Orientation continues in full swing today. I’m starting to feel more comfortable with people. Compared to Monday, it feels like a big difference. I can joke and laugh and feel like I can show a little bit more of myself. However, Spanish is a challenge. It was especially difficult yesterday afternoon. We visited a cultural
Managua, Nicaragua is an unexpected treat. I’ve posted some pictures of where we are staying. We are all here together for the week for orientation, getting to know both each other and Mennonite Central Committee. So far, it has only been half a day and there is already much to process and to think about.
I’m sitting in the Vancouver airport. I just said good-by to some amazing friends who I am going to miss mucho. It is late at night. I went to spend my last Canadian change at Tim Hortons. I don’t remember the last time I had a doughnut, but it seems like a good time to
School of the Americas Watch has published an unbelievable map of American interventions in Central and South America over the past hundred years. Actually seeing a visual representation is stunning. I’m interested in learning more about Canadian interventions in this region. I know many of our companies are operating in the area, but how has
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role of religion in conflict and in peace. I am going to be working with a group that works through local church, that builds on the peacemaking message of the Bible and that can be used as a source of peace to draw people together, instead of
O God, who am I now? Once, I was secure in familiar territory. in my sense of belonging, unquestioning of the norms of my culture, the assumptions built into my language, the values shared by my society. But you have called me out and away from home and I do not know where you are
It’s been a little busy around here the last few days. On Sunday, I did a presentation about my upcoming trip (one week, 3 days), in my church. It was really great to get the chance to talk about what I am going to do, as well as present some of the voices of the
This is a piece I wrote for my internship at the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue this winter. The original is here. Enjoy, and check out other articles available on Mobile Justice. If you are interested in learning more about the challenges facing Indigenous peoples in Canada, check out Mythperceptions, a great MCC site!
Over the past month, in preparation for Colombia, I have been reading both Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed and a collection of essays, Peace, Democracy, Human Rights in Colombia, edited by Christopher Welna and Gustavo Gallon. In his book on popular education, Freire states, “The oppressor is solidarity with the oppressed only when[s]he stops