Category Archives: North to South

Youth, religion and the impromptu: Our visit to Potrerillos

Seven delegates from Decorah, Iowa visited Potrerillos, El Salvador from July 7-17, 2017.  Rev. John Caldwell, of First United Methodist Church of Decorah, reflects on their experiences below. I suppose that most delegations have a theme or two that seem … Continue reading

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Who isn’t our neighbor?

Seven delegates from Danville Congregational Church visited their partner community San Antonio in April 2017.    After the delegates returned, the church held a Sister Parish-themed service  to share the experience and the relationship with the wider church.  Reverend Eric … Continue reading

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Learning the art of resistance

Feb 8, 2017 by Rita Nohner Our final few hours in Tierra Nueva were spent in retreat with the SP Committee with a picnic lunch prepared by the women of TNI afterward. There were lots of tears as we said … Continue reading

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We came like Paul

Español by Karin Grosscup Delegate from St. Joan of Arc visiting Tierra Nueva II in 2017.  Read more delegate reflections and see photos of the delegation.  Readings referenced below are from February 5, 2017:  1 Corinthians 2:1-5 and Matthew 5:13-16. … Continue reading

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Loving encounters

by Nancy Wiens I, along with seven fellow travelers, recently participated in the Open Delegation to Guatemala and El Salvador. It was a joyful and educational trip that exposed me to people and experiences that would not have been open … Continue reading

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Open to the living spirit – 2016 as the Year of Encounter

by Tom Pouliot Nancy Wiens, the chair of the board of Sister Parish, brought a meditation to our fall board meeting in 2015.  In the meditation she offered the following quote from Pope Francis: “When God comes, he always calls … Continue reading

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Opening minds, transforming hearts

Originally published in the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi bulletin. As part of our “Summer of Mission and Mercy,” five parishioners took time out of their summer last month to journey to Guatemala to bring good tidings to … Continue reading

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People of Hope visits for the first time – An interview with ACOMUJERZA

Español People Hope and ACOMUJERZA are the newest Sister Parish relationship.  We recently talked to two members of ACOMUJERZA about the first visit. My name is Ana Morales and I have been with ACOMUJERZA for 10 years and I have … Continue reading

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North to South

by Bruce Lohmann I chose to write about our experience though a poem. The best poems for me using have parts that are clear and parts I do not easily understand.  Poems make me struggle to get the meaning, or … Continue reading

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Wallingford United Methodist Church visits Guarjila

by Bruce Sherman, for the Wallingford United Methodist Church publication, the Wellwisher When a group travels from Seattle to Guarjila, El Salvador, or comes from Guarjila to Seattle, we call it a delegation. Most of the delegations are from North … Continue reading

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