pray for Mexico, in the midst of the scourge of Hurricane Patricia into the southwest coast and near provinces as well as in the rest of the country. With our prayer, share our solidarity and convincement that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV).Read more
This article originally appeared on cipamericas.org
The report of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) charged with investigating the assassinations of six people and the forced disappearance of 43 students of the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in Ayotzinapa concludes that the version of events presented by the Mexican government is false.Read more
The Theological Community of Mexico (“TCM”) was founded in 1964 as a consortium of seminaries from different Christian traditions that share their academic and ministerial resources. Today five theological seminaries from Mexican Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian denominations, and one Mexican non-profit organization make up the Theological Community of Mexico.Read more
The Theological Community of Mexico (TCM) was founded in 1964 as a consortium of seminaries from different Christian traditions that share their academic and ministerial resources. Today five Mexican seminaries and one non-profit organization participate in the Theological Community of Mexico: the Augsburg Lutheran Seminary of the Lutheran Church in Mexico; the Baptist Seminary of Mexico of the Baptist Church in Mexico; the Saint Andrew Seminary of the Anglican Church in Mexico; the Dr. Gonzalo Báez Camargo Methodist Seminary of the Methodist Church in Mexico; the Latin American School of Reformed Theology of the Presbyterian Church in Mexico; and the non-profit organization, the Mexican Association for Rural and Urban Transformation.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 6:14-29
Prayers for Mexico:
Dear God; Spirit of Love, Compassion and Justice:
Your servant John the Baptist was killed for speaking truth to those in power. The guests at Herod’s birthday party were complicit in his killing because of their silence. Perhaps they didn’t want to disturb the festive mood of the banquet or risk being viewed as siding with the less powerful.
Your migrant son Jesus had been baptized by John and suffered the same fate for challenging the powerful. No one spoke out for your son, the disciples deserted him, and Peter denied him.
Give us the courage to express your spirit of love and compassion by choosing to be on the side of the less powerful and speaking out against injustice. Let us remember our migrant sisters and brothers that are fleeing from poverty and violence. May we work for policies that welcome them into our country instead of subjecting them to death in the desert or imprisonment for the crime of seeking to provide for their families.
Let us use the gifts of discernment and wisdom to look clearly at any situation and act as best we can to honor your spirit of love and justice.
For many years, the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research (INESIN) has continuously worked with many rural, indigenous communities in the central Chiapas region to support food sovereignty and holistic health. They do this in response to the scarcity of resources to meet basic alimentation needs in rural, indigenous communities. They encourage the development of organic vegetable gardens for home consumption as well as the cultivation of medicinal plants to contribute to the overall health of the rural indigenous family.Read more
Prayers for Mexico:
Loving Creator, on this day we come before you with joyful praise for we acknowledge you as the Source of our being. From you comes everything we need. Your loving care is reflected from shining seas to landscapes in a thousand places.
We are humbled and gratified that you call us into your loving presence. We are your flock; people who are grateful for what you provide us and for your voice. You speak to us, yet we do not always listen. You show us the path to take, yet we do not always follow.
Help us, Good Shepherd, to love one another and to celebrate our differences in race, nationality, gender. Help us to love one another that we may be one in our shared love for you. We pray this in the name of the one who taught us to love and to pray, Amen
I saw heavy machinery up ahead as I parked on the ridge road a few miles north of the border with Mexico. When I got out of the car, I could see a tower in the east and another one in the north. None of that had been there the last time I was on that ridge just three months ago and I was curious to get a closer look when I returned from the hike.Read more