Colombia Accompaniment Report: Educating for Peace

In their second report, Ivan and John reflect on the Presbyterian Church of Colombia's role in educating for peace in a context of violence. Peace education happens in many places. Including in schools. The Colegio Americano and the Universidad Reformada, both under IPC direction, have incorporated peace education into their curriculum and their educational philosophy.

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Tierra Grata (Pleasant Land)

In their first report, John and Ivan reflect on visiting a transitional normalization zone in the Colombian countryside. The FARC, whose identifying initials mean Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has redefined itself as a political party, the party for Common Alternative Revolutionary Force. ZVTN’s were established to facilitate the demilitarization of FARC and are now helping former guerrillas to reintegrate into civilian life.

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Many Visits, One Theme

In their third report, Cathy and Peter Surgenor share a bit about hearing stories in the communities they visited. The violence for the past 30+ years has had a great impact on the lives of these families as well as on the country. We would sit down to talk and there would be gentle efforts to understand our limited español. But quickly the conversations would get deeper as our hosts began to tell their stories.

Colombia Accompanier Report: Saving the Church

There are two stories about an iglesia in the Humanitarian Zone. Maybe elements of both stories are true. When the plantation masters were departing, they tore down all the buildings. One story says that the women took up machetes and sticks and stood around the iglesia (where gas was already spread on the ground) and said, “You will need to kill us in order to burn this iglesia.” The other story says that the women gathered inside the iglesia and shouted out, “You must kill us to burn this iglesia.” So the presence of this building is an important statement for the community.

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. William Barber to Receive 2018 Peaceseeker Award

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship will honor Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. William Barber with the 2018 Peaceseeker Award at the Peace Breakfast on June 20 at the meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly in St. Louis. Founded in 1944, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is a nation-wide community of Presbyterians who seek to follow the nonviolence of Jesus by working to reduce war and violence in the world. The Peaceseeker Award is its highest honor.

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