Global Ministries mission co-worker in Mexico, Elena Huegel, was the first place literature prize winner for Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding Alumni Storytelling Contest in 2018. Her piece is entitled, “Acompanamiento: The Privilege of Walking Alongside.” She also received second place in the visual arts category for a piece entitled, “Dignity.” Global Ministries extends congratulations to Elena for these well-deserved awards.Read more
Tear gas was fired at families, women and children seeking asylum at the US border this week. This latest act of violent aggression on those legally seeking refuge and asylum is both immoral and illegal. It is just the latest in the fear mongering and escalation of attacks on immigrants and asylum-seeking families.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 13:1-8
Prayers for Mexico:
Mother and Father God,
Today we pray for our brothers and sisters in Mexico as they work towards creating a country where girls can grow up to be who they want to be and do what they want to do. Please bring strength and compassion to the people who are fighting for girls’ rights.
Help us to challenge stereotypes and gender roles in our own communities and walk with those who need a little nudge to make changes. Guide our hands and our words so that we can make this world a better place for the girls of today and the generations of tomorrow.
We ask that you continue to guide our feet in the walk towards equality and justice, and that you open the hearts of the people who do not yet understand the plight of young girls around the world.
Dearest God, we thank you for wisdom and for the courage you have given us.
Talking Points and Resources for Reflection, Advocacy, and Solidarity with the Central American Caravan
Thousands of Central American asylum seekers are gathering in Mexico City before deciding whether to head to the U.S. border as one very large caravan or in smaller groups, asylum seekers and activists reported. News has stated that an estimated 6,000 Central American asylum seekers had gathered by Tuesday afternoon at a sports stadium near Mexico City’s airport that federal and local authorities are using as a shelter. Asylum seekers received medical treatment, food, and legal advice after a 1,000-mile walk for the past 25 days through Honduras, Guatemala and, then, Mexico. Activists and organizations that accompany the asylum seekers said the plan is to stay in Mexico City to wait for thousands more asylum seekers in at least two other caravans to arrive before deciding whether to set out north as a group. If traveling together, that group could top 10,000 people. However, activists cautioned that plans could change at any time.Read more
Traveling from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, asylum seekers are walking north through Mexico. They are fleeing from violence, poverty, and the effects of climate change. The present U.S. administration recently announced the deployment of thousands of additional active-duty troops to the border in order to stop these asylum seekers from entering the United States. This is in violation of domestic and international law. Previous administrations have also activated National Guard troops to support border agents along our southern border during times of increased activity. What’s new in this moment is the concerted effort by this administration to deny the asylum seekers their legal and human right to claim asylum in a safe country.Read more
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