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Crossing the Borders of Difference and Joining Together as One

Crossing the Borders of Difference and Joining Together as One

May 18, 2015 | A congregation I once served was a merged congregation of a larger progressive congregation and a smaller conservative congregation. At the time of the merger, neither congregation was welcoming to lgbt people. When the time came for that discussion, it tended to be the remnant of the smaller congregation that was opposed to the decision to become Open and Affirming. Nevertheless, the whole congregation voted to cast its lot with those who were welcoming of lgbt persons and virtually no one left the congregation. Arriving several years later, however, I wasn’t sure how being out would play with those now older and more conservative folks. I knew they loved the church and would be polite, but I wondered how receptive they would be to me.  Read more »

Ayotzinapa: Where Are Our Disappeared?

Ayotzinapa: Where Are Our Disappeared?

May 15, 2015 | From the Latin America Working Group: Over seven months have passed since 43 students from a rural teachers college in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero were forcibly disappeared in the town of Iguala, yet many questions about the case remain unanswered. We know that students were attacked by local police, who allegedly turned them over to a local criminal group, the “Guerreros Unidos,” to be killed. To date, the remains of only one student have been identified. The Latin America Working Group is joining with our Mexican human rights partners and the families of the disappeared to say that these lives matter and justice must prevail. Read more »

Conflict Transformation Training in North East India

Conflict Transformation Training in North East India

April 11, 2014 | In October 2013, a training in Conflict Transformation was held in Guwahati, the capital of the state of Assam, in Northeast India. The training worked with people from five tribes that have been fighting each other for years. Phenpiga H. Rengma, a participant in the training, recently sent this report on the work being done in the region by his group. Watch Now »


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