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Refreshed and renewed

A favorite memory from my visit to Venezuela in September 2016.  I’d been resisting the temptation to get in the water at the Cascada del Vino. I wasn’t afraid of the cold, but my swimsuit was back in Colombia, and skinny-dipping in … Continue reading

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Christmas in La Paz

This year I’ve stayed put in my home base of La Paz for the holidays. Sad to be away from family and friends in California, but grateful for a break from travel and the chance to lean on the kindness … Continue reading

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Willkakuti – Happy Aymara New Year!

I just watched the sunrise, a rare and beautiful thing in my life. I always seem to forget how slow a process it is once I focus in: the glow on the horizon that becomes too painful to look at … Continue reading

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Breathing room

I arrived last weekend in Barranquilla, when the ever-present music in the streets was louder than usual in celebration of carnaval (a boisterous period of dancing and revelry prior to Lent). I was grateful for a few days to catch … Continue reading

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Exploring Ayacucho

While in Ayacucho, Peru, we got to experience some of the favorite things of the resident Young Adult Volunteer, Lisa. Among other, more serious observations, she introduced us to moyuchi, a cinnamon ice cream churned on ice in small batches … Continue reading

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Symbols of mission

This afternoon I prepared the homework assignment required of all participants: a brief narrative and reflection on our own experiences with mission and ecumenism, both good and troubling, including the identification of a symbol that represents our understanding of mission. I chose an embrace as my symbol for mission. What symbolizes mission for you? Continue reading

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Life is beautiful

Here are some excerpts from the second accompanier report that Jake and I submitted, which is framed around this passage: Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive … Continue reading

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