Church in Jonacatepec,
a farmer community.
Mexico is a nation with a
mix of traditions, music and color. Mural in the National Museum of
Anthropology, Ethnografic area.
Front door of the church
in Tepoztlan, a town reknown for it's strong political and cultural
Plaza de las Tres
Culturas in Tlatelolco, Mexico City. On October 2, 1968, hundreds of
students, workers, seniors, children and many more were killed by the
Mexican government and federal army. A shameful chapter of Mexican
Language for Ministry
August 3 - 16, 2013
Why Spanish for
programs are designed as an
encounter with the crucified and risen Christ who is present among
those who are condemned to death by economic and political powers.
Intensive language instruction, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through
Friday. Students are evaluated and placed at the
appropriate level with a maximum of five students in each class.
Homestay with a Mexican family will be provided during the first two
weeks. This gives students the experience of sharing in the daily life
of the Mexican people as well as ample opportunity to practice Spanish
in an everyday setting. The host families will be ones who are active
in the Base Christian Communities of Liberation Theology (BCC's)..
First week: The program begins in Cuernavaca, where the Base
Christian Communities were born in Mexico. Cuernavaca is also known as
the "city of the eternal spring" because of its favorable climate. The
BCC's represent a movement of the "grassroots" church gathering in
small groups primarily of the poor reflecting on Scripture as a means
of organizing for better living conditions and a more
equitable society. We begin learning about the history and
formation of the BCC's that can serve as a model for ministry within
Latino communities in the U.S. We will dialog with priests and lay
leaders who are active in the BCC's as well as participate in a BCC
Second week: We see how the BCC's provide a faith
foundation for organizing in defense of human rights, environmental
protection and fair trade practices. We will visit local community
projects and hear from leaders active in these movements.
All program activities are in Spanish with English translation when
Cost includes full room and board including the
homestay with a Mexican family as well as three weeks of intensive
Spanish instruction, educational materials, cultural activities and
local excursions. Students are responsible for their airfares and
transportation to Cuernavaca.
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