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Building community across borders.

Open Delegation stories shared in Duluth

In mid-March, three delegates from the Sister Parish 2019 Open Delegation traveled to  First Lutheran Church in Duluth to share their experiences from the delegation.  Nancy Wiens told us, “We shared our open delegation experiences, talked about the push/pull factors … Continue reading

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Wallingford and Guarjila celebrate 20-year anniversary

In February, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the relationship between Wallingford United Methodist Church and the community of Guarjila. During our delegation, we joined in festivities for the community’s patron saint, we worshiped, we learned about the history and … Continue reading

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Video from our Open Delegation 2019

Thank you to Memo Lab Productions for this video about our delegation to El Salvador and Guatemala in 2019.  Our delegation focused on fellowship with Sister Parish communities in Central America and also looked about the push-pull factors of migration.

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Prolonged drought in Guatemala

In this video, Sister Parish staff member Brian visits the community of San Andres Itzapa and talks to farmers about how the 2019 drought affected them.  The farmers in the region have now weathered 3 years of unpredictable rainy seasons.  … Continue reading

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Tierra Nueva 1 and 2 celebrate Women’s Day

In Guatemala, about 30 women from the women’s groups from Tierra Nueva 1 and Tierra Nueva 2 participated in a march organized at the municipal level this year for International Women’s Day.  Three women who work in the clinic in … Continue reading

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Join us by serving on the Board of Directors

Dear friends, On behalf of the Sister Parish Board of Directors I want to thank you for your support in 2019. We had an amazing year continuing to develop relationships and cross-cultural understanding between communities in the U.S. and Central … Continue reading

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Open Delegation Stories 7: Learning more about migration

by Cathy Burrell We began our day visiting Antigua, a beautiful colonial city. There we had free time to explore and walk along the cobblestone streets. Some of us explored museums or art galleries. Others looked at jade stores, walked … Continue reading

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Open Delegation Stories 6: Visiting the U.S. Embassy and Tierra Nueva 1,2

by Nancy Wiens This morning we met with Bryce Jordan from the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. His portfolio includes many human rights issues, including migration. He provided an interesting perspective as we learn more about the realities of life here. … Continue reading

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Open Delegation Stories 5: Community development and U.S. foreign aid

by Maria Van Der Maaten On Wednesday morning we met with Nicole Kast (head of programming) and Paul Townsend (country director) of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the Guatemala office. Nicole shared about the structure of CRS and the work … Continue reading

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Open Delegation Stories 4: Visiting Guarjila and Los Ranchos, a day of resilience

by Nancy Wiens Today we toured both Guarjila and San Antonio Los Ranchos. We learned about the challenging history of these communities, which were completely destroyed in the 80’s during the armed conflict — and saw the results of their … Continue reading

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