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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 13, 1991 I II II IIII The 1994 Partners-in- Faith Workshop, spon- sored by the Office of Catholic Education, Dio- cese of Evansville. will fea- ture two well-known speakers. Tom Zanzig, an author, editor and consultant, will speak at the Catholic Cen- ter, Evansville, Saturday, Oct. 12. Zanzig's topics are "The Development of Catholic: Identity," "The Process of Conversion" and "Signposts for the Journey." Registration for Zanzig's presentation will begin at 8:45 a.m. A catered lunch is scheduled at 11:45. The program will conclude at 3 p.m. Zanzig's most recent project was managing edi- tor of a religion curriculum of junior.laigh youth, the" "Discovery Program." A display of all of his books will be available at the workshop. Edwina Gateley, a speak- er, poet and writer, will speak at St. John Parish Center, Loogootee, Satur- day, Oct. 19. Her topic is, "I Hear a Seed Growing," which is the title of one of her books Registration for the Gate- ley presentation will begin at 8 a.m., with her presen- tation scheduled at 9 a.m. An open forum for ques- tions will follow. The pro- gram will conclude after a catered lunch. Gateley is a Catholic lay woman and a native of Great Britain. She has worked in East Africa as a teacher and lay mission- ary. She established the Genesis House, a ministry with prostitutes, in Chica- go. i u i i i i i i i ii II II II I I EDWINA GATELEY I I I I I I Guatemalan Indians seen lacking rights 500 years after Columbus By LAURIE HANSEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- An exiled Guatemalan leader at a symposium commemo- rating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' ar- rival in the Americas said that 500 years later her na- tion's indigenous peoples still are kept out of political decision-making. "If Indians are the majority of the population in Guatemala, why don't they participate in decisions that determine their destiny?" asked Rigoberta Menchu, a native of the Guatemalan ,'e- glen of Quiche who lives in exile in Mexico. "Why don't we, the indige- nous, who make up 65 per- cent of Cuatemalans, figure in the defining of what is cul- ture, science or technology in Guatemala?" asked Menchu, 32. "Why aren't Guatemala's widows given the chance to say what they think consti- tutes human rights?" she asked, making reference to the tens of thousands of women in Guatemala left widowed as a result of mas- sacres carried Otlt bv the ha- ' S hon ,' military sin(:(,' llw, ]al(; 1970s. Her questions drew Sl)onta- neous apphnise at a Sept. 4-7 Symt)osium of the Ameri(:as sponsor,,,d by the Smithsoni- an Institution in Washington. Speakers at the event includ- ed academics, poets, govern- ment officials, indigenous leaders and journalists from the United States and Latin America. Menchu, who left Guatemala in 1981, since that time has worked as a delegate to-the U.N. High Commis- sioner for Refugees in Geneva and as an international repre- sentative of a farm workers' defense committee based in Guatemala. In a Sept. 8 interview with Catholic News Service, Menchu said the last three decades have been particular- ly bloody in Guatemala be- cause they mar,a period when Guatemala s indige- nous peoples began to com- municate with each other and organize in their own de- fense. Before that time, she said, Guatemala's indigenous groups' 22 languages worked to separate them from each other. She said the nation's Indians worked quietly plant- ing and harvesting crops on large plantations owned by descendants of the colonizing Spaniards, foreigners or wealthy "ladinos," as Guatemalans of mixed Span- ish and Indian blood are called. But the system has broken down in the last three decades, she said. "Aware- ness has been heightened among the indigenous and or- ganizations have developed. Leaders have been born and begun to organize strikes and demonstrations for workers' rights," said Ms. Menchu, noting that the changes coin- cided with a growing move- ment of peoples from rural to urban areas. Her father, Vicente Menchu, was a Catholic cate- chist who helped to found an organization to protect farm- ers' rights when plantation owners began to take over land that traditionally had been worked by Indians. A number of the nation's top military officials are also landowners, she said, and took steps to prevent Indians from organizing. The result, she said, has been bloody massacres that continue into the 1990s. "Many of the atrocities com- mitted ... have not yet been recorded," said Menchu. During the worst years of the Guatemalan Army's coun- terinsurgency campaign in the late 1970s and early See GUATEMALAN page 15 HAUB STEAK HOUSE PRIME STEAKS - SEAFOOD - CHICKEN (1) 768-6462 LARGE PARTY ROOMS Haubstadt, Ind. lgi00Dubois County Bank YOUR FIVE STAR sERVICE BANK "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" Miller & Miller 424-9274 Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone:486-3285 19 set for Oct, 12, ...... TOM ZANZIG I I II I IIII I Stephen Ministry training courses offered in 1992 Leader's Training Cours- es for Stephen Ministries will be held in six locations in 1992, according to Grace Hughey, news editor of the St. Louis-based organization. Leader's Training Cours- es are typically attended by both clergy and lay leaders. The 1992 schedule follows: -- Jan. 5-17, Orlando, Fla. -- Feb. 2-14, San Anto- nio, Texas. -- April 26-May 8, St. Louis, Me. -- July 12-24, Berkeley, Calif. -- Aug. 2-14, Baltimore, Md. "The Stephen Series sys- tem emphasizes two elements of great importance to congre- gations -- lay ministry and caring ministry," said Dr. Kenneth Haugk, founder and executive director. "I firmly believe that these two taken together are a great antidote to apathy in congregations." Some 3000 congrega- tions, representing more than 60 denominations and all 50 states, have enrolled in the program, including St. Joseph Church, Jasper, St. John Church, Loogootee, and Holy Rosary Church, Evansville. Best Pizza in Town Pizza Pasta Salad Bar Sandwiches Nachos -!Free Deii00ery afte-r 4:00 p.m. mmmmmmmmmmmmm 864 S. Green River Rd. Lawndale Shopping Center Evansville, IN 474-1200 m Hwy 66 & 261 Newburgh, IN 853-9200 US 231 North Jasper, IN 634-1844