Journeys of Reconciliation - Recent Journeys
Appalachia Journey (2003)- This Journey visits parts of the Appalachian region of eastern Tennessee, Kentucky and western North Carolina. This experience includes learning about the history of exploitation and resistance. Participants engage with educators, community organizers, artists, politicians, representatives from the coal mining industry, religious leaders and students. The extraction of natural resources and underdeveloped infrastructure in Appalachia has led to high rates of unemployment and addiction. Yet in peoples' stories, there was a current of creativity, resistance and joy that left us with a deep impression of the region's complexity.
Mississippi Delta (2003) - This Journeys trip exams issues of racial and socio economic reconciliation in the Delta, one of the poorest areas of the country.
Montana Journey (2002, 2003, 2005) - This Journeys of Reconciliation trip includes visits to the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations, conversations with government officials, tribal elders and religious leaders to gain a better understanding of issues of race, poverty, health and indigenous culture. Participants also will learn about how Native peoples relate to a dominant society that has a history of exploiting them.
New Orleans (2007) - Following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, these Journeys focus on the continiuing devastating effects of the flood. Often this trip involves work and rebuilding. Conversations include meetings with New Orleans religious communities and professionals from medicine, nursing, religious studies, social justice advocacy, interfaith cooperation, philanthropy, civic and neighborhood planning, public education, the arts, university education, and social work.
Texas/Mexico Border ( 2003) - This Journey is designed to better understand how America and Mexico are mutually defined as neighboring countries. Partnering with the University of Texas at Brownsville and Curamericas, this experience includes meeting with a diverse group of people from both sides of the border. Participants on this trip visit colonias built on landfills and witnessed the effects of environmental pollution on children and families. We visit community health clinics and maquiladoras (one producing auto parts and another flour for corn tortillas). This Journey also focuses on issues of public health, education, labor practices
Canada (2012) - This Journey focuses on the rich religious diversity of our neighbor to the north and an examination of the many challenges still facing native people in Canada.
Oaxaca, Mexico (2004) - Recognizing that Mexican indigenous culture is undergoing conflict with increasing ‘Americanization’ around the globe, the Oaxaca journey tries to learn and experience indigenous culture of rural central Mexico. The group visits ancient archeological sites, engages discussion with local religious leaders, visits local sacred sites, and participates in a variety of indigenous rituals including prayer and welcoming ceremonies as well as a ritual sweat in the lodge of local villagers. The group is engaged in conversation around questions of indigenous spirituality, issues of globalization, particularly immigration policies in the United States.
Bolivia (2001, 2002) -The journey focuses on health and healing, volunteering in several health clinics under the direction of Andean Rural Healthcare, an organization that provides health care to rural areas of Bolivia.
Cuba (2001, 2002, 2009) -This Journeys trip is an examination of the continued tensions between the US and Cuba. The visit involves meeting with community leaders and religious groups to explore how there might be ways to develop partnerships to support the work of reconciliation within the country.
Costa Rica (2005) - Costa Rica has a strong democratic tradition and a long history of dispute resolution. Owing in part to their impressive 95% literacy rate and national education system, Journeys of Reconciliation participants examine Costa Rica’s educational system and how Costa Rica seeks to protect natural resources while maintaining an important job-providing tourist industry. This trip also exams how issues of absentee land ownership affect local economies and communities. Often this experience involves tutoring at an elementary/secondary school and community-sponsored service.
Bosnia-Herzegovina (2004, 2005) - The war in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the early 1990s erupted between the Croat (Roman Catholic), Serb (Eastern Orthodox), and Bosnia (Muslim) populations of the country as the former Yugoslavia disintegrated. The war in Bosnia witnessed some of the worst atrocities in Europe since the second World War, including large-scale ethnic cleansing. In 1995 following Dayton Accords, the country began the long process of rebuilding and reconciliation. On this trip, participants will meet community leaders who are tirelessly working to reconstruct and reconcile the community.
Northern Ireland (2001, 2011) -This trip examines the continued tensions between the people of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, their history, customs and traditions.
South Africa (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2014) - On these trips, The Journeys Program looks at post-apartheid South Africa under majority rule. The focus is usually on two main areas: education reform/access, and AIDS, or the new global apartheid. Visits usually include conversations with educators and policy makers and meetings with faculty and students at the University of Cape Town and the University of Witswaterand.
India (2007) - Traveling to New Delhi, Pune, Chennai, and Madurai, this Journeys of Reconciliation trip discusses the political and economic implications of globalization. This trip includes meetings with Indian college students and religious groups for dialogue and cultural exchange.
Middle East (2011) - This Journeys of Reconciliation experience continues to examine the challenges and tensions in the region. The groups travels include Jerusalem, the West Bank, Tel Aviv and Amman, Jordan.