20 Agosto – Vaya con Dios

“La iglesia de los Tres Reyes built in 1677; in the 1980s and 1990s, the priest rebuilt the walls around the churchyard with these amazing creations.” -Karen Oliveto
Karen at La Iglesia de los Tres Reyes

Justin Tanis and Seva Sergio Flores Acevedo at la iglesia de los Tres Reyes

8-19 Mordida
“Ally Vertigan and I were nominated to take a ceremonial bite (mordida) of our closing celebration cake. Messy but tasty” – Justin Tanis
A Day without creating is a day lost. . .
Kerri & Nikira at their new field-ed site.
Vera, Justin, Ally, and Kerri
Ally, Nikira, & Kerri


More Chiles en Nogadas!More chiles en nogadas!

“I keep trying to find words for this last day but I can’t yet. My heart is too full; God is too real.” -Ally Vertigan

19 Agosto – Aprendiendo el idioma y la cultura

I love the way our instructor teaches. A question about the language used by a guide yesterday brought out a whole lesson on colonialism and resistance movements. Learned some great words!

“Our class includes five students. We are all at different levels. Some have lived in Spanish speaking countries and some have never spoken a word of Spanish. Yet, the instructor treats us as equals. Every voice is respected. We wait patiently as one of us struggles to speak. We encourage and assist each other, cheering one another on. Truly, this is what embodied grace looks like.”

CETLALIC

“Our instructor told us he keeps a sign in his house: ‘El machismo mata.’ What followed was a fascinating discussion on machismo in Mexican culture.” – Karen Oliveto

Best classroom setting ever!
Best classroom setting ever!
Scenes from two Diego Rivera murals, one depicting the colonialization of Mexico, the other the colonialization of Cuernavaca, at the museum in Cuernavaca.
“Scenes from two Diego Rivera murals, one depicting the colonialization of Mexico, the other the colonialization of Cuernavaca, at the museum in Cuernavaca.” -Karen Oliveto

18 Agosto – Comunidades Cristianas de Base

“Yesterday we met with members of a base Christian community. These communities, grounded in liberation theology, believe in and work for political, economic, and religious change in the face of repressive/oppressive powers. They were so inspiring!”

“Attended a meeting of a base Christian community where we studied Acts 2. So powerful to see a community committed to a radical Gospel of change in themselves, their community and the world no matter the risk. Note to self: stop playing it safe.” – Karen Oliveto

“Honored to have been welcomed by a group of Christian women for prayer, song, and conversations about justice in our communities.” – Justin Tanis

17 Agosto – Otro Día en la Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera

Our group enjoying an evening out in Cuernavaca, safe inside from the storm.
Our group enjoying an evening out in Cuernavaca, safe inside from the storm.

“Another day in the City of Eternal Spring. Three new students joined us at Cetlalic. Our class dove head first into the subjunctive form of Spanish. Woof. It’s never come easily to me, but I am actually feeling a shift toward understanding. I’m grateful for our phenomenal teachers. My housemate and I came home for lunch and a brief rest, stopped by our local ice cream shop, and went back to school for the evening program. The conversation about women in social movements in Mexico was so wonderful. We braved another huge thunderstorm to go out for a bite to eat as a group. It felt great to connect; the long days have made that challenging. Tomorrow will be another day of learning, loving, and laughing.” – Ally Vertigan ‪#‎psrimmersion‬

 — at Cuernacava, Morelos.

16 Agosto – Enjoying Domingo

“On my free day, I slept in, went to a mass with mariachi musicians, made a complex pitstop at a birthday party, saw a play put on by some beautiful youth, and hung out with Kerri and Nikira and their marvelous host mom. Three more days of class and one day of travel until this too-short trip is finished.” – Ally Vertigan

Karen Oliveto and Justin Tanis enjoying the Sunday paper (we know you other clergy are so jealous!)
Crear
“A Day without Creating is a Day Lost”
¡Pozole!
¡Pozole!
Beautiful artwork of the Madre de Tierra (Mother of the Earth) combined with the symbolism of the Virgin of Guadelupe.
Beautiful artwork of the Madre de Tierra (Mother of the Earth) combined with the symbolism of the Virgin of Guadelupe.
“Cena con nuestra familia mexicana, Mamá y Abuela.” – Karen Oliveto
Tonight's dinner--poblano chili stuffed with fresh and dried fruits, topped with cream sauce, cilantro and pomegranate (colors of the Mexican flag). Yum.
“Tonight’s dinner- Chile en nogada, a poblano chile stuffed with fresh and dried fruits, topped with cream sauce, cilantro and pomegranate (colors of the Mexican flag). Yum.” – Justin Tanis

14 Agosto – LGBTQ Ministry en español

Our group at la Iglesia Apostolica with a group of young actors, the Banana Theater group.
Our group at la Iglesia Apostólica with a group of young actors, the Banana Theater group.

“Another amazing day of intercultural exchange on the CLGS ‪#‎psrimmersion‬ in Cuernavaca. This evening we met with Rev. Alfonso Leija of the Iglesia Apostolico who ministers to and with the LGBT community. Glad to have this tremendous opportunity to engage with our Mexican neighbors and colleagues.” — Justin Tanis

“Today, we spent a lot of time at Cetlalic in class with our professors, celebrating Mario’s birthday, and reflecting on the week. A lot of stuff was really useful and helpful in my grammar class. I’m glad to have some more days to practice. I had the best enchiladas verdes for lunch and a good nap after. We visited a huge market and also a church with MCC roots that is working to create a network of LGBT churches in Mexico. The youth were so lively and the stories we heard from the staff were just remarkable. Here are just a couple photos to show some of the great things we saw. Tomorrow we visit an archeological site and Taxco, a city known for its silver production. I’ll have more photos tomorrow for sure. I feel so grateful and at home here!” — Ally Vertigan

Museo Robert Brady  "Robert Brady bought a former convent right near the cathedral in downtown Cuernavaca. He turned it into a home where he displayed an intense global art collection and threw big parties for the gay male community. He died from "liver cancer" aka AIDS. These are photos from his home. The art and decoration are just marvelous." - Ally Vertigan
Museo Robert Brady
“Robert Brady bought a former convent right near the cathedral in downtown Cuernavaca. He turned it into a home where he displayed an intense global art collection and threw big parties for the gay male community. He died from “liver cancer” aka AIDS. These are photos from his home. The art and decoration are just marvelous.” – Ally Vertigan

13 Agosto – A Breezy Walk to School

Cuernavaca

“I had a lovely breakfast and breezy walk to school. This morning, Nikira and I learned all the words they don’t often teach in formal settings, but are so helpful in practical ministry. Our group visited an organization that supports activists and activist groups. I admit that the hour and a half long presentation was over my head a little bit. It’s taking a lot to listen and think in Spanish for so long. This, I suppose, will improve over time. I came home for a delicious lunch then went almost immediately back to school with my housemate from our group. Despite my vacation email away message being on, it felt great to spend an hour catching up on some home responsibilities. We had another presentation on Base Christian Communities. I don’t quite understand the concept but they gave us a great handout that has more info, in Spanish. It will be a good read. Tonight, I chatted with my host mom, Iza, who is the sweetest woman in the world. I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep because tomorrow is a long day!” — Ally Vertigan

— in Cuernavaca, Morelos. #psrimmersion