Greetings, dear reader! I write to you from Guatemala City, where I have been for the past two days. As with my Chiapas trip last summer, I have taken on the responsibility of documenting our travels online for our class from United Theological Seminary. If you are interested in learning how I started getting involved in the justice work that led to my arrest last July, the Chiapas entries would be the place to begin.
I would like to invite you to read my current Guatemala posts on the UTS Global Trips blog. While I considered simply copying and pasting the entries here, the voice and purpose are slightly different from the one I have grown accustomed to using as “Leaping Loon,” and I would prefer to leave the posts in the blog for which they were intended.
To give you a brief background on the other blog, it was started by a seminary friend of mine when his class went to El Salvador in March 2010. The students were required to write a 10-page paper responding to the trip, and my classmate asked the professor if he could start a blog and use the entries as his paper. The blog ended up also serving the purpose of giving friends and family back home an opportunity to “travel along” in spirit, and it gave them a way to enter into conversation with their traveler about the trip when he or she returned home. The comments section in that blog serves as a “letters from home” space, and we welcome your thoughts and voices in our journey together. When I signed up for the Chiapas trip, I asked my friend to let me continue the tradition; I ended up having such a wonderfully rich experience writing for the UTS Global Trips blog that I started this blog as a result.
I would be honored if you would take the time to read, travel, and learn with us.