May 08 2013
The Latin American Task Force and First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti are hosting a screening of this documentary about the events leading to the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti (209 Washtenaw Ave., Ypsilanti, MI)
(in Spanish with English subtitles)
Following the murder of his good friend Fr. Rutilio Grande, a priest killed for speaking out against injustice and organizing the poor people of El Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Romero asked, “If we do not change now, then when?” For the next three years, Romero tirelessly preached against the oppression and violence perpetrated by the government of El Salvador against its people and worked for a culture of peace in his homeland. He cried out to the soldiers committing these acts of violence:
“I want to make a special request to the men in the armed forces: brothers, we are from the same country, yet you continually kill your peasant brothers. Before any order given by a man, the law of God must prevail: “You shall not kill!”… In the name of God I pray you, I beseech you, I order you! Let this repression cease!”
The day after he spoke these prophetic words, he was assassinated.
Monseñor: the Last Journey of Oscar Romero, a documentary produced in 2010 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Romero’s death, chronicles the last three years of his life through moving images and the inspiring words of the people of El Salvador whose lives and faith were transformed by his witness.
The Latin American Task Force and First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti will show this powerful film and take up Romero’s charge to work for peace and justice:
“If my death is accepted by God, let it be for the liberation of my people, and as a testimony of hope in the future.” ~March 1980