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Stories, Devotionals, Reflections, and Sermons of Welcome

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John 12:12-13 (NRSV): The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.   So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!”

Ministerio de Calle – Presente!

Juan 12:12-13 (DHH): Mucha gente había ido a Jerusalén para la fiesta de la Pascua. Al día siguiente, supieron que Jesús iba a llegar a la ciudad. Entonces cortaron hojas de palmera y salieron a recibirlo, gritando:—¡Hosana! ¡Bendito el que viene en el nombre del Señor, el Rey de Israel!

Is this acceptable in God’s sight?

Psalm 19: 3-4 (MSG) : Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded, But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.

Es esto aceptable ante los ojos de Dios

Salmo 19: 3-4 (DHH): Aunque no se escuchan palabras i se oye voz alguna, su mensaje llega a toda la tierra, hasta el último rincón del mundo.

Offspring Legacy

Genesis 17:6-7 (NIV): When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.”

Legado de Descendencia

Génesis 17:6-7 "Era Abram de edad de noventa y nueve años, cuando le apareció Jehová y le dijo: Yo soy el Dios Todopoderoso; anda delante de mí y sé perfecto. Y estableceré mi pacto entre mí y ti, y tu descendencia después de ti en sus generaciones, por pacto perpetuo, para ser tu Dios, y el de tu descendencia después de ti."

Runway Ready

Mark 9: 9 (NIV): As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Listo para la Pasarelas

Marcos 9:9-10: Mientras bajaban del cerro, Jesús les encargó que no contaran a nadie lo que habían visto, hasta que el Hijo del hombre hubiera resucitado. Por esto guardaron el secreto entre ellos, aunque se preguntaban qué sería eso de resucitar.

Sacred Storytelling: Nuestra Historia es un Huracán

Creating Change 2018

Abstract: The Migration Policy Institute, says that of the 43 million immigrants in the US, 11 million are undocumented (1.9 million were eligible for DACA in 2016).  It is approximated that the deaths at Pulse Nightclub included 93% Latinx people, of which 97% were Puerto Rican. According to NPR, as of 10/5 only 10% of PR had electricity following Hurricane Maria (9/20).  These numbers suggest that many Latinx people and their wider communities are unsure of what happens next. 

Many of us have been attempting to hold our emotions and pains at bay as we continue doing the work of building movements, including getting our loved ones to safety. We who are a connected people, social justice advocators, organizers and creators… some of us have not had an opportunity to grieve or give creative voice to our own pains. Others of us are struggling with the placement of our individual sense of injustice as we continue to do the work… these unhealthy practices are not beneficial to movement building. 

As we gear up for the aftermath of Maria many of us are preparing for a mass exodus of migrants from PR. These US Citizens will arrive, in many ways, similar to immigrants from Latin America (with limited economic resources, in need of mental health care, and some with only the clothes on their backs).  The questions that are most often heard at times like this are: “Is there a god?” “Where was God?” “Where was god?”

How might we care for ourselves as we prepare for the next new influx of need within our community?

This workshop is a BOLD SPACE where we share stories from our narratives of pain. And, together share resources and best practices. We will offer a list of resources that we have found to be useful.

Jesus’ Authority

Mark 1:21-28 (NRSV) They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God."  But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!"  And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, "What is this? A new teaching--with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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