Spanish Language for Ministry
August 3 - 16, 2019
$ 1,438 USD
Why Spanish for ministry?
The programs are designed as an encounter with the crucified and risen Christ who is present among those who are condemned to death by economic and political powers.
Intensive language instruction, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students are evaluated and placed at the appropriate level with a maximum of five students in each class.
Homestay with a Mexican family will be provided during the first two weeks. This gives students the experience of sharing in the daily life of the Mexican people as well as ample opportunity to practice Spanish in an everyday setting. The host families will be ones who are active in the Base Christian Communities of Liberation Theology (BCC's)..
First week: The program begins in Cuernavaca, where the Base Christian Communities were born in Mexico. Cuernavaca is also known as the "city of the eternal spring" because of its favorable climate. The BCC's represent a movement of the "grassroots" church gathering in small groups primarily of the poor reflecting on Scripture as a means of organizing for better living conditions and a more equitable society. We begin learning about the history and formation of the BCC's that can serve as a model for ministry within Latino communities in the U.S. We will dialog with priests and lay leaders who are active in the BCC's as well as participate in a BCC meeting.
Second week: We see how the BCC's provide a faith foundation for organizing in defense of human rights, environmental protection and fair trade practices. We will visit local community projects and hear from leaders active in these movements.
Note: All program activities are in Spanish with English translation when necessary.
COST: $ 1, 438 USD
Cost includes full room and board including the homestay with a Mexican family as well as three weeks of intensive Spanish instruction, educational materials, cultural activities and local excursions. Students are responsible for their airfares and transportation to Cuernavaca.