In one of my trauma awareness classes, we watched a now-classic test on perception. It is a video where watchers are asked to count basketballs thrown amongst players dressed in white and black t-shirts. Most people concentrate on counting the moving balls and fail to notice a big, chest-thumping, gorilla walking across the court.Read more
Lists everywhere…lists for packing, our dogs, our house, our cars, lots of goodbyes, and finally our travel arrangements. It all became a blur once we touched down in Guatemala City. Our life went from very hectic to very simple in a matter of a few hours. It has been an adjustment for sure, but even after leaving our precious family, friends, and dogs, we have been able to remain full of gratitude for this amazing opportunity to serve with Global Ministries.Read more
Council of Evangelical Churches for Denominational Alliance (CEPAD)
April 2020 Update
As We Live and Confront this Global Crisis: A Reflection from the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research (INESIN) in Mexico
The God of Life became human to save lives. God becoming human is the fundamental postulate of the Christian religion and the paradigm of intervention from faith. We can sum it up with the word “incarnation.” This means to share in each other’s skin, to live each other’s lives, to understand their reality and then, and only then, begin the search from there, the path to an exit.Read more
“We must take extreme measures to respond to this crisis. But the lesson from our sacred traditions is that these measures, where they align with the basic demands of justice, cannot be temporary. Plague in the Bible is not a storm weathered before a return to normalcy. It’s a call to come together in new ways in order to survive, hold the powerful responsible for their unjust policies and the lies they’ve told to cover up injustice, and rebuild on foundations of love and justice.”
Rev. Dr.Liz Theoharis, Sojournors
March 18, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 26:14-27
Prayers for the Dominican Republic:
Dear Heavenly Creator,
As we approach the joyous occasion of celebrating your son and our living savior's resurrection let us not forget the evening in the upper room when Jesus gathered to break bread with his disciples. Be with us in every breaking of bread as you were with Jesus and the 12 disciples all those years ago. God, as we approach a time of celebration we also cry out to you in pain at injustice. Just as Jesus was betrayed, so we too have been betrayed by those we trusted. Help us to be more like you, and learn to love with a forgiving heart. Be with those who have been exploited, hurt, and forgotten. Be with the children working when their peers are in school learning. Be with the migrant children struggling to adapt to a new land and a new tongue. Be with the young mothers and wives, wrap them in your loving embrace. Be with the girls growing up in a world that belittles them for not being born a son. Be with the boys who feel pain in their hearts and have been taught not to cry out. Be with the students marching in our streets and plazas to demand fair elections, be present with them through your holy spirit of peace and justice. Remind us that whenever two or more are gathered in a place, so you are there too. Let us break bread together in a spirit of unity, not of distrust and betrayal. Help us to love those who have betrayed us and to seek forgiveness in recognition of our own wrongs. Be with us in celebration. Be with us in pain. Lord, we seek nothing but to live our lives in the light of your covenant and rejoice in your merciful forgiveness.
In your holy child's name.
This article was original written by the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and posted here.
In a historic joint pastoral statement released on March 26, the World Council of Churches, Regional Ecumenical Organizations, and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) affirmed the urgency of standing together to protect life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.Read more
On February 28 2020, Justapaz (Mennonite Center for Justice, Peace and Nonviolent Action) learned of a pamphlet where they were described as immediate military targets by the “Águilas Negras” threatening social leaders, human rights organizations, and entities committed to peace including Justapaz. While this is not the first time that Justapaz has been threatened in this way this threat is much more specific- even threatening to target families and children at schools.Read more
A British-operated cruise ship that was stranded in the Caribbean when people aboard became sick with coronavirus has finally docked in Cuba after a fraught search for a port that would accept it.
The MS Braemar arrived in Mariel, west of Havana, early on March 18th, with passengers expected to be transferred to airplanes for transport home to the UK on the same day.Read more