Lectionary Selection:Mark 10:35-45
Prayers for Mexico:
On this World Communion Sunday, oh God of love and mercy, may we open our hearts, not only, to the reality of your love for us as individuals beloved, but also, to your call to serve. As we come to your table to share this meal of bread and cup; open our hearts, our minds, our arms to the life-giving ritual where everyone in welcome.
Oh God of mercy and grace, open our eyes to the reality of service in your name is valuable even necessary as we seek to follow the teachings of Jesus.
Oh God of Grace and wonder open paths before us, paths that lead us to see the value and dignity in those we serve more than seeking to be recognized for the service we offer.
Oh God of wonder and mystery, touch our hearts anew with the spiritual truth that, as we celebrate this World Communion Sunday, not only, do we share in communion meals around the world, but also, with the saints of old. May it be so, Amen.Read more
Indigenous Peoples' Day, 2018
A few months ago, those of us in the area of Theology and Spirituality of the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research here in Chiapas were discussing the vision with which we live our individual and collective lives. jPetul (Peter in the Tseltal Mayan language) explained the Mayan concept of "lekil kuxlejal," which means to be well and at peace with oneself, one's family and community and with mother earth. To have "lekil kuxlejal" one must have a heart that has been healed and strengthened. Our work at the Institute is to provide a safe space to explore how "lekil kuxlejal" looks today with all the social, cultural, political, and religious challenges the people of Chiapas, including the Mayan people, face today.Read more
During a recent Retoños en las ruinas: esperanza en el trauma (Roots in the ruins: hope in trauma) course with the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ and Congregational churches of México, I asked the participants to write about a healing ritual in their congregations. A participant wrote the following:Read more
One year ago, on the night of September 7, 2017, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake roughly roused us from our slumbers and sent us running for the streets, patios, stairs, and open spaces. The earthquake left many communities in rubble and left all of us waking in the middle of the night fearing another aftershock.Read more
The International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) works for peace in Mexico. SIPAZ plays a role in preventing socio-political violence in the communities of the Mexican state of Chiapas, as well as the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, in southern Mexico. SIPAZ operates from a perspective of non-violence that stresses the construction of a positive peace in these states.Read more
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
“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 Oncler, because of his unabated greed, brought destruction to the land of the Truffula trees. As the story progresses, the Lorax tries to warn the Oncler, to no avail, of how his production of Thneeds is contaminating the air, soil, and water. Finally, the last Truffula tree is cut and the whole web of life is unraveled. Nothing can live in the wasteland left behind. As I see the story of the Oncler repeated over and over again throughout Chiapas, southern México, I wonder if we will heed the warnings before it is too late.Read more
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 of pain and suffering. Let your light shine on our footsteps and your warmth light up our love.
We implore your piety, oh good Lord, for those who suffer because of illness, hunger and injustice. May your ears be inclined to the cry of the oppressed, may your eyes see the pain of those who suffer and hurry, oh good Lord, your salvation.
Hug us with your love and bless us in your mercy. The example of Jesus and the strength of your Spirit sustain our witness and service in the midst of your people. Thank you for giving us the privilege of humbly announcing the good news of the arrival of your kingdom. Amen.Read more
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 the issues related to families from a biblical, pastoral and social perspective.Read more
It is a spotless home, just a few knickknacks, carefully placed on sparse but welcoming furniture, a soft breeze wafts through the cheery red curtains; the quiet abode of a fifty year old Puerto Rican woman who lives alone.Read more