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Celebrating 30 years – Marshmallow challenges, strategic planning and potluck fun

 – by Nancy Wiens, Sister Parish board of directors (May 11, 2018) Marshmallow Challenge, anyone?  Building a structurally-sound tower out of spaghetti, marshmallows and tape was the first order of business during a team-building exercise at the board’s April two-day … Continue reading

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Tierra Nueva I delegation to North Dakota

Tierra Nueva I Delegation to West Fargo, North Dakota – Dec 1-8, 2016 by Peggy Bernard See photo album We welcomed Brian Tyler, Aura Lemus Lorenzana, Aura Esquivel Gomez and Cynthia Trujillo Waight de Rodriguez to West Fargo/Fargo, North Dakota … Continue reading

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Home away from home – Faith Lutheran/Journey in Faith delegation

From June 13-23, 2014, eight delegates from Faith Lutheran/Journey in Faith in North Dakota visited their sister community in Tierra Nueva I.   Delegates reflected on their visit and chose words that best captured how they felt during the delegation experience. … Continue reading

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On Spiritual Richness – Faith Lutheran / Journey in Faith Delegation

Vicki Schmidt participated in a delegation from Faith Lutheran/Journey in Faith to visit their sister community in Tierra Nueva I in June of 2013.  She shares the following reflection. Tierra Nueva Uno (New Land 1), located in Chinautla, Guatemala, is … Continue reading

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Carta de Vicki Schmidt para la celebración del 25 aniversario de Iglesias Hermanas

In English Esta carta de Vicki fue leída por su hija AnnaLisa Nash en la celebración del 25 Aniversario de Iglesias Hermanas en Minneapolis, Minnesota, el 15 de noviembre 2013 ¡Un saludo a todos reunidos en esta ocasión muy especial! … Continue reading

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Letter from Vicki Schmidt for annivesary celebration

En español Read by her daughter AnnaLisa Nash at the Sister Parish 25th Anniversary Celebration in Minneapolis, MN on November 15, 2013 Greetings to all gathered on this very special occasion! My heart is with you as I grieve not being … Continue reading

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Coming Together for Sister Parish 25th Anniversary Celebration

By St. Joan of Arc member and Sister Parish, Inc. Board member Nancy Wiens On the evening of November 15th, over 80 people from around the Midwest gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sister Parish, Inc.  We gathered at … Continue reading

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Hermanamientos de Estados Unidos comparten el pan y construyen solidaridad juntos

In English Hacer nuevos amigos y amigas fue fácil en nuestro encuentro regional de Iglesias Hermanas realizado en San Pablo, Minnesota La vista a su familia y amistades, de la directora ejecutiva de Iglesias Hermanas, Carrie Stengel, fue aprovechada por … Continue reading

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US Sister Parishes Break Bread and Build Solidarity Together

En español Making new friends was easy at a Sister Parish regional potluck held at the Saint Paul home of Nancy Wiens and Rick Nelson on Saturday June 1st.  Executive Director Carrie Stengel was in the Midwest visiting family and friends, so … Continue reading

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It’s a Grandma Thing.

[By Sister Parish founder Vicki Schmidt] There’s no end to possibilities for how I live out my life, but right now what I want to do most is to be a grandma to my four beautiful grandchildren. So when I was challenged during my recent visit to El Salvador and Guatemala to find the best way to work for a justice-filled world, I wrestled within myself how to balance social justice work with being a grandma. Hearing once again the heart-twisting stories about systemic abuse and inept and oppressive governments, and about the long term effects of past civil wars and current gang violence on the daily lives of people, the nagging considerations kept surfacing: “What do I do with all this? I just want to be a grandma.” Continue reading

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