Finding Voices of Hope

Reflection from a member of The Episcopal Church delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)

On Easter morning we find Mary crying in the garden outside the empty tomb. She is so confused by the resurrection that at first she doesn't recognize Jesus at all when he asks her why she is weeping. It has always struck me as interesting that Jesus doesn't tell her not to be afraid, nor does he tell her to dry her tears. He asks her, "Why? Why are you weeping?" In asking that question he lets Mary find her own voice to explain her distress. Jesus knows it will be vitally important to the future of this fractured community that they find their voices–because they are the ones he is counting on to tell a cohesive story of hope to the world.

Encuentro: Encounter on the borderlands of Texas

Lecia Brannon is a junior in the Master of Divinity program.  Lecia and her husband came to Seminary of the Southwest from Diocese of Camino Real.  

 

Southwest’s Master of Divinity Program requires a January Term course entitled Encuentro: Mission in Latino Contexts. Encuentro or encounter is a keyword to what this course is about, however there is so much more. Over the three weeks of this course our class was presented with people and experiences that will require us to absorb, process and discern. Where might we fit in?

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Haiti Blog Post 5- January 6, 2012- The Feast Day of Epiphany

Ricardo…

Ricardo was one of the first children in the Nutrition Program.  He is from Crochu, a small, poor town in the Mountains.  Carmel brought his mother, baby sister Crystal and his other siblings to Croix-de-Boutique to try and save his life.  Carmel and her team were very successful and his is thriving!  He is now 10 years old and in the 3rd grade.  He has befriended Kellaura and they play lots of cards together!

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Haiti Blog Post 4- January 5, 2012- the 12th Day of Christmas

We have now been in Haiti for a full 24 hours.  It has been so wonderful to see all of my friends and introduce them to Kellaura.  I just feel comfortable here and very at peace.  The pace is slow, there isn’t an agenda, and even though this is so against my personality, I am just with fine with going with whatever happens.

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Haiti Blog Post 3- January 2, 2012- the 9th Day of Christmas

We leave for Haiti in less than 48 hours and I feel lots of emotions.  I have never been for three weeks and I think I have a little anxiety about that.  I know it will all be fine and I will love every second of my time there.  I had the opportunity to Skype with Pere Val and Carmel yesterday.  It was wonderful to see their faces and also the excitement in their eyes.  They kept repeating to me, don’t worry.  Just come down here, we can’t wait to see you.

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Hi Friends,

It is the second day of Christmas and a little over a week away from our trip to Haiti.  I heard from Pere Val today and they are very excited about our trip.  He asked me specifically to bring some liturgical calendars for 2013.  I am happy to oblige!  I hope I will be able to Skype with him before our trip to iron out all the details. 

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I am more than thrilled to announce that my classmate Kellaura Johnson and myself received two grants to travel to Haiti for three weeks in January.  We received grants from both the Episcopal Evangelical Society and The Seminary Consultation on Mission.  We leave for Haiti on January 4th and will return on January 23rd