For some people, the idea of building a wall between Mexico and the United States can be new. Not for the Reverend Dan González-Ortega, President of the Theological Community in Mexico. In an interview with Global Ministries, Reverend González-Ortega expressed his concerns and the challenges of rhetoric and executive actions regarding immigration.Read more
On my first morning in the bunk room at the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research (INESIN), the organization I will be working with in the city San Cristobal de las Casas, state of Chiapas, México, a familiar buzzing sound greets me on my way to the bathroom. I veer off course, hunting through the flowers, my eyes flicking back and forth as I know I will only catch a glimpse of the sound-maker. It is there and then in an instant, gone. The sound disappears. A hummingbird has welcomed me to the city and to this new life.Read more
“Y dio a luz a su hijo primogénito, y lo envolvió en pañales, y lo acostó en un pesebre, porque no había lugar para ellos en el mesón. Y dio a luz a su hijo primogénito, y lo envolvió en pañales, y lo acostó en un pesebre, porque no había lugar para ellos en el mesón.” Lucas 2:7
María estaba montada en un asno y José estaba caminando a su lado mientras viajaban por el muro fronterizo de Nogales en busca de refugio durante la Posada del Inmigrante. La posadas recreaba el viaje de hace 2000 años cuando a María y a José les fuera negado alojamiento en varias estaciones a lo largo del camino y son finalmente bienvenidos en un lugar al final de la procesión. Una lluvia fría estaba cayendo este día, pero por un breve momento, el sol salió y apareció un arco iris.
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 3:1-12
Prayers for Mexico:
Spirit of God, thank you for your love that includes the people in Mexico. Thank you for churches like the Christian Church Disciples of Christ and Iglesia Discipulos de Cristo de Mexico who work together to spread the news of your radical inclusive love. Spirit of God you move in us and through us and we are grateful. Your love changes things; it continues to change hearts and lives. Thank you for people, who are home and yet believe supporting the work of accompaniment is important. Thank you for love that is inclusive.Read more
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:7
Mary was riding on a burro and Joseph was walking beside her as they traveled by the Nogales border wall in search of shelter during the Migrant Posada. Posadas recreate the journey from 2,000 years ago as Mary and Joseph are refused lodging at various stations along the way and are finally welcomed in at the end of the procession. A cold rain was falling this day, but for a brief moment, the sun came out and a rainbow appeared.
Hundreds of people gathered on both sides of the border wall that separates Nogales, Sonora from Nogales, Arizona on October 8 and 9. The convergence was organized by SOA Watch to protest the militarization of the border that is causing so much suffering and death for our migrant sisters and brothers.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 13:10-17
Prayers for Mexico:
May we have the wisdom to listen to the words of your son Jesus and the courage to put his teaching into practice.
Sabbath is the time to rest and give thanks for the beauty and wonder of your creation. Today, the earth and all its inhabitants are suffering from social inequality and environment devastation. May we honor the sacredness of the Sabbath by nurturing our spirits so that we have the strength and wisdom to take effective and compassionate action to heal your precious gift of life on earth.
Jesus went up the mountain and was transformed by your light. He later healed one of your daughters on the Sabbath and showed by his action that he had been anointed by you to bring good news to the poor and let the oppressed go free.
May we celebrate the Sabbath by following Jesus up the mountain to be transformed by your love and light; and to take actions of healing so that all your daughters and sons, wherever they are on your earth, may enjoy the fullness of life.
Roots in the Ruins is a program of spiritual accompaniment, which nourishes hope, resilience, and transformation in the midst of situations of trauma, conflict, and environmental degradation. Since its inception, which took place out of the Pentecostal Church of Chile, individuals from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, and Puerto Rico have participated in the Roots in the Ruins trainings, and continue to use these trainings in their respective communities.Read more
By: Angel Rivera, Executive, Office of Latin America & the Carribean
Drowning in between papers and reports, Pastor Héctor Velázquez asked for a coffee break in the middle of the Board of Directors´ Meeting at Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries (SGSM), in Los Fresnos, Texas. As I turned off my computer and looked for some coffee, there were these brown skinned families rushing into the room, accompanied by Feliberto Pereira, SGSM´s Executive Director. With their eyes looking down, probably lost in some recent memory of their ordeals, the families stood against a wall in the room waiting for us to finish our break. The directors greeted the families, talking to them in a heavily-Anglo-accented Spanish, as the meeting was losing all formalities and agendas; to put in the center what I thought was the most important part of this challenging ministry – the people seeking refuge.Read more
The movement to close the School of the Americas (SOA) training center for Latin American soldiers has held an annual vigil in front of the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia for 25 years. This year, the convergence will be moved here to the Nogales Wall as an expression of resistance to the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. The four-day event will conclude on October 10 – the fourth anniversary of the murder of 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodriguez by a Border Patrol agent that fired into Nogales, Sonora from Nogales, Arizona on October 10, 2012.Read more