2016 Open Delegation

IMG_2097As a member of the Sister Parish community, I know you are passionate about the lasting relationships that have been formed. But have you had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala and El Salvador and meet directly with the Sister Parish members and communities there?

We invite you to join our open delegation to Guatemala and El Salvador in November 2016.

During the delegation, we will participate in the Southern Encounter, an event that brings together representatives from all southern Sister Parish communities.  We will make personal connections, share stories, and discuss our goals for the Sister Parish community.

IMG_2156We will also visit sites of historical significance in both countries and meet with human rights leaders in Guatemala and El Salvador.

This delegation is open to the general public. Anyone is welcome to apply, including current Sister Parish members, long-time friends of Sister Parish, and those who are interested in learning more about our community.

Please contact David Ericson with any questions.  If costs would be prohibitive, please ask us about potential travel scholarships.  You can fill out the online application form at any time.

Delegations can be powerful experiences.  Read what participants thought about the 2013 open delegation below.

See also – Encountering Christ by Greg Huang-Dale

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IMG_2171I gained a deeper understanding of the way SP staff provide encouragement, friendship and solidarity to our Southern brothers and sisters.  I enjoyed holding hands and making a large circle with SP family members from US, Guatemala and El Salvador.  We danced to music played by the youth of Guarjila, in the yard of the memorial museum dedicated to the priest who was a martyr for their community.  There was so much symbolism of past, present, future and global community in that moment of harmony.  I built lifelong friendships with delegates and their family members.   I experienced the diversity of our SP southern communities, and their sincere concern and care for each other.
Sarah Jerde

I’d say that my best paIMG_2127rt of the experience was to see the long term impact of the relationships developed through Sister Parish accompaniment.  As a founder of the organization, as one who watched the little seeds be planted to develop the mission statement, I was impacted deeply by being in communities that have built a solid infrastructure in the many years since I first visited them, and listening to the stories of faith and endurance amidst such difficult odds, meeting the leaders of the communities, and then sharing all that with the dear people I traveled with.  It was an unforgettable experience for me and I would very much like to go with the next group too.
Vicki Schmidt

I learned a lot..The desire to be more humane, to be better linked in partnership – this makes us conscious that we need tobring together our ideas to create a new world, one in which we can leave the violence behind and share ever farther and wider the reality of our countries.
Eluvia Morales

I learned about the importance of solidarity and of feeling the suffering and needs of other brothers and sisters.  I learned to reflect on the lived moments of every day.  I learned to be more sensitive to the reality.
Marleny Henriquez