These pre-designed trips offer the immersion experience that is “tried & true.” They are open to individuals not part of a group or group-leaders who would like to preview the experience before bringing an entire group.
o July 7-13, 2013 (Oaxaca)
o September, 2013 (Conflict Transformation, Mexico City)
o October 24-28, 2013 (Lutheran Identity, Mexico City)
o November 26-December 1, 2013 (Chiapas)
Lutheran Identity in a Latin American Context
The US Census Bureau predicts by 2050 Latinos will constitute 1/3 of the US total population, more than 66% with a Mexican background. More than ever it is important for church leaders and people of faith to cultivate an understanding of the history and context of one of the largest growing segments of the US population. In this seven day excursion, you are invited to immerse yourself in the cultural, historical, and spiritual aspects of Mexico. Eat, live, learn, and worship alongside local Mexicans. Through site visits and engaging lectures, experience the realities of immigration, poverty, ecumenism and spirituality in Latin America, with an emphasis on the role of Lutheran and protestant churches in Mexico.
WORSHIP on Reformation Sunday at a Mexican Lutheran Church * ENGAGE with members of the ecumenical Mexican Theological Community Augsburg Lutheran Seminary *MEET Mexican faith leaders who are responding to local and global inequities
PALENQUE , CHIAPAS
Sustainable Economics: standing in solidarity with small business owners and farmers
In the age of globalization, it is difficult to fully understand the impacts of our economic decisions. Chiapas provides a real life classroom to witness first hand impacts of global economics on the people and environment--environmental degradation, severe malnutrition, lack of medical services. It also is a place to witness new models for responsibly and sustainably doing business. During this week excursion, you will see grassroots efforts to overcome poverty and malnutrition in the midst of a context of globalization and increasing transnational/big business interests. See what role you play in people’s lives around the world and reflect on your role as a Christian in the midst of global crises.
HEAR stories of local farmers, governments, and agronomists * CONTRIBUTE to maintaining Pej Pem, training center for indigenous youth * PARTICIPATE in sustainable farming workshops * MEET Mexican faith leaders who are responding to local and global inequities
Sustainable Economics Flier
Sustainable Economics Info Sheet
Faith, Food, & Justice: Lessons from Oaxaca on changes in the global food supply and the church’s response
The Mexican state of Oaxaca is known as the “birthplace of corn” and the home of Mexico’s most famous dishes. While Oaxaca is rich in agricultural and culinary history, it is the most economically poor state in Oaxaca. On this trip, you will spend a week learning about impacts of global decisions on the livelihoods and food supplies of Mexico’s most marginalized communities, hear first hand testimonies from farmers and families in Oaxaca who struggle to feed themselves, contribute to what local organizations are doing to address the roots of poverty, and learn what is still lacking in the efforts to eliminate world hunger. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!
**Specially planned for those participating in 2013 Ecumenical Advocacy Days.
PREPARE yourself to speak about the roots of world hunger and poverty *HEAR first hand testimonies from farmers and families* PARTNER with local Christ-centered churches and nonprofits addressing inequities * SHARE your experiences at the 2013 Ecumenical Advocacy Days.
Retreat from the Routine: Discover faith practices in Mexico as you RE-discover yours-
Open to anyone who is looking for a retreat time and space. Seeds of Transformation (SOT) plans a retreat, catered to your interests, but with the theme of getting to know faith in Mexico. Activities could include: visiting important pre-conquest faith sites such as Teotihuacan and Templo Mayor, Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, participating in Aztec Temezcal ceremony, visiting Ecclesiastical Base Communities, and worship with the Mexican Theological Ceremony. Seasonal options include: Day of the Dead and Easter festivals. Additional pre and post trip reflection materials are provided. Available any time of the year, in arrangement with the SOT coordinator.
Immigration: Face- to- face with a global phenomenon-
Everyone hears about immigrants and the political problems they present to countries in the north, but how many people have heard FROM immigrants- their stories, their journeys, their hopes, their dreams, their challenges back home, what they risk to immigrate, their faith in God? On this trip, learn about roots of immigration within Mexico and Central America. Meet immigrants and get to know the perils and joys of central American immigrants. Meet Mexican faith groups reaching out to them, and reflect on your role as a citizen and person of faith.
Conflict Transformation: Local and global strategies for peace-.
Learn about roots of local and global violence in Mexico, meet those affected by violence, and faith leaders working to make a difference. Participate in International Day of Prayer for Peace with leaders from Churches for Peace. Learn about roots of violence and participate in workshops that will give you hands on tools to transform conflict in your own local and global communities, based on Amextra’s 25 years experience of peace education.
To find out more information about activities and cost for all upcoming trips, please contact Bethany at