By: Bruce Van Voorhis Aug 16, 2018
Dear Family and Friends,
I’m writing this annual letter to you at about 30,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific on my way back to the United States for six months to speak in local churches, seminaries, universities, etc., about the work of Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) with the youth of Asia to build and nurture a movement that promotes peace with justice, or just peace, in the region. It’ll be my last journey like this one as I’ll be retiring...Read more...
By: Carmelo Alvarez Aug 13, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 6:51-58
Prayers for Venezuela:
Oh, God our creator and giver of life, we pray for the people and the churches of Venezuela. They are passing through critical times. As they face a serious economic, social, and political situation, we call upon your mercy and kindness to provide a vision of peace and justice, to create a national consensus, and to construct a real process of reconciliation.
We pray...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Aug 06, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 6:35, 41-51
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
The incarnate word of God is bread, bread that is harvested and baked by human hands. We participate in the life of Christ not only at the communion table but when we become the bread of...Read more...
By: Carlos Sediles-Real Jul 30, 2018
Spring at the Theological Community of Mexico.
In February 2018, the different theological education seminars that make up the Theological Community of Mexico (CTdeM) started a new semester. Students, pastors and leaders of different Christian traditions came together for diverse experiences of learning. In every group and course, the passion for a quality theological education is shared and thus grows the proclamation and incarnation of the gospel in the realities lived by the churches and communities in Mexico.Read more...
By: Brigitte Eale Jul 30, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 6:24-35
Prayers for Kenya:
Father, in the Mighty name of Jesus I thank You. I thank You because all power belongs to You. I thank You because You always answer our prayers. I ask for forgiveness on behalf of our land and nation, Kenya. Forgive us, for we have not walked in your ways. Remember your people, Lord, those tossed about, oppressed, and trampled upon by political situations,...Read more...
By: Paul Turner Jul 24, 2018
June 13th was International Albinism Awareness Day. If you didn’t know it, be sure to put it on your calendar next year. To be honest, I wouldn’t have known it had I not walked past Mbandaka City Hall. After noticing the ceremonial set-up, I took a closer look at the banner hanging below the neatly arranged plastic chairs. The banner in French proclaimed “World Albinism Awareness Day, Theme: Accepting Persons with Albinism Because We Are the Same, Our Motto: Solidarity...Read more...
By: Joanines Adorno-Díaz Jul 24, 2018
Human trafficking has been on the rise for the past few years. Unfortunately it has been around for a very long time and shows no sign that it will go away anytime soon. It makes me wonder, if there is more awareness now about trafficking and the different forms it takes…. why is it on the rise? With so much awareness, why does it continue to happen and continue to spread?Read more...
By: Elena Huegel Jul 24, 2018
“At the far end of town where the grickle grass grows and the wind smells slow and sour when it blows, is the land of the lifted Lorax...” I can write from memory these words that open Dr. Seuss´s book The Lorax. I read the story every Friday morning to the children at the School of Environmental Education in Texas for three years, and yet I never tire of the crazy rhymes and the sad story of how the old...Read more...
By: Cindy Moraga-Selva Jul 23, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 6:1-21
Prayers for Mexico:
God Father and Mother,
Thank you for your word that comforts us and encourages us in the middle of the road. Through Jesus Christ, your incarnate word, that identified with our realities and announces the arrival of your kingdom of justice, peace, and truth.
Strengthen us in the presence of your Holy Spirit, divine breath that brings us health and well-being in the midst...Read more...
By: Cindy Moraga-Selva Jul 17, 2018
During the first semester of 2018 we have accompanied groups of leaders of different churches with trainings on creating healthy families. From our Christian witness and missionary work in Mexico, we consider it of the utmost importance to strengthen pastoral work aimed at promoting and guaranteeing the fullness of life of all people. In contexts where different types of violence occur, especially domestic violence, it is necessary to address...Read more...