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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.


La autoridad de Jesús

Marcos 1:21-28 (NVI) Entraron en Capernaúm y, tan pronto como llegó el sábado, Jesús fue a la sinagoga y se puso a enseñar. La gente se asombraba de su enseñanza, porque la impartía como quien tiene autoridad y no como los maestros de la ley.  De repente, en la sinagoga, un hombre que estaba poseído por un espíritu maligno gritó:

―¿Por qué te entrometes, Jesús de Nazaret? ¿Has venido a destruirnos? Yo sé quién eres tú: ¡el Santo de Dios!

―¡Cállate! —lo reprendió Jesús—. ¡Sal de ese hombre!

 Entonces el espíritu maligno sacudió al hombre violentamente y salió de él dando un alarido.  Todos se quedaron tan asustados que se preguntaban unos a otros: «¿Qué es esto? ¡Una enseñanza nueva, pues lo hace con autoridad! Les da órdenes incluso a los espíritus malignos, y le obedecen».  Como resultado, su fama se extendió rápidamente por toda la región de Galilea.


God Does NOT Discriminate

John 1:45-51 (NIV)

45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth,the son of Joseph.”

46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”


Dios NO Discrimina

Juan 1:45-51  Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

45 Felipe buscó a Natanael y le dijo:

―Hemos encontrado a Jesús de Nazaret, el hijo de José, aquel de quien escribió Moisés en la ley, y de quien escribieron los profetas.

46 ―¡De Nazaret! —replicó Natanael—. ¿Acaso de allí puede salir algo bueno?

―Ven a ver —le contestó Felipe.

47 Cuando Jesús vio que Natanael se le acercaba, comentó:

―Aquí tienen a un verdadero israelita, en quien no hay falsedad.

48 ―¿De dónde me conoces? —le preguntó Natanael.

―Antes de que Felipe te llamara, cuando aún estabas bajo la higuera, ya te había visto.

49 ―Rabí, ¡tú eres el Hijo de Dios! ¡Tú eres el Rey de Israel! —declaró Natanael.

50 ―¿Lo crees porque te dije que te vi cuando estabas debajo de la higuera? ¡Vas a ver aun cosas más grandes que estas!

Y añadió:

51 ―Ciertamente les aseguro que ustedes verán abrirse el cielo, y a los ángeles de Dios subir y bajar sobre el Hijo del hombre.


Timely Challenge

Psalm 70:5 “But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God!  You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.”


Desafío Oportuno

Salmo 70:5 (DHH) “Y a mí, que estoy pobre y afligido, Dios mío, ¡ven pronto a ayudarme! Tú eres quien me ayuda y me liberta; ¡no te tardes, Señor!”


My Best or Nah

Mathew 22:15-22 (MSG)That’s when the Pharisees plotted a way to trap him into saying something damaging. They sent their disciples, with a few of Herod’s followers mixed in, to ask, “Teacher, we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately, are indifferent to popular opinion, and don’t pander to your students. So tell us honestly: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”Jesus knew they were up to no good. He said, “Why are you playing these games with me? Why are you trying to trap me? Do you have a coin? Let me see it.” They handed him a silver piece.“This engraving—who does it look like? And whose name is on it?” They said, “Caesar.” “Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his.”The Pharisees were speechless. They went off shaking their heads.


¡Mi Mejor, O No!

Mateo 22:15-22 (NVI) Entonces salieron los fariseos y tramaron cómo tenderle a Jesús una trampa con sus mismas palabras. Enviaron algunos de sus discípulos junto con los herodianos, los cuales le dijeron: ―Maestro, sabemos que eres un hombre íntegro y que enseñas el camino de Dios de acuerdo con la verdad. No te dejas influir por nadie porque no te fijas en las apariencias. Danos tu opinión: ¿Está permitido pagar impuestos al césar o no?Conociendo sus malas intenciones, Jesús replicó: ―¡Hipócritas! ¿Por qué me tienden trampas? Muéstrenme la moneda para el impuesto. Y se la enseñaron.―¿De quién son esta imagen y esta inscripción? —les preguntó.―Del césar —respondieron. ―Entonces denle al césar lo que es del césar y a Dios lo que es de Dios.Al oír esto, se quedaron asombrados. Así que lo dejaron y se fueron.