A statement signed by 32 leaders of faith-based organizations and religious communities from across the United States in support of the advancing peace process in Colombia, urging United States government assistance for the implementation of a just and lasting peace, was released on Monday, May 18th as part of a Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia celebrated in the United States and Colombia.
As U.S. Christians, we call for a rejection of current policies of our government, which are based heavily on military power. We offer in its place an alternative approach, firmly rooted in Christ’s gospel of peace and implemented through non-violent actions in the hard work of peace, reconciliation and restorative justice. We recognize that the approach suggested here will require further elaboration.
There are new changes at one of the oldest peacemaking organizations in the country. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship has announced that Emily Brewer will become the group’s full-time Co-Director, with the current Co-Director, Rick Ufford-Chase, stepping into a volunteer leadership role as Co-Moderator.
The Trans Pacific Partnership is a global Free Trade Agreement being negotiated between the United States and 11 other nations that will lead to greater exploitation of global marginalized communities, a dismantling of national autonomy, and the unchecked destruction of the environment. To seek the Kingdom of God on earth, we must turn away from this institutional sin and follow Jesus in the ways of peacemaking.