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Progress After Matthew: Yielding Change Picks up Steam

In October we watched as Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, a country still mired in a years-long governance crisis that grew out of an earthquake in 2010. We were not optimistic about the outcome for Haiti’s most vulnerable populations, the poor and the rural poor. The storm destroyed much of southern Haiti and the northwestern peninsula,… Read More

Blessed be: Inclusivity

My head has been solidly in two zones this past fall: the election and the intensive revision of the Inclusive Lectionary Sunday reading series. Then the zones merged into one — the use of language, and how it can cause pain to “the poor, the lame, the blind, the deaf.” and so on. The language… Read More

NICA Act: Perpetuating Suffering in Nicaragua

  The Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA Act) is a congressional bill introduced in July 2016. The NICA Act focuses on limiting long term aid to Nicaragua from financial institutions such the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank due to the Nicaraguan government’s restrictions on transparent elections and limitations on political freedoms (i.e. political opposition… Read More

Homes of Hope – Manos Amigos

This August we began our first concentrated construction project through the Homes of Hope and our financing agreement with Banpro. Concentrating production allows us to save money on materials, transportation, and labor, and gives the homes a strong social component as new communities are built with the houses. Our first client for this new approach… Read More

Justice for Berta

On March 2, 2016, internationally recognized Indigenous and Honduran social movement leader Berta Caceres was murdered following an intense struggle against the Agua Zarca Dam in Honduras. Berta was the General Coordinator of the Indigenous Lenca organization COPINH and national Honduran social movement leader against the 2009 SOA-graduate led coup in Honduras and the resulting US-backed and… Read More

The Immigration Debate

Much of the election season to date has revolved around the questions of immigration reform and border security, yet little time has been given to the devastation that is now tearing through Mexico and the northern region of Central America. To address this pandemic of violence will require multiple government agencies, grassroots movements, and leadership… Read More

What’s next for Haiti?

President Michel Martelly took office in 2011 after a seriously flawed election process made worse by the lingering earthquake crisis. His term has been marked largely by a series of failures to follow through on elections. Last year, the terms of most representatives of parliament expired, and no local or municipal elections had been held to… Read More

A Roof for Every Family!

Located at the entrance of Santa Teresa (Carazo) municipality, only 53 kilometers from Managua, the walls are goingup in the first house that the Roncalli-John XXIII Association is building in an alliance with BANPRO.  This is the foundation of a program that intends to respond to 46.7% of the population with income that is less… Read More

The Inclusive New Testament Review

The Priests for Equality West Hyattsville, MD, 1994, xxiv+468 pp. Reviewed by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott As a member of the original National Council of Churches Inclusive Language Lectionary Committee that produced the three-volume An Inclusive Language Lectionary: Readings for Years A, B, and C, I was aware that a subgoup of my former colleagues was at work… Read More

Reflections on the Pope’s Visit

This week, DC and much of the US was buzzing with the presence of Pope Francis, tuning in to his speeches to the Congress and the UN General Assembly. This Pope has become the most popular in years, provoking dialogue among both Catholics and non-Catholics. His common sense and humane approach to many social issues… Read More