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Colombian Pastors Visit the PC(USA) and Partners

Pastors Gloria Ulloa and Adelaida Jimenez Cortes (see photos and bios on the convocation page) of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia will be visiting the Presbyterian Church (USA) in late March/early April of 2011 for speaking engagements, advocacy on behalf of the IPC, and to tell the story of accompaniment. Below is their travel schedule, much of which is open to the public. If you would like to participate and visit with them, please be in touch with Rev.

Colombia: World Leader in Forced Displacement

From IPS

"We want to shout out to the world, and no one will be able to keep us silent: forced displacement is still happening in Colombia, which is why we are asking for solidarity. We aren't terrorists, we aren't criminals; we are farmers whose dignity and rights have been stolen from us."

These were the words of a community leader from the central department (province) of Tolima, who asked not to be identified because he has received threats.

Linda Eastwood Ordained!

Our own Linda Eastwood, Colombia Accompaniment Program Coordinator, was ordained to this position this past Sunday by the Presbytery of the Western Reserve, at her home congregation of Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church.

Congratulations, Linda!

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Jesus Emilio Tuberquia Speaking Tour

Jesus Emilio Tuberquia will be speaking in a nationwide U.S. tour from March 24 until April 20, 2011. He will talk about what led to his town’s decision to become a “Peace Community,” and the importance of international solidarity for their survival. Stops will include Austin (TX), Oakland (CA), Colorado Springs (CO), Albuquerque (NM), Chapel Hill (NC), Washington (DC), Utica (NY), and Chicago (IL).

Pentagon Building Bases in Central America and Colombia

Despite Constitutional Court Striking Down Base Agreement

The Fellowship of Reconciliation’s article on the expansion of US military presence in Colombia gives an important view into how the US military’s reach in Colombia continues to adapt to potential roadblocks to the US/Colombia Base Agreement of 2009—so that military intervention is not lessened or weakened. It is also important to note that military aid to Colombia does not just “benefit” military expansion in Colombia, but has regional and worldwide implications, that stretch beyond Colombia even to the Afghanistan War.

National Days of Action for Colombia

Be a voice for peace and justice in Colombia by joining thousands of activists, students and people of faith for the 6th Annual National Days of Action for Colombia.

With nearly five million people forced off their land, Colombia is home to the Western Hemisphere's greatest displacement crisis. More and more people are driven from their homes every day.

Congress on Urban Ministry: Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence

http://www.congressonurbanministry.org/

The 2011 Congress will EQUIP you to:

  • FIGHT the systems that create poverty
  • CONFRONT violence with the GOSPEL

Colombia Accompaniment Training

Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY

This training is full

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