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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication Page
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Prologue: Solidarity’s Roots in a Refugee Camp
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Part I: Setting Solidarity in Context
  2. p. 7
  1. Map of Guatemala
  2. p. 8
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  1. 1. A Brief Historical Overview
  2. pp. 9-19
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  1. 2. Maya Refugees—From Exodus to Return
  2. pp. 21-33
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  1. Part II: Weaving Threads of Solidarity
  2. p. 35
  1. 3. Project Accompaniment—A Canadian Response
  2. pp. 37-55
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  1. 4. Accompaniment in War and Peace
  2. pp. 57-99
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  1. 5. Project A Comes to a Close
  2. pp. 101-111
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  1. 6. The Christian Task Force on Central America in British Columbia
  2. pp. 113-129
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  1. 7. Breaking the Silence in the Maritimes
  2. pp. 131-149
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  1. Part III: A Tapestry with Many Forms
  2. p. 151
  1. 8. New Forms of Solidarity
  2. pp. 153-188
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  1. 9. Solidarity’s Creative Heart
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. Part IV: The Spirituality of Solidarity and Its Challenges
  2. p. 197
  1. 10. Creating Relationships: The “Spirit” of Solidarity
  2. pp. 199-227
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  1. 11. Fresh Insights on Faith
  2. pp. 229-240
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  1. 12. Four Challenges to the Church
  2. pp. 241-259
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  1. Epilogue: Keeping Vigil for an Elusive Peace
  2. pp. 261-262
  1. Part 1: What Shapes Solidarity Today?
  2. pp. 263-274
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  1. Part 2: Where Do We Go from Here?
  2. pp. 275-287
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 289-290
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  1. Research Participants
  2. p. 291
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 293-300
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-314
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780889208971
Related ISBN
9780889204287
MARC Record
OCLC
144087397
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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