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Presbyterian partner leading the World Council of Churches in Latin America

Colombian Presbyterian pastor works for peace, human rights

December 3, 2013

LOUISVILLE

The Rev. Gloria Ulloa was recently named president of the World Council of Churches for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has been a long time leader in the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, a partner of Presbyterian World Mission. 

The WCC is an international fellowship of Christian churches, built upon the foundation of dialogue and collaboration. Ulloa’s appointment took place in early November at the WCC Assembly in Busan, South Korea. 

Rick Ufford-Chase is the executive director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and has worked directly with Ulloa. He feels her appointment will bring positive things for the most marginalized.

“She is a consummate pastor, a strong and vocal advocate for the protection of human rights, and a true prophet,” Ufford-Chase said. “Her partnership with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship in the United States has been pivotal in our accompaniment work with the Presbyterian Church of Colombia. Gloria has been a teacher for all of us who have had the good fortune to work with her.” 

It is a sentiment echoed by those within the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, including the Rev. Diego Higuita, who serves as general secretary.

“We know this will be a great opportunity to work for the unity of the churches around the central themes of the two regions especially in approaches to justice and peace,” Higuita wrote following Ulloa’s appointment within WCC.

Please keep Ulloa in your prayers as she begins this next phase in her service to all God’s people. 

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