Sometimes I really miss the United States. Despite my objections to many political or social issues, ultimately, it’s the place where I grew up. There’s a sense of familiarity and home to the United States. When we went on the Border retreat, I felt it almost immediately upon arriving in the US. However, after being … Continue reading Binationalism, Beauty, & The Blueberry Cafe
During my retreat to the Border with my country cohort, we only crossed the Border on foot twice, once in each direction. On our way from Mexico into the United States, I watched my country coordinator walk ahead of me, show the Border Patrol Agent her passport, answer a question (maybe two?) and get waved … Continue reading What Are You Bringing?
Many of us are pretty familiar with the story in the 6th chapter of the Gospel of Mark when Jesus feeds the 5000 (read here). Jesus uses 5 loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5000 people and then, on top of that miracle, there’s enough food left to fill up 12 baskets. As … Continue reading Working Towards Miracles
I didn’t have a restful night of sleep and I walk into work hoping it might be an easy day—folding toilet paper, cutting vegetables, speaking Spanish with someone who has the patience to talk slowly and clearly. I ring the bell and wait. A volunteer opens the slider on the door, verifies it’s me, and … Continue reading Sometimes, there’s darkness.
The first time I can remember being introduced to the idea of a radical Christianity was at the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering during Thursday night in the Superdome when Shane Claiborne gave a sermon. I’m linking it here (it’s only 30 minutes) so that you can watch it and be amazed by his beautiful illustrations … Continue reading I Can’t Keep Quiet
Do not worry, child. Breathe deeply now. The Living Spirit is within you; she fears not the wild. I, who can calm a storm, can give you rest. You are not alone here. Look to my face And do not hide your eyes, my dear. For I am standing before you with open arms. … Continue reading It is Time to Rest
As one of my favorite holidays rapidly approaches, I’m hit with frequent reminders that this year will be different than my most recent years. I won’t go to Thanksgiving dinner at my professor’s house with my peers; instead, I will go to a Thanksgiving retreat at the cabins at La Malinche with my fellow YAGMs. … Continue reading The Intersection of Homesick and Grateful
(Photo above came from NBC News) On October 19, 2018, a group of approximately 3,000 Central American migrants arrived at the Mexico-Guatemalan border in a large caravan with the intent of crossing the border into Mexico and heading north to the United States. (Read more about this story here). Many broke through the border fencing … Continue reading Let God’s People Go
"Passover Remembered" by Alla Renée Bozarth-Campbell Pack nothing. Bring only your determination to serve and your willingness to be free. Don't wait for the bread to rise. Take nourishment for the journey, but eat standing, be ready to move at a moment's notice. Do not hesitate to leave your old ways behind — fear, silence, submission. … Continue reading A Blog About Remembering
“You sound like you’re doing really well.” I get this comment a lot when I talk to people about what life is like in Mexico and how I’m doing with a new family and new job, which is odd because I don’t sugarcoat anything in these conversations. I’m quite honest about the fact that I … Continue reading I’m Doing Well