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Colombia Accompaniment Training

Thursday, March 10, 2016 to Monday, March 14, 2016

Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY

 

Press Release: Urgent Work on Tenth Anniversary of Colombia Accompaniment Program

A binational delegation of Presbyterians has spent the last week traveling in Colombia to carry out an evaluation of the Accompaniment Program for Peace that just passed its tenth anniversary in November 2014. The trip took on an added urgency on January 11, 2015 when the paramilitary group "Aguilas Negras" published death threats against a diverse group of human rights promoters, including several colleagues within the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia. Pastor Jairo Barriga, one of those named in the threat that he received directly by email, suggested that "in its own way, this is a clear sign that our accompaniment work has been evaluated and found to be effective by those whose interests are threatened by the possibility of an end to the armed conflict."

Carta Pastoral al Pueblo Colombiano y a nuestras Iglesias Hermanas ante las Amenazas contra Defensores y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos y contra las Iglesias de Barranquilla

English version

Felices quienes trabajan por la paz, porque serán reconocidos como hijos de Dios (Mateo 5:9)

Open Letter by the Human Rights Commission of the Congreso de los Pueblos

A Pastoral Letter to the People of Colombia and to our Sister Churches on the Threats Received by Human Rights Leaders and Against Congregations in Barranquilla

Version en español

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5.9)

On 15 January 2015 the country was informed through mass media that human rights leaders and churches in Barranquilla were threatened through flyers circulated on the First Sunday of Epiphany (11 January) 2015.

RSVP

Welcoming Immigrants: Strangers and Friends

The Rev. Kelly Allen, chair of the Mission Presbytery (South Texas) Immigration Task Force, talked of how churches in Texas are cooperating with other local agencies to respond to the surge of children and families fleeing violence in Central America, and the Rev. Linda Eastwood, a PPF National Committee member who worships with a New Sanctuary Movement congregation in Chicago, told stories and shared ways for congregations around the country to advocate for immigration reform and to protect immigrants facing deportation.

Colombia Delegation

Saturday, January 24, 2015 to Monday, February 2, 2015

Leaders from the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, the PC(USA), and the Presbyterian Church of Colombia (IPC) will meet in Colombia to engage in reflection around our first ten years together and discern together where God is leading us into the future.

The delegation will visit churches and projects in three different regions of Colombia.

For more information, contact Shannan Vance-Ocampo, svanceocampo@gmail.com.

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