I’ve been invited as Social Justice Forum guest speaker this Sunday 1/19 at the Chattanooga TN Unitarian Universalist Church at 9:30 a.m. I’m going to tell stories about human-rights journeys Eileen and I undertook. Such as:
1) Meeting with Nicaraguan survivors of a Contra attacks supported by the USA - particularly those is one community near the Honduras border.
2) Our accompaniment of Mayan survivors living in a refugee camp on their return to a massacre site to commemorate the dead from a paramilitary attack in southern Mexico.
3) Stories of the “disappeared,” tortured and oppressed, as well as murders of street children, picked up from a journey to Honduras.
4) What harassment we witnessed children encounter from the Israeli military on the first day of school in Beit Ommar, Palestine, as well as other episodes, including the ramming of a Lutheran orphanage by a tank.
5) Observations from our role as international observers in the El Salvador 2004 presidential elections.
6) An invitation by a Mexican Catholic bishop to consecrate the Eucharist with him at a celebration of a 25-year-effort to uplift lives of indigenous poor, me a Protestant clergyperson.
Probably won’t be time for all -- memories …
Taking note of a story I wrote about a Nicaraguan Contra attack that was recently published in the Black Earth Institute’s About Place Journal: