Colombia Accompaniment Training & Discernment Retreat

Friday, October 6, 2017 to Monday, October 9, 2017
Chicago, IL

This event is for those discerning whether to serve as nonviolent accompaniers through the Colombia Accompaniment Program. As a group, living and eating and praying together "on retreat" at the Maria Kaupas Center at 2740 West 68th Street, Chicago, IL, we carry out an intensive study of human-displacement by violence in Colombia, and of links to US foreign policy. We learn about how the church in Colombia has responded (including its commitment to non-violence), and we consider what it means for us to respond as accompaniers in Colombia and as advocates back in the US. We hear the voices of some of those directly involved in both the problems and the response. There is time set aside for individual discernment of call (or not) to serve as accompaniers.

Each person accepted for training is expected to pay their own travel costs to and from Chicago and arrive Friday afternoon and stay through Monday lunch. Each person accepted is also expected to commit some time before training to read and consider pre-study materials.

Contact Lora Burge at for details.