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
Lectionary Selection: John 3:1-17
Prayers for Mexico:
God of the Past, the Present and the Future,
We thank you for the new life you give us in your Son Jesus, through whom we can participate in your kingdom. Thank you for Jesus, our light and bearer of a new creation.
We affirm our faith in the missionary God, who so loved the world that he gave his Son to save us. In the midst of so much pain and suffering, we affirm that Jesus, the son of God, accompanies us on our pilgrimage.
We testify to the arrival of the kingdom of God as a new time (kairos). Full and lasting life takes place here and now in the midst of the communities where we serve.
We receive your love as an expression of salvation, as an act of a God who offers with generosity. Your love without limits is for everyone without discrimination, exclusion or marginalization.
We celebrate the incarnation of God in Jesus. With the sending of his Son, God confronts the powers of darkness and death, and offers us a full and abundant life.
We work in Mexico to live out the values of your kingdom. Grant us the strength to live into a new time of health and well-being for all, especially for those who suffer from poverty, exploitation and violence.
We pray that your Spirit may descend upon your church and cause us to be born to a new life in Christ. Come, Holy Spirit and unite us as sisters and brothers in favor of life, justice and peace! In Christ our Lord. Amen.Read more
Durante el segundo semestre académico del 2017 (julio-diciembre) la Comunidad Teológica de México (CTdeM) ofreció a sus estudiantes el curso Taller de lectura e interpretación bíblica, con la participación de 20 líderes y lideresas de diversas iglesias. El curso se desarrolló como parte de los programas de Diplomado en Biblia y Licenciatura en Teología. Los estudiantes llegaron de los distintos Seminarios que conforman la CTdeM, compartiendo sus experiencias y riquezas confesionales.Read more
One of my favorite things about traveling to new places is trying all the food, and Mexico is no exception. Food is such a large part of every culture; it creates community, strengthens relationships, and, more often than not, shows recipes and techniques that have been passed down for generations. What we eat shows what is in season, the things that can and cannot be grown in an area, as well as changes in traditions that have happened slowly over time.Read more
Dear Friends and Family:
Retoños en las ruinas: esperanza en el trauma.... Roots in the ruins: hope in trauma - A spiritual accompaniment program to nourish hope and develop resilience in the midst of conflict and emotional trauma. During the past year, I have continued to facilitate the "Retoños" program alongside the staff from the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research (INESIN) in southern Mexico with participants from Mexico, Chile, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and the United States. In each of the five courses, the experience of storytelling and story-listening is at the core of our time together. We encourage each other in the face of the challenges, changes, and choices shaping our personal lives, communities, and countries. I wrote the following story while thinking about the impact that people who have lived through the devastation of earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods and the uncertainties of political unrest and forced migration have had on their own healing and the healing of others through simple acts of goodness, kindness, and compassion. This story and newsletter are dedicated to the children, women and men who keep fluttering their wings against all odds, sending out whispers of life, hope, dignity, and peace blowing softly, but tenaciously, against the storms of destruction and death.Read more
I want to first share about the Program of Change. 35 women and men have worked together in this program. This program was created to address the harsh reality that addictions are the primary roadblock to maintaining proper drug protocols for HIV medications. The residents of Las Memorias have access to anti-retroviral medication. The problem when living in addiction, the addiction rules and health suffers.Read more