In the Eye of the Hurricane: A Virtual Pilgrimage to Puerto Rico
Join AMANESER 2025 and Global Ministries in a Virtual Pilgrimage to Puerto Rico! This virtual pilgrimage will explore the effects of climate change in this Caribbean island through the lens of Hurricane María, a hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico in 2017. Participants will learn about how colonialism and racism play important roles in the current socio-political situation of the island, further aggravating disaster response and recovery efforts. Through a series of sessions of pre-recorded materials and live interactions and discussions, participants will immerse themselves in the work, witness, and hope of AMANESER 2025 and other partner organizations in Puerto Rico and discover opportunities for further engagement and support.
The first 20 spaces offered at no cost have been filled.
Cost $25.00 per person
100% of the cost will go to AMANESER 2025 for the production of pre-recorded materials, visits to various communities, translation services, and support of sustainable community development projects.
Click here for online payment. Please write “Virtual Pilgrimage to Puerto Rico” in the designation box.
Orientation Session – July 21, 2021 7:30PM – 9:30PM EDT
Participants will be introduced to the socio-political context and partner organizations in the island and prepared for the virtual pilgrimage.
First Pilgrimage Session – July 26, 2021 6:00PM – 8:00PM EDT
Context of Puerto Rico:
Colonialism and Inequality
Debt, Financial Bankruptcy, and Colonial Control
Colonialism and Christianity
Debriefing Session – July 27, 2021 7:30PM – 8:30PM EDT
Second Pilgrimage Session – July 28, 2021 4:00PM – 6:00PM EDT
In the Eye of the Hurricane:
Hurricane María – The Great Teacher
Testimonials on Hurricane María
Third Pilgrimage Session – July 29, 2021 6:00PM – 8:00PM EDT
The Response of AMANESER 2025:
Vision, Mission, and Work
Community Organization and Leadership
Testimonials from the Communities
Debriefing Session – July 30, 2021 7:30PM – 8:30PM EDT
Fourth Pilgrimage Session – August 2, 2021 4:00PM – 6:00PM EDT
Racism and Colonialism:
Impoverished and Black in a Colony
Cultural Affirmation as Resistance
Hope for the Future
Final Debriefing/Evaluation Session – August 3, 2021 7:30PM – 9:00PM EDT
Why a virtual pilgrimage?
“The virtual pilgrimage made rich connections to the sacred and active presence of God’s spirit in unexpected ways. [Distanced] sharing of bread and wine at God’s table was a powerful statement to the connections being made and the oneness of God’s people in ways unanticipated. Anywhere can become a place for an encounter with the Holy.” – Ed Evans, former virtual pilgrimage participant
Contact Lorna B. Hernandez at email@example.com for questions.
Meeting links and resources will be shared with participants once registered.
This virtual pilgrimage is a collaborative effort between AMANESER 2025, the Latin America and the Caribbean Office, and the People-to-People Pilgrimage Program.