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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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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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July 11, 2011

Supporting Human Rights in Colombia

Presbyterian efforts to support our sisters and brothers in Colombia in their efforts to protect human rights continue.

The Presbyterian Church of Colombia has stated its opposition to the Colombia Free Trade Agreement and has called the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to join in advocacy against its passage.

Presbyterians have called President Obama. The Office of Public Witness helped organize and plan an interfaith prayer breakfast.

On July 11, four members of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship were arrested during a peaceful, nonviolent witness.

Now you can call your member of Congress to vote no on the Colombia Free Trade ...

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May 3, 2011

Register for Peacemaking Conference and Pre-Conference at the Big Tent

Register NOW for the Peacemaking Conference and Pre-Conference at Big Tent June 30-July 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN The Big Tent ― the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s biennial celebration of ministry and mission ― will be pitched in Indianapolis June 30-July...

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March 29, 2011

Peacemaking in Colombia: Event at Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

For those in New York City: Building Sustainable Communities of Peace in Colombia A Conversation and Brown Bag Lunch with The Rev. Adelaida Jiménez Cortes and The Rev. Gloria Ulloa Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Noon – 1:00 PM Church Center...

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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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November 12, 2010

Peacemakers visit Colombia

Check out the Presbyterian News Service story about a visit to Colombia by the Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, director of Colombia Programs for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Shannan the group she was with saw firsthand some of the effects of U.S.-operated...

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July 14, 2010

God, You Spoke Your Word Through Amos

“God, You Spoke Your Word Through Amos” is a new hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. This hymn was originally written to support Bread for the World's Bread for the Preacher, July 2010. Carolyn is the author of of over 160...

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April 7, 2010

Zaccheus Was a Tax Man

Bread for the World encourages congregations to observe Sunday, April 11, or Wednesday, April 14, as "Tax Day:" a to think and pray about the role of taxes and tax credits. Bread has created free resources to help mark the...

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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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March 28, 2010

On the road to Colombia

In the morning, I depart for Colombia. This involves waking up at 4:00 or so in the blessed a.m. But I will be strong. And I can sleep on airplanes. I will be part of a group of Presbyterians, many...

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January 29, 2010

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Convocation

Convocation of Peacemakers April 15-17, 2010 a national gathering of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship to deepen the commitment to nonviolence and radical discipleship in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship invites you into a hard conversation about nonviolence,...

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November 12, 2009

Give Now to Help Presbyterian Students’ Peacemaking Efforts

A group of college students from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-related College of Wooster need financial help to attend the national November Vigil to Close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Georgia. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) has established...

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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...

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October 23, 2009

Stopping torture - an Advent resource

The National Religious Coalition Against Torture announces a new resource [PDF] for Christian clergy to use during Advent 2009. With sections for all four Sundays in Advent, as well as Christmas Eve, the new resource [PDF] provides commentary on the...

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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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November 12, 2008

Vigil at Fort Benning, GA

November 21-23, 2008: Thousands will converge on Fort Benning, Georgia for the November Vigil to Close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (Formerly Known as the School of the Americas). Join the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) for a breakfast...

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August 25, 2008

Gun Violence and Gospel Values

The 2008 Peacemaking Colloquium "Gun Violence and Gospel Values" DATE: Monday, September 15 to Wednesday, September 17, 2008 TIME: lunch to lunch LOCATION: Stony Point Center 17 Crickettown Road Stony Point, NY 10980 845-786-5674 800-253-4285 Register now! (PDF) Gun violence...

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July 2, 2008

Standing with Our Sisters and Brothers

Is God calling you to nonviolent action following Jesus Christ? Consider serving in the Colombia Accompaniment Program. The people of Colombia have endured over forty years of violence and warfare. A variety of "armed actors" are present in the country:...

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