Weaving Relationships

Weaving Relationships

by Kathryn Anderson


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Weaving Relationships by Kathryn Anderson

Weaving Relationships tells the remarkable, little-known story of a movement that transcends barriers of geography, language, culture, and economic disparity.

The story begins in the early 1980s, when 200,000 Maya men, women, and children crossed the Guatemalan border into Mexico, fleeing genocide by the Guatemalan army and seeking refuge. A decade later, many of the refugees returned to their homeland along with 140 Canadians, members of “Project Accompaniment”. The Canadians were there, by their side, to provide companionship and, more significantly, as an act of solidarity.

Weaving Relationships describes the historical roots of this solidarity focusing on the Maya in Guatemala. It relates the story of “Project Accompaniment” and two of its founders in Canada, the Christian Task Force on Central America and the Maritimes-Guatemala “Breaking the Silence” Network. It reveals solidarity’s impact on the Canadians and Guatemalans whose lives have been changed by the experience of relationships across borders. It presents solidarity not as a work of charity apart from or “for” them but as a bond of mutuality, of friendship and common struggle with those who are marginalized, excluded, and impoverished in this world.

This book speaks of a spirituality based on community and justice, and challenges the church to move beyond its preoccupation with its own survival to solidarity with those who are suffering. It is a book about hope in the face of death and despair.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889204287
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 02/01/1982
Series: Comparative Ethics Series , #7
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Anderson is an adult educator and diaconal minister of The United Church of Canada, and coordinator of the Guatemala “Breaking the Silence” Program at Tatagamouche Centre, a United Church education centre in the Maritimes.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
Weaving Relationships: Canada-Guatemala Solidarity edited by Kathryn Anderson

Prologue: Solidarity’s Roots in a Refugee Camp




I: Setting Solidarity in Context

Map of Guatemala

1. A Brief Historical Overview

2. Maya Refugees—From Exodus to Return

II: Weaving Threads of Solidarity

3. Project Accompaniment—A Canadian Response

A. The Poor Accompany the Poor

B. The Refugees Plan Their Return with Accompaniment

C. Project Accompaniment is Born

4. Accompaniment in War and Peace

A. A Triumphant Return

B. Crisis and Confrontation

C. Life and Death in the Return Process

D. Accompaniment after the Peace Accords

5. Project A Comes to a Close

A. Making the Decision

B. Unresolved Issues

6. The Christian Task Force on Central America in British Columbia

A. Solidarity’s Origins in Latin America and Canada

B. Kindling the Vision in British Columbia

C. The Christian Task Force is Formed

7. Breaking the Silence in the Maritimes

Phase 1 : Network-Building 1988–1996

Phase 2 : Strengthening Relationships 1997–1999

Phase 3 : Forming a Covenant Relationship 1999–

III: A Tapestry with Many Forms

8. New Forms of Solidarity

A. Building Public Awareness

B. Encounters with Guatemalans—Journeys North and South

C. Urgent Actions

D. Fairly Traded Crafts and Coffee

E. Vigils

F. Advocacy and Lobbying

G. Security Accompaniment

H. Networking

I. Solidarity among Children

J. Solidarity among Youth

9. Solidarity’s Creative Heart

IV: The Spirituality of Solidarity and Its Challenges

10. Creating Relationships: The “Spirit” of Solidarity

A: Meaning and Spirituality

B: A Spirituality Forged through Relationships

C: Implications of Spirituality of Relationship

11. Fresh Insights on Faith

A: Solidarity and Faith

B. Glimpses into Maya Spirituality

12. Four Challenges to the Church

Challenge #1 : The Need to Create Justice-Seeking Communities

Challenge #2 : The Need for a Fresh Vision of Mission

Challenge #3 : Whole World Ecumenism

Challenge #4 : Making Reparations

Epilogue: Keeping Vigil for an Elusive Peace

Part 1 : What Shapes Solidarity Today?

Part 2 : Where Do We Go from Here?


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