With pungent spice burns the resinous heart wood of the Montezuma pine, "ocote" in Spanish, drawing us round the Mayan altar. We gather, Christians and those who profess no faith, Tseltales, Tzotziles, Europeans, Mexicans, United Statesians, Canadians, and Lebanese, called by the smell, the smoke, the candles, and the flowers into sacred space. We pray for awakening to peace in the midst of the political crisis and government sponsored violence, we pray for courage as the diversity of the environment disappears around us, we pray for justice in communities devastated by migration, alcoholism, drug trafficking. We pray for the people of the United States to have the courage and perseverance, the wisdom and strength to stand in dignity, as the Mayan have stood again and again, over the centuries, bending under oppression, but not breaking, resilient and resistant. With each prayer we turn, East, West, North, South.Read more
Youth and children can learn more about children and teenagers from Mexico and Central America who have made long journeys to come and live in the United States.
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