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Sunday, November 15, 2015

By Emily Wilkes

 

O God, hear my prayer,
and do not hide from my plea.
Attend to me and answer me.

 

A young Mayan girl has watched her father get into her older sister’s bed every night for years. Because she’s growing older, she knows her father will soon climb into her bed as well. She turns to CEDEPCA, the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America, for help. They strategize, taking the young girl’s context and resources available to her into consideration. On the night her father comes to his young...

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

By Shannon Beck

Part 2: Moving right along?

Let’s take the elevator!

Three years ago everything changed. Conversations stopped. Feelings were hurt. Trust disintegrated. Formal connections were cut between CEDEPCA (a pastoral training institute and partner of PC(USA)) and the IEPNG (Presbyterian church in Guatemala) and the Sinodica (the Presbyterian women’s group of IENPG). CEDEPCA, a forward-looking organization dedicated to working for justice for women in Guatemala, was unapologetically progressive in a culture where the femicide rate is rising. Some good church...

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Monday, October 26, 2015

By Shannon Beck

Part 1: Many changes, but much remains the same

This is the first in a series of reflections on my trip to Guatemala to explore sexual violence and the ways Presbyterians are engaged in stopping sexual violence.

 

“Smiles are the courtesy that binds. Colored tapestries and crucifixes line their lives. And if God shows mercy one more time, they’ll get by; they’ll get by.”

I penned those lyrics 30 years ago after my first trip to Guatemala. Today, I am concluding a travel study seminar to explore sexual violence in the Guatemalan...

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