Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) blogs

Swords into plowshares

Subscribe to this blog feed icon

About this blog

Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.

Recent posts



See all PC(USA) Blogs

PC(USA) Home

Posts with tag: colombia accompaniment program

April 22, 2013

Advocacy Alert CORRECTION AND UPDATE: El Tamarindo, Colombia

An update from our partners in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship:



Thank you to the many of you who have already begun reaching out in response to our urgent action this Saturday.  We wanted to provide A CORRECTED E-MAIL ADDRESS and a few critical updates based on some of the feedback we have received and some of the communications we have already seen some write:

1)  The email to the State Department as given was incorrect.  It is:   (That’s ColOmbia, not ColUmbia.  We can’t believe we passed on the wrong version!)  

2)  Please remember in ...

Read more

April 22, 2013

Urgent Action Requested from our partners in ministry of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia: Justice for murdered land rights defender and his community

Our partners in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship have asked that we share the information below from our partners in ministry of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia.


Yesterday we received an urgent communication from the Rev. Jaira Barriga of the Presbytery of the North Coast in Colombia concerning the murder on April 12, 2013, of a young man, Narcisco Enrique Teheran Mejia.  His murder followed a series of death threats and paramilitary operations in an area called El Tamarindo in the municipality of Galapa, near the city of Barranquilla.  Mr. Teheran was the son of a land restitution activist and was ...

Read more

October 25, 2012

A revolutionary idea

Mamie Broadhurst and German Zarate“There is nothing more revolutionary than the idea ‘love your neighbor!’' Germán Zárate reminded the group who gathered at the Church Center for the United Nations on October 23, 2012. Germán, Director of the Diaconal of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia and the Rev. Mamie Broadhurst, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker in Colombia, spoke about the ministry of the church in Colombia.

The Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia, supported by U.S.-based partners, ministers to our sisters and brothers who have been displaced in Colombia. This ministry involves working to address the human rights crisis ...

Read more

August 20, 2012

Being church together: Colombia Accompaniment Program

Would you be interested in volunteering to spend a month "being church together" with the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, in their work alongside victims of violence?  While Spanish is preferred, it is not essential. (We'll pair you with a Spanish speaker.)  Nor do you have to be Presbyterian.  The key requirements are open ears and heart, and the willingness to tell the Colombia story back in the U.S. when you return.  If you're interested, you'll want to attend one of the upcoming training / discernment sessions at Stony Point, New York - October 25-29, 2012 and March 14-18 ...

Read more

June 21, 2012

Seeking peace in Colombia

Map of ColombiaThe 219th General Assembly (2010) approved an overture “On Assisting with a Process for Negotiation of a Peace Accord in Colombia.”

The action directed “the Stated Clerk of the PC(USA) to write the administration of President Barack Obama and the Congress of the United States of America seeking the permanent suspension of the U.S. military use of seven Colombian bases initiated in 2009.”

The General Assembly further directed “appropriate offices of the General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC) to work with ecumenical partners to monitor and post periodic updates on the impact of United States military use of ...

Read more

September 9, 2011

Antonio has been found

Good news!

We have learned that Antonio Ariza has been found and is alive. We will post more information as we receive it.

Thank you so much to everyone for your outreach, advocacy and prayers.

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

Please continue to pray and act for God's children who have been disappeared in Colombia and around the world.

Read more

September 7, 2011

Act for Antonio

Image of AntonioI did not sleep well last night. Of course I rarely sleep well, but last night I knew why.

It is hard to sleep, at least for me, when my heart aches even more than usual.

I learned on Monday night that Antonia Ariza went missing on September 1, 2011 in Colombia. The information came from our partners in the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia. Antonio has been working with the church for a number of years in their ministry of accompaniment with people who have been displaced in Colombia.

Despite the ongoing and repeated threats to his life, Antonio has ...

Read more

September 5, 2011

Praying for Antonio

Photo of a manI pray with many others tonight for our friend Antonio in Colombia. I had the privilege to meet Antonio during Easter week of 2010. He is a leader of an organization of people who have been internally displaced within Colombia. The oganization seeks to return people to land they can work for their living. His is risky work. He has received threats before.

Four days ago, Antonio disappeared.

Too many have been disappeared in too many places around the world. On August 30, the International Day of the Disappeared, I prayed for sisters and brothers unknown.

Tonight, I pray with ...

Read more

August 6, 2011

Glory to God and Peace on Earth


The International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) gathered in Kingston, Jamaica on May 17-25, 2011. The IEPC was a "harvest festival" that celebrated the achievements of the Decade to Overcome Violence, which began in 2001. Sarah Henken and Mark Koenig led a workshop on Accompaniment as Peacemaking that featured the Colombia Accompaniment Program. Here are some resources from the IEPC to help individuals and churches to renew their commitment to nonviolence, peace and justice:

IEPC message

Ecumenical Call to Just Peace

Just Peace Companion

Final report of the Decade to Overcome Violence

Bible Study reflections

IEPC logo used with permission from ...

Read more

January 24, 2011

Colombia Accompaniment Program seeking volunteers

Can you give a month to accompany our Colombian sisters and brothers in the midst of violence? Consider participating in the Colombia Accompaniment Program. Leaders in the Presbyterian Church of Colombia are taking great risks in their human rights work...

Read more

December 19, 2010

Flooding, disappearances, and hope: Colombia updates

The people of Colombia face floods: Colombia: Floods 2010 - Situation Report #10 UN agencies in Colombia allocate funds for flood emergency response The people of Colombia have endured numerous disappearances: Disappearances in Colombia on a Scale Never Imagined Breaking...

Read more

April 18, 2010

The people refuse to give up hope

On Maundy Thursday (April 1), participants in the evaluation of the Colombia Accompaniment Program visited Via Blanca outside Galapa. The following reflection was written about the event. This morning we visited a rural displaced community of people who are farming...

Read more

March 30, 2010

Face the displaced: Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia

Barranquilla, Colombia Here's the ask: Participate in the Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia. This year's focus is on Colombians who are internally displaced. Here's the background: Those of us who have gathered to discuss the Colombia Accompaniment Program,...

Read more

March 30, 2010

Why we are in Colombia

A post by Elizabeth Palmberg today on the Sojourners blog underscores why our current delegation is in Colombia and why the Presbyterian Church in Colombia, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship are engaged in the Colombia Accompaniment...

Read more

November 23, 2009

Support human rights in Colombia

Through November 24, a letter calling for change in U.S. policy towards Colombia will be circulating through the House of Representatives. This letter calls for a decrease in U.S. aid for Colombia's military and an increase in support for human...

Read more

November 5, 2009

Witness and vigil at Fort Benning

Join the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship on November 20-22 at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA. They will be part of the annual event to close the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation training facility. This year's event will also call for...

Read more

September 2, 2009

This Thursday evening, every Thursday evening . . .

. . . pray with and for the people of Colombia. Our sisters and brothers in Christ in Colombia have invited us to join with faithful people in Colombia's ecumenical community and around the world in praying for peace, justice,...

Read more

May 31, 2008

International Peacemaker from Colombia

The Rev. Diego Higuita-Arango Unfortunately, when many Americans think of Colombia (PDF), two things come instantly to mind: coffee and cocaine. But Colombians would like Americans and the rest of the world to know that there is much, much more...

Read more