November 11-18, 2019
In the Aftermath of Maria – The Political, Social and Racial Dynamics Revealed by the Hurricane and How the Church Is Responding to Them
The word “’apocalypse” is often used to describe a catastrophic or world changing event, like Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, causing devastation across the island. But in the bible, especially the book of Revelation, the word apocalypse means something else: apo (un) kalypto (covered or hidden) points toward what is uncovered, revealed, by catastrophic challenges. As Puerto Rico’s people began the long struggle toward recovery, much was uncovered. In the months that followed, the strength of the churches, the resilience of the island’s people, and the common will to rebuild was evident. Evident also were the effects of trauma exacerbated by the chronic challenges of food insecurity, structural racism, a challenged infrastructure, and an unjust debt burden hampering not only the island’s recovery but its ongoing ability to thrive. In this travel study seminar we will enjoy the beauty of the island and her people, hear from Puerto Ricans engaged in long term disaster recovery, policy advocacy and sustainable development. We will see how the Presbyterian Church and its three presbyteries in the Synod of Boriquen are working in partnership to support vulnerable communities; welcome mainland volunteers to participate in rebuilding and better understanding; engage in creative partnerships to strengthen Puerto Rico’s food sustainability, access to power and clean water; and invite all of us to challenge the structures, laws, and colonial practices that have harmed Puerto Rico in the past.
The seminar will last 7 days. Travel days are Mondays, November 11 and 18. Participants will be away for one Sunday. Accommodations are double-occupancy. Some single-occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Those who choose to extend their travel either before or after the seminar may do so on their own and at their own expense.
The maximum cost of this seminar is $1,795, but will most likely be less, depending upon group size and lodging secured. Cost is per person double occupancy including all seminar expenses (meals, accommodations, program, tips, tours, in-country transport). Airline transportation to and from Puerto Rico is not included.
Application Due Date
Applications are due by September 1, 2019. After that date, applications will be considered as space remains available.
For more information
A sample schedule/itinerary and online application form are available on the Peacemaking Program’s Travel Study Seminar webpage or by calling 888-728-7228 x 5805.