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Monday
Dec102018

Jubileo Newsletter for December 2018

Third of Three Specials on Jubilee Circles—San Diego

This Jubilee newsletter concludes the series of four bringing up-to-date news from the three Jubilee Circles PLUS a significant Jubilee first: the conference on Jubilee at the Nicanor Gomez Seminary in Toluca, Mexico, this past September.

For many years, Jubilee in San Diego radiated out from a small office in a large intercultural, multilingual ministry center. Then in 2014-2015, we became binational, and in 2017, we began to form a Jubilee Circle, having seen the effectiveness of the Mexican Jubilee Circles in San Cristobal and San Mateo. This binational aspect of Jubilee repeatedly strengthens our work. All of the attention to the US-Mexican border in a nationalistic way sometimes brings challenges to our work, but our three Circles could not exist as we do without the enrichment of our interconnectedness.This is illustrated clearly in how funding of the Circles happens.

Podcast Episode 102: Lee’s conversation with Anne Pacheco and Diane Hartley

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Friday
Nov092018

Jubileo Newsletter for November 2018

Jubilee in San Mateo (MX)!

by Lee Van Ham
In the October issue of Jubileo we heard from Jubilee in San Cristobal. This month it’s San Mateo’s turn. Four devoted, energetic people comprise the core of Jubilee in San Mateo (MX): Angelica Juarez de Swanson, Karina Velez, David Delgado, and Mariana Velez Delgado. There are several places named San Mateo in Mexico, but this one lies in the state of Puebla about an hour outside of Puebla City which has a population 2.5 million and elevation of 7000 feet. Its universities are second in number only to Mexico City.

Summer Course at the Daniel Swanson Cultural Center

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Thursday
Oct182018

Jubileo Newsletter for October 2018

Jubileo in Chiapas!

by Lee Van Ham

Four devoted, energetic people comprise the core of Jubilee in Chiapas: Gloria Gonzalez, Lindsey Mercer-Robledo, Isai Robledo, and Pedro Robledo. They live in San Cristobal de Las Casas, a city of 185,000 at 7200 feet elevation in the highlands of this southern-most Mexican state. Tourists from around the world come to San Cristobal, attracted by its colonial architecture, a large market filled with local cultural artisans and products, cobblestone streets, and more.

But the work of Jubilee lies outside of the city’s attractive center. The activities described below happen in marginalized communities where Indigenous peoples and others live in deep poverty. Some of these communities are in the city, just blocks from the quaint center; others are located within a couple of hours of San Cristobal de Las Casas.

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Thursday
Oct182018

JUBILEE ACTIONS: "Bag the Bag"

JUBILEE ACTIONS: “Bag the Bag” is the slogan of the moment.

See how many ways you can figure out how NOT to use plastic bags for carrying items out of any store!

Keep cloth bags in the trunk of your vehicle.

Carry items out in your arms (if there are only a few)

Fewer than 5% of plastic bags are recycled in California. Is your state better? Bags are a major debris on ocean floors and cause death to one million birds and 100,000 turtles and sea animals annually because they ingest them. Paper better? In landfills, paper bags produce more than twice as much atmospheric waste as plastic. Check out the Sierra Club fact sheet on bags.

Monday
Sep172018

Jubileo Newsletter for September 2018

Jubilee Goes to Seminary! It’s a First!

by Lee Van Ham

It was a first in many ways. It was certainly a first for both OneEarth Jubilee Economics Ministries (JEM) and Nicanor Gomez Seminary (Presbyterian). Was it a first for any seminary anywhere? Probably not. Similar events have surely happened. Tell us if you know of them. We want to hear what you know about any such contribution to the rising up of Jubilee. It could be that interest in living Jubilee today is spreading.


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Friday
Aug122016

Economic Recovery—Why Recovery of Sight Is Core to Economic Recovery ala Jubilee

public domain photoThe words are right there in a key Jubilee passage (Luke 4:17-20): “recovery of sight to the blind.” But why is recovery of sight part of the Jubilee model of economics, social design, and spirituality? Here’s a clue: throughout the scriptures of all religions “seeing” is a favorite metaphor for living with greater consciousness than the ego-consciousness that shapes civilization. Seeing empowers us to live with divine consciousness, Spirit consciousness. To bring “recovery of sight to the blind” is to bring economic recovery beyond anything business news talks about.

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Thursday
Jul282016

Chiapas reflection by Gabriela Jiménez Machorro 

In conclusion, being in Chiapas permitted me to know another reality, reaffirm that we can do great things if only we unite and work as a team. We need to learn to put aside our differences, respect other points of view affirming that we are all brothers and sister in need of each other. Of course, not forgetting the important relationship with our Mother Earth, without whom we are nothing. This experience has motivated me to continue working for my local community raising consciousness and awakening myself and others to the problems we face and together seeking solutions. I hope we will not have to face as much violence in our region but nevertheless it’s time to not only continue learning but to take action!!!

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