How can we protect the image of God in one another and stand with those who are hurting or afraid?
I desire to belong to this mosaic, but is the feeling mutual?
Will they claim me as their own?
I came away from the trip knowing that the border is filled both with great pain and with great beauty and hope.
In his new role, Sanchez will support the work of the Intercultural Committee which began with the formation of Mosaic Conference in 2020.
We are a people shaped by story, the biblical faith story, but also the story of our culture and people.
We have this intercultural priority: “As human beings made in the image of God, we acknowledge, own, and celebrate our cultural differences, allowing ourselves to be changed by the relationships we build across cultures while we work together for racial justice.”
Even in the dead of winter, amidst all the ice and snow, hope grows. Hope grows because we know Emmanuel has come to be with us. The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world has come. True righteousness and justice have come through Jesus. No more let sins and sorrows grow nor thorns infest the ground because Emmanuel has come to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.
As a conference, when we focus on our priorities of being formational, missional, and intercultural, we will bear witness to a God who is just, compassionate, and cares for the poor and the vulnerable.
I fight against white supremacy and racial injustice because God’s love demands it and they have caused deep wounds that need healing.
Even under normal circumstances, our unsheltered friends and neighbors live precarious lives.
“We have been given permission to try new ideas, and see failures as learning experiences. It is freeing to have that space to be creative.” / “Se nos ha dado permiso para probar nuevas ideas y ver los fracasos como experiencias de aprendizaje. Es liberador tener ese espacio para ser creativo.”
The way youth and young adults choose to express their faith may not look like mine or the previous generations, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t being faithful to Jesus or Anabaptism.
God used this trip to teach me that I don’t need to travel far to meet my neighbors—I can build relationships with my neighbors right here at home.