Missionary Stories

Holy Week in Scicli

The Holy Week procession on Tuesday evening carries a diorama of Christ on the cross through the streets of Scicli.

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Welcoming the Stranger and Loving the Neighbor

The world today is experiencing the highest level of human migration in history. Refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, and migrants are moving throughout the world in larger numbers than ever before – many due to forced migration and others due to choice.

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Samaritans on the Route of the Migrants

The following is a reflection from Dr. Paolo Naso. He is a member of the Waldensian Church, a partner of Global Ministries and director of Mediterranean Hope Refugees and Migrants Program of the Federation of Protestant churches in Italy, also a partner.

Dr. Naso is spending his sabbatical as a mission co-worker in residence, spending time at United Theological Seminary with his wife Angela researching, lecturing, and itinerating around the United States with Disciple and UCC churches and church-related agencies.

The art in this piece is from Francesco Piobbichi, who also works at Mediterranean Hope. He started drawing as anti-stress therapy for his humanitarian work in Lampedusa (Sicily), Lebanon, Morocco and on the ship Open Arms.


 

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Give Back the Song: Choose Another Way Home

Loren1.jpgMathew 2: 1-12

Rev. Loren McGrail
Plymouth Congregational Church UCC Seattle, Washington

January 6, 2019

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A Present Church Standing in an Ongoing Crisis

These past months have been eye-opening months for me in the work I do in Morocco.

But what do I do exactly?

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Advent in Morocco

My first Christmas in Morocco, last year, was quite emotional.

Here’s what I mean by that: I am ministering in a beautiful country, rich in history and culture, which is also a Muslim country which is not celebrating the birth of our Lord, yet acknowledges His ministry as a prophet.  

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Wolverhampton experience

One of my first experiences in the UK was going to a festival a few hours away with my supervisor’s family. We saw a comedian in a giant circus tent, who asked the audience to raise their hand and say where they are from. I shot my hand up, eager to talk about the location of my new home. But upon saying that I am from Chicago and now live in Wolverhampton, the tent erupted with laughter. The comedian continued to joke, questioning why an American would go to Wolverhampton instead of London or, frankly, anywhere else. 

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A Rapidly Changing Landscape

Since 2014, the landscape of Europe has been changing at a rapid pace in regards to refugees and other people on the move. Asylum laws are constantly changing, countries are still overwhelmed with the amount of people moving from one place to another, integration is a struggle, and there are too many moving parts for most people to keep track of.

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A Week of Growth

St. Columba’s Scottish Mission held the annual English Day Camp 2-6 July 2018. This week proved to be a week of much growth in confidence, self-esteem, and friendship.

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What’s On My Mind This Election Year…

Shortly after I arrived in Lebanon in 2016, General Michel Aoun was elected President by the Lebanese Parliament. This following a two-and-a-half-year period with no head-of-state, when the Lebanese government struggled to maintain basic services, such as trash pick-up and electricity services.

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