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June 2014: Pilgrimage of Love

June 1, 2014

June 2014 Bulletin Insert Format

Junio 2014 en español

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 

“Never Mind” A poem
by Dennis Alger

“Never mind,” they say, “about
Persons so distant from you in
Language, geography, and, certainly
Culture (norms and values
Binding groups since the
Beginning).  Too different, too
Remote, too whatever.”
However, the same sun
Rises in the East
(Thankfully; because I’m all
Turned around) and the
Same faith connects our
Spirits and the same
Desire for solidarity for
Community for peace for
Friendship that miles and
Oceans cannot dissipate
But merely anticipate and
Celebrate the possibilities.
Never mind the distance for
Shalom unites nevertheless
And like the grace of
God is “ ‘all you can eat’
Rice” and love without measure.

Dennis Alger participated in an immersion trip to Mindanao, Philippines in June 2013 and has been very involved in partnership with the Philippines.

Global Ministries welcomes churches to consider prayerfully the idea of taking a journey to meet our partners in person. A mission pilgrimage is a transforming experience through which participants share themselves and receive God's love in a new way. Participants take common steps of faith in walking with our partners, sharing their joys, understanding their challenges and experiencing their unique connection to our wider church.

It is through the People-to-People Pilgrimage Program that your local church can connect with our partners and share with them their work and witness.

Through People-to-People pilgrimages you will explore the possibilities that would best match the gifts of your church group. Global Ministries offers to initiate communication with our international partners in coordinating your pilgrimage experience, orientation materials to help your group prepare for the cross-cultural experience, and group networking with other congregations, regions, and conferences that have undertaken similar pilgrimages.

In mutuality, we walk humbly toward the future of God's work by walking together sharing our lives, hopes, struggles and faith.

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