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La Alemania: A Positive Note

In conversations with various groups of people throughout the Finca including the military, we understand that the “bad guys”, who are still in the area, are not presently causing problems. People reported to us that they suffer from the effects of past violence, but that conditions are getting better.

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Courage and Faith in the Face Pressure

After Jim and Paul arrived in Barranquilla and had the opportunity to experience the last few days of Carnival, we visited several churches in the city before spending a number of days in a community of displaced persons. This community is under pressure from multi-national corporations who want to develop the land on which they have lived for many years.

Colombia Accompaniment Report: The Legacy of Violence--and New Life--in La Alemania

Received February 24, 2014 from Barranquilla-based February accompaniers Nancy and Ted Collins. Nancy and Ted recently returned to the United States, having finished their term of service on February 28.

Colombia Accompaniment Report: The Church in Northern Colombia

We attended a small rural church our first Sunday in Colombia. While waiting for the service to begin, I noticed a poster made of small squares on which members had written their dreams for the New Year. Love, peace, and kindness were some of the thoughts expressed on this quilt of dreams.

Letter: "Colombia and the U.S. Must Prioritize Protection of Afro-Colombians"

The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship has joined dozens of other organizations in signing on to a letter from the Washington Office on Latin America calling for the protection of Afro-Colombians

SOA Watch Spring Days of Action

Sunday, March 30, 2014 to Thursday, April 3, 2014

Location: Washington, D.C.

Full information at http://www.soaw.org/take-action/april

 

Colombia Accompaniment Report: Finding Hope in Colombia

Nancy and Ted Collins write about the signs of hope they have seen during their accompaniment work in Barranquilla, Colombia with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.

Covert CIA Operations in Colombia Officially Brought to Light…and Why It Matters to People of Faith

Colombia and our military involvement there is a jumping off point for many of the larger concerns that occupy our thoughts these days. Our partnership through the Accompaniment Program in Colombia has brought us face-to-face with communities and people with whom we have sacred relationships. As leaders in our faith-communities who might fall or have already fallen into the trap of weariness or tiredness with the ever-constant, seemingly impossible to work against drumbeat of war-making we must pick ourselves up to re-engage.

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