Lectionary Selection: Mark 1:21-28
Prayers for Mexico:
Father and mother God,
We ask for your guidance in listening to the voices of those who, like Jesus in the temple, speak from their own authority, those who carry the authority of their people, those who may see parts of the world differently than the way we see them. We ask you to open our eyes to the achievements of those who surround us and to teach us to share what we have learned.
We thank you, today and every day, for teaching us what it means to be seekers of the light in the world.
In this dire time of discomfort and discord between the U.S. and Mexico, we ask that you guide our steps and the steps of our leaders towards building relationships and breaking down walls and towards a better understanding of our neighbor country.
In your heavenly name we pray, amen.
Fray Antonio de Valdivieso Ecumenical Center (CEAV), NicaraguaRead more
Kingston, JamaicaRead more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 1:26-38
Prayers for Mexico:
There I was: small, defenseless, alone
without any understanding of the magnitude of the damage.
There You were: powerful, loving, and in a strange, incomprehensible way,
full of compassion.
You saw me, You loved me, years went by... and, today, You keep loving me.
There I was: growing in pain, in sadness, in anger;
clinging to You, to your mercy, to your grace.
There You were: gently tending to me, healing me, restoring me.
I ran away, terrified.
You kept close, chasing me, wrapping me in love.
Me, unknowing. You, knowing all.
Me, without understanding. You giving me purpose.
There I was: with my story...
my trampled dignity, my loneliness, my absurd existence.
There You were: with your story...
your dignity, your company, your true being.
You gave me life, a new story, a dream, a hope, a vision.
You changed my existence, readjusted my world.
Here I am and here you are, present.
I am always yours, and You, You infinite You, oh joy! You will always be mine!
(Prayer by Pastora Noemí Santiago Anzueto, México, 2017)Read more
“And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” - Mark 12:42-44Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 23:33-43
Prayers for Colombia:
Today we pray for the country of Colombia and our partners in mission there. Over the past year they have been actively engaged with the implementation of the peace accords between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas that brought an end to fifty years of war. We pray that their calls for peace and justice may be heard.
We also pray for the ongoing peace negotiations with the ELN guerrillas and for an end to the continued violence that has claimed the lives of dozens of human rights workers and community leaders over the past year. We pray for the safety of our colleagues and for the protection of all Colombians.
At times we all feel like voices crying out in the wilderness. Again this Advent season we long for the cleansing waters of baptism and for winding paths to be made straight. Help us to walk your paths with eager anticipation of the coming kingdom at each turn in the road, from Colombia to the United States and around the world. Amen.Read more
In this newsletter, EPES shares news from the annual EPES Human Rights Forum, which this year focused on immigration in Chile. EPES also celebrated their 35th anniversary and shares an update on the nutrition project.Read more
Written by Connie Larkman
A Global Ministries delegation celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with friends and partners in Cuba, as part of a journey to deepen relationships between churches in the two countries. Eight clergy from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) spent nine days in Cuba from Oct. 25-Nov. 2 meeting with partners, as part of the Caribbean Initiative.Read more
Months ago, the Puerto Rico Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Youth Confraternity (La Confra, acronym in Spanish) initiated a challenge to raise awareness among Christian youth in general about the need to work on prophetic and pastoral issues. Who could have known that a natural disaster would be the perfect setting for this group of excellent young leaders to deepen their commitment to God and neighbor? Hurricane María devastated Puerto Rico on September 20th, 2017 as a Category 4 storm like no other natural phenomenon since 1928. The death toll continues to climb and it destroyed nearly all of Puerto Rico infrastructure, including electric, water and communications services. This is the context where the youth of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico are putting words into practice.Read more
Global Ministries supports peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army
Various places around the world, October 1, 2017
JUAN MANUEL SANTOS CALDERÓN
President of Colombia
NICOLÁS RODRÍGUEZ BAUTISTA
Commander of the National Liberation Army - ELN
“It is the nature of the church to help on issues such as reconciliation, forgiveness and repentance. The churches in Colombia also have the support of the international community and I’m here representing this support from the World Council of Churches.”
-Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, World Council of Churches (WCC)
“For decades Colombia has yearned for peace, but, as Jesus teaches, two sides approaching each other to dialogue is not enough; it has also been necessary to involve many more actors in this dialogue aimed at healing sins. “But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you.” (Mt. 18:16a)