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  • Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 9

    Published February 9, 2016

     A representative of COOPERAMMA shows us samples of the iTSCi tags used to certify miners’ production. representative of COOPERAMMA shows us samples of the iTSCi tags used to certify miners’ production. Photo by Doug Tilton

    Today, our delegation had an opportunity to learn more about the links between mining, conflict and oppression. Whether we know it or not, many of us take a little bit of the eastern Congo with us wherever we go. Modern electronic devices such as cellphones, tablets and laptops rely on metals such as tin, tungsten, tantalum and even gold. The eastern Democratic Republic of the ...

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  • Reflections from the Frontline

    Published February 9, 2016


    Get your generosity groove on
    Reclaiming God as King Merrymaker for Mardi Gras

    by Roberta Updegraff

    It is hard to imagine our Lord dancing in the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, but I have certainly experienced God as King Merrymaker. God takes joy in interacting with creation and in empowering us to participate in God’s mission. The Lord parades all the wonderful acts of love, mercy, generosity, and goodness we accomplish together with God. Accentuating the miraculous, or the positive, not only makes us grateful, but also inspires hope, which translates into more excitement for God’s ...

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    From Presbyterians Today Blog: One Church, Many Voices

  • Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 8

    Published February 8, 2016

    We have been amazed by the incredible language skills of the women of East Congo, who speak to us in French, Swahili and English, and occasionally in Lingala or other local languages. Our hosts have been consistently gracious and tolerant about the more limited fluency (and unintentional gaffes) of some members of our team of “ambassadors.”

    But there is much more to effective communication than words alone. Everyone also conveys messages through gestures and body language. While our lack of proficiency in local languages is sometimes a drawback, it has never obscured the delight with which we have been received ...

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