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Mexico and the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America held its annual Peace Camp in July 2017 at the Mission Mazahua in San Felipe del Progresso in the mountains Northwest of Mexico City. These scenes are from inside the former Hacienda de Tepititlan founded in 1718 and its surrounding area. Over 200 people participated and about half came from Canada and the USA and the other half from Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, El Salvador, and Puerto Rico. This bi-lingual event represented part of what needs to happen to build peace in the world. This place represents hope since it was a place of slavery for the Mazahua people as a large hacienda and now represents a place where the local Mazahua people participate in rebuilding and running a center for gathering different kinds of people.   All the images from that trip are available on my website at

http://www.andysmithphotography.com/Galleries/Places/
Mexico/MissionMazahua/MissionMaxahuascenes.html 

 

The Courtyard 

Looking Up  on a Stormy Day  

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Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Every Martin Luther King Day I read something he wrote.  This morning I spent a long time looking through a pictorial biography and then looking at his last Sunday morning sermon delivered at the National Cathedral in Washington,  March 31, 1968.  His remarks remain strikingly relevant for us today, although I imagine he would recognize in these times the need to use inclusive language since he had a way of understanding the interrelationship of all oppression.

“Through our technological and scientific genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet . . . .  we have not had the ethical commitment to make it a brotherhood [beloved community].  But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers [and sisters].  Or we will perish as fools.  We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in the inescapable network of mutuality.  And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.  For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.”