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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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June 21, 2011

Ask your representative to sign letter on Colombia Free Trade Act

From our partners in the Presbyterian Hunger Program:

The Obama Administration has announced that it wants to push the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) through Congress before August, so we’re getting down to the wire. Our allies in Congress are stepping up their efforts to stop this trade agreement, but they need your help.

Click here to ask your representative to sign the congressional letter against the FTA!

Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) has written a strong letter to President Obama explaining how devastating the Free Trade Agreement would be for Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities already at risk ...

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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...

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April 13, 2010

Via Blanca

Via Blanca is a community of displaced persons in Colombia who are framing on land given to them by the mayor. In this pilot project, they are growing tomatoes, melons, and peppers. Members of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia and...

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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...

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July 25, 2009

To see and to be seen

Can you give a month to stand with our sisters and brothers in Colombia? Consider taking part in the next Colombia Accompaniment training - September 17 to 21, 2009 at Stony Point Center. The Colombia Accompaniment Program, now in its...

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February 25, 2009

To See and Be Seen in Colombia

The Colombia Accompaniment Program, a partnership of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, is entering its fifth year. The program arose from a request by our partner church, the Presbyterian Church of Colombia. Colombia has suffered four...

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