"Several other immersions are open for anyone to join.One group will head to Colombia April 8–16, and another will go to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, July 30 through Aug. 6."
Source: Heights Observer: http://www.heightsobserver.org/read/2015/02/26/ipm-sponsors-lifechanging-trips-to-colombia-and-wyoming
An IPM representative will take part and present in the upcoming Congress of Theology at the Centro-American University, which will be held in El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador, between March 18-23, 2015. Congress’ key theme will be “The Legacy of Martyrs Facing the Future.”
Between January-April 2015, Joseph F. Cistone is teaching a study/travel seminar, entitled REL 980: Latin American Liberation Theology in the Context of El Salvador, at Yale Divinity School.
One of the primary components of the course is a one-week Immersion Experience to El Salvador in March 2015. Students will begin to prepare for this experience before the trip by assessing their motives and expectations, as well as reading and discussing assigned materials.
On March 24 (8:50pm) and March 25 (12:15pm), IPM will be a community partner for the highly praised Argentinian film La Salada. The movie won the Film in Progress Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2013, held in Spain annually.
"The Center for Justice and Accountability, a human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and seeking justice for victims, recently led a delegation to El Salvador to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Jesuit Massacre, and called on the new government to cooperate with the Spanish National Court’s investigation of the massacre." Originally posted on the College of the Atlantic website: http://news.coa.edu/2014/12/01/coa-trustee-aids-probe-of-1989-killings-in-el-salvador/
With Immense Love & Respect, IPM Bids Farewell to Co-Founder & Cherished Friend, Paul Strege
We are deeply saddened to share that IPM Co-Founder and dear friend, Rev. Paul H. Strege, passed away on March 30, 2014 in St. Louis, MO. Both Paul and his late wife, Vercile, left a lasting legacy of faith, hope, and love to many, and will forever remain an inspiration to the IPM family. Please keep Paul and the Strege family in your thoughts and prayers, and if you wish to send an expression of sympathy, please do:
Tim & Gail Strege 4 Kahlia Way Court St. Louis, MO 63127
Visitation services will be held at the Kutis Affton Chapel (10151 Gravois Rd.) on Wednesday, April 2, from 4-8 p.m. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, April 3, at 10 a.m. at the St. Thomas Holy Spirit Lutheran Church (3980S. Lindbergh Blvd.), followed by the burial ceremony at the Interment Our Redeemer Cemetery.
Thank you all for keeping the Strege family close to your heart and in your thoughts during this difficult time.
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March 5, 2014
"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform."
-- Diane Mariechild, Author
March is Women’s History Month, a time to honor the role women play in our lives by creating, nurturing, and transforming our world. As I write this from Ibague, COLOMBIA, during the week leading up to International Women’s Day, I am meeting with IPM’s longstanding Project Partners and witnessing first-hand the transformative power that women-led organizations play in ensuring social justice through the holistic development of their communities... Continue reading about IPM's most recent activity, including IEP & Project Partner updates!
Remember to show gratitude for the women in your life, always, but especially throughout the month of March.
EATON Corporation donates electrical supplies to St. Charles Lwanga
In Nairobi, Kenya on May 23, 2013, representatives from EATON Corporation's Nairobi office presented to Brother Hillary and students at St. Charles Lwanga Vocational Training Institute a donation of various electrical installation equipment and tools in addition to a generous monetary donation in partnership with IPM.
Two Interfaith Leaders share their Immersion Experiences to the DR
Check out this great piece by Jordan Scruggs and Dana Capasso from Yale University about their recent IPM Interfaith Leaders Immersion Experience to the Dominican Republic. What a beautiful reflection!
From the Latin America & Caribbean Region: El Salvador Elections Update
Effective March 10, 2014 12:00 P.M. EST
Just spoke with an IPM Project Partner and others in El Salvador to try and confirm what we are reading on line. Apparently, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, while yet to declare a formal victor, has confirmed the electoral lead of the FMLN Candidates (Pres & VP) of 50.11% to 49.89 for ARENA with 99.87% of the votes counted and over 6,000 votes separating them. In what appears to be a measured and ...responsible stance, the Tribunal is promising to review the results and issue a formal declaration of the winner by Wednesday. The FMN candidate, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, continues to urge calm and promises to work with ARENA moving forward. The ARENA candidate, Norman Quijano, is vowing to "fight... if necessary with our lives," claiming fraud. Most ominously, Quijano is also, quite irresponsibly, claiming that the armed forces are "monitoring the situation." One only needs to know a little of El Salvador's history to realize how inflammatory such a comment is. Thankfully, the US Embassy in San Salvador is urging calm and reiterating it's stance that the US will "respect the wishes of the Salvadoran electorate." The concern on the ground, however, is that ARENA is clearly already threatening a military action of some sort and may make an attempt to take steps in that regard if they do not agree with the Wednesday announcement. IPM is continuing to monitor this situation through our Partners, Staff, and friends on the ground in El Salvador. To help, you should contact your US Senate and House representatives urging them to back the US Embassy's moderate stance and support the decision of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal once that decision is announced. Please also keep the people of El Salvador in your thoughts and prayers at this tenuous time. We will keep you abreast of developments as much as possible through our Facebook page, Website, and all other avenues available to IPM.
Para la Paz,
May 26 - Memorial Day
No Events Scheduled
July 4 - Independence Day
Keynote Presentation by Dorothy Nyong'o, Africa Cancer Foundation Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:30-9pm Regina Auditorium, Notre Dame College 1857 S. Green Road, South Euclid, Cleveland OH,44121 Purchase tickets here.
Lunch Discussion: The Restoration of Liberation Theology. From Gutierrez and Ratzinger to Pope Francis and Obama, James P. Keane, Catholic Memorial School, Boston Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12-1:30pm The City Club of Cleveland Euclid Avenue #200, Cleveland, OH 44114
An Evening with Rick Steves, moderated by Dan Moulthrop Friday, October 17, 2014 6:30-8:30pm The Breen Center for the Performing Arts, 2008 West 30th Street, Cleveland, OH Purchase tickets here.
Words from the CEO
FORGING CONNECTIONS: Celebrating 40 Years
In October, more than forty members of the IPM Family from around the world gathered together in Northeast Ohio for IPM’s Inaugural General Assembly. Our week in Cleveland, and the related activities around the country throughout the past year, provided a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to share stories of our respective journeys and to plan together for the coming decade.
Throughout the week, I kept coming back to four “I” words I have touched on in earlier writings, and that strike me now more than ever as the meaning of IPM: Inspire, Immerse, Invest, and Imagine. While no particular word can adequately summarize the totality of IPM or any specific stage in IPM’s organizational development, these four capture both IPM’s remarkable past and aspirations for the future.
Inspire. Whenever I speak with anyone involved in the founding of IPM, it is crystal clear that what moved the founders and their friends to create this remarkable organization was the life-changing inspiration that the old model of “mission” was no longer relevant or appropriate. As relatively young missionaries, the Mayer & Strege families—along with other close colleagues like Dennis Hilgendorf & Ellen Hilgendorf-Mead, George Hrbek, and Dick Sering (see related stories on page 5)— realized that the position the Church of their childhood placed them in, both domestically and internationally, was untenable. With IPM, the women and men of India, Lebanon, and Nicaragua would no longer be objects of proselytization, but brothers and sisters in the creative work of bringing the Peaceable Kingdom to life on Earth. Such insight inspired thousands of people of faith to see one another for the first time as Partners who could join hands and hearts together in a shared struggle for social justice, regardless of the cultural, economic, and sectarian divisions among them. Such inspiration drew me to IPM and led directly to the next “I.”
Immerse. Those of you who are newer to IPM might rightly assume that Immerse is the root of IPM’s premier programmatic initiative of the past decade: the Immersion Experience Program. But to be immersed is much more than a short-term sojourn among IPM’s Partners worldwide. To truly be immersed— whether in Metropolitan Saint Louis or San Salvador—is to walk alongside those who often hover on the margins of our societies and to be converted to a new way of life through our encounter with them. As Jay McNally recounts on page 12, such a journey opens our eyes and our souls to a transcendent reality that our consumer-driven culture seeks to deny. The simple truth of Immersion is this: when we humbly enter into partnership with our brothers and sisters around the world, we learn that we all share the same hopes, dreams, and aspirations for our families, communities, and ourselves. The question is: what next?
Invest. The obvious step is to invest. For some of us, this has meant forty years of committed giving in support of a particular IPM Partner or program. For others, it might mean helping out with a mailing or hosting an IPM gathering in one’s home. For an increasing number of us, it is offering our personal and professional talents in service of IPM’s mission. Students from Yale helping to document the stories that are included in our new anthology 40 Stories for 40 Years (see page 7); Gesu Parishioners lovingly stuffing and mailing the beautiful IPM Holiday Cards; Friends of IPM in the right spirits offering their useful professional experience, thoughts, and suggestions on a pro-bono capacity; donor friends supporting IPM through their financial commitment to IPM’s new Project Partner Reserve Fund – these are but a few of the ways people like us invest in the life-affirming work that is IPM. And, as we come to the end of another year, it’s clear that in the years ahead, the personal, financial, and professional investment of each of you will shape the future direction of this Partner-driven organization.
Imagine. Inspired, Immersed, and Invested, the General Assembly and Related Celebratory Activities highlighted in this Special Edition of Connections provided a strategic series of moments to imagine the next four decades of IPM. With representatives from across the IPM Family, we came together to reshape IPM’s governance model in a more inclusive fashion, shared stories of transformation, and imagined a more impactful future for IPM. The imagination we shared is highlighted throughout this Special Issue. It was carried back with each of the delegates to their respective homes and communities. Most importantly, it lives on in the hearts and souls of all of us as we reshape IPM to Inspire, Immerse, and Invest in a new generation of IPM Partners and Friends at the dawn of IPM’s next forty years. Thank you for all you do to Inspire, Immerse, and Invest yourself in the IPM Family. Your love and imagination are what make all this possible.