2019 Open Delegation

Are you new to Sister Parish and interested in visiting Central America in a meaningful way?  Would you like to learn more about the Sister Parish model for your faith community or university? Do you want to learn more about the root causes of migration from Central America?  Are you a member of Sister Parish who is unable to travel with a church delegation, but would like to strengthen your personal connections?

We invite you to join our open delegation to Guatemala and El Salvador November 15-24, 2019.

During the delegation, we will gather with representatives from all southern Sister Parish communities.  We will make personal connections, grow in our faith, and learn from our partners in the south about the current reality in Central America. We will also visit sites of historical significance in both countries and meet with human rights leaders in Guatemala and El Salvador.

What: Sister Parish Delegation to Guatemala and El Salvador
Who: This delegation is open to the general public.  All are welcome.
When: November 15-24, 2019
Cost: $1,175-$1,275 (depending on the number of delegates), plus airfare

Contact David Ericson for more information.  You can fill out the online application anytime.  We would like to confirm all delegates by May 15.  Please contact us about travel scholarships if costs are prohibitive.

What is an open delegation like?
Read more from participants from our 2016 Open Delegation:

If you have been on a Sister Parish delegation at some time then you probably know the feelings of love, joy, pain and hope that were in this encounter.  Many things will stay in my heart as long as I live. I will hold within me the joys and pains discussed late into the night… I will relive the moments of walking through Guatemala and El Salvador with people I had never met but now call beloved friends.
Tom Pouliot, Open to the living spirit.

“Our hosts were kind and welcoming…they did meals, they did community tours, and shared their time and lives with us… In the end, it is the love, respect and solidarity we share that affirms dignity, lifts us up and gives us hope for justice and peace.” – Nancy Wiens

“The delegation had a great flow and a great mix of activities…It was great to compare communities in the U.S., Guatemala and El Salvador.” – Luis Cuyun

Delegation highlights included, “Digging deeper, learning more and having adventures that I never would have experienced as a tourist traveling on my own through Central America.” – Nancy Wiens