El Salvador Pilgrimage May 26-June 2

Discernment for 2016-2017

In the 2016-2017 year Holy Communion is discerning a potential partnership with the Anglican Church of El Salvador through the Anglican-founded non-governmental organization Cristosal. Noah Bullock, the Executive Director of Cristosal preached and presented a Symposium at Holy Communion on October 8 and 9, 2016.

The next step is a pilgrimage to El Salvador.

The rector and a group of 13 parishioners will travel to El Salvador as pilgrims from May 26-June 2. Pilgrimage is traditionally understood as a journey to a place where God has acted. Throughout the Salvadoran Civil War the church in El Salvador was engaged. The Anglican Cathedral in San Salvador served as a refugee camp for those displaced by conflict. Archbishop Oscar Romero stood with the persecuted poor of his country, and was assassinated in 1979. His death set off the war. He is remembered as a saint in The Episcopal Church along with a group of Salvadoran nuns and Jesuit theologians who martyred during the war. We will pray in places associated with these historic acts of faith on our journey.

We will also participate, with Cristosal in a conference on State Violence, Police Brutality, and Human Rights based organizing. We’ll be meeting with local Salvadorans, also participating in the conference, and we’ll be talking together about how we work for justice through faith.

Please pray for our pilgrims to El Salvador, and for the church leadership as we continue to discern this relationship.