Argentina 2020 Mission Trip
Timing: April 17-27, 2020
Partner: Dennis Smith- PC(USA) Regional Liaison, South America
Trip goals/tourism description:
Description: In the urban portion of the trip we could focus on the church and human rights (including a testimonial look at the role played by the churches in Argentina and Uruguay's military dictatorships, a visit to the historical memory park at the former ESMA torture center, a look at contemporary issues of human trafficking, and emerging challenges in urban ministry). This would include conversations with our partner churches: the Waldensians, the Evangelical Church of Río de la Plata, the Reformed Churches of Argentina, and the Church of God. Plus a look at a new on-line experiment in theological education that is just starting. And conversations with Methodist colleagues.
For about half the time, we would take the ferry across the river to Uruguay. In addition to visiting Waldensian sights, we would spend time at Centro Emmanuel, an ecumenical retreat center that focuses of creation care spirituality and advocates with and for family farms. Centro Emmanuel is also a working organic farm and dairy, so we can observe cheese making, and maybe assist with chores. We can also visit with the local producer/consumer cooperatives they promote to help strengthen the remaining family farms that have not sold out to agribusiness (especially to cultivate soybeans, mostly for sale to China).
For tourism, we can visit artisan markets in Buenos Aires, and some excellent museums. Tango classes are also an option, or certainly a visit to a local tango show. In Uruguay we can spend a day at Colonia del Sacramento, the colonial town at the ferry port to cross the river to Buenos Aires.
In Buenos Aires we could stay at a Catholic guest house, in Uruguay at Centro Emmanuel. In both countries we'll be able to meet with church leaders, share in worship and spend time with local church and community members.