Accompaniment is the great theme of the Bible. It is the window through which we should see the whole of the Gospel and the entire meaning of our faith. Accompaniment is what it is all about.
With those words, Tom Driver began a sermon for Maundy Thursday, 2010. Tom was in Colombia for a time of reflection and evaluation of the Colombia Accompaniment Program. The program had begun in 2004 when the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia (IPC) sent a message to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We are being threatened, they said. If you sent some people here to be with us without weapons, we think we would be safer. We need accompaniment.
Special to Presbyterian News Service
by the Revs. Linda Eastwood and Shannan Vance-Ocampo
LOUISVILLE — Colombian and U.S. Presbyterians who have partnered for more than six years to protect human rights workers in Colombia are calling on their sisters and brothers in both countries to take accompaniment to the next level.
Labor, Peace & Justice Groups -- including Witness for Peace and the USW -- are organizing a demonstration at the Chiquita shareholders' meeting in Cincinnati on May 26. As you know, Chiquita pled guilty to paying paramilitary groups in Colombia over a 7 year period, and government documents released in the past few weeks demonstrate what we have suspected all along - that these payments were not for "protection" from extortionists as Chiquita and the U.S.
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The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and the Igleslia Presbiteriana de Colombia invite you to join us in a seven day public fast, June 5-12, 2011, to oppose the U.S./Colombia Free Trade Agreement becoming law.
160 Colombian Presbyterians have already committed to join us to resist the US/Colombia FTA! Join our growing community of resistance!
We are fasting because the result of the U.S./Colombia FTA will almost certainly be hunger and increased suffering for the poorest and most vulnerable of Colombia's citizens.
In light of the massive violations to human rights that will be visited upon the people of Colombia, especially the poor, already displaced, Afro-Colombian, and sacred indigenous people of the land, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and the Igleslia Presbiteriana de Colombia invite concerned individuals and communities to participate in a seven day public fast, June 5-12, 2011, to end the violation of Colombian human rights that are assured if the US/Colombia FTA become law.