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  • 6 Things We Learned in Colombia (3/11/2019) - The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship delegation to Colombia in January 2019 focused on learning about the Peace Accords–both at the government level and at the local grassroots level. We met with many communities of campesinos, people displaced by violence, people working to support children whose parents have been killed in the violence, and others. We also … Read More
  • The Will for Peace (2/22/2019) - This post was written by Ben McConaughy, a member of the delegation to Colombia in January 2019 and an elder from Seattle Presbytery. This post was originally written for and published on the Seattle Presbytery website.    The 60-year civil war in Colombia resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, 85,000 disappearances, many hundreds of … Read More
  • Restitution (2/12/2019) - This blog post is written by Alison Wood from Tucson, Arizona. Alison was part of the #PPFinColombia Delegation in January 2019 and served as an accompanier in Urabá in 2013. This post was originally published on Alison’s personal blog.  Today was my third guitar lesson. My teacher, generous human being that she is, greets me … Read More
  • International Solidarity is a Necessity (1/28/2019) - This post was written by delegate Courtney Hemmelgarn from Kettering, Ohio.  Before I get into this reflection, I want to clarify some vocabulary. Campesinos are farmers. Displaced means moved or removed from property or land, either by force or necessity of war, persecution, safety, or other reason. In the Colegio American (A mission of the … Read More
  • Back to the Promised Land (1/28/2019) - This blog post is written by Alison Wood from Tucson, Arizona. Alison is part of the #PPFinColombia Delegation and served as an accompanier in Urabá in 2013. This post was originally published on Alison’s personal blog.      “You can talk about forced displacement or voluntary displacement, but if you move because your neighbors or … Read More
  • Visiting Betty’s House (1/25/2019) - This post was written by Dottie Kline from Tuscaloosa, AL. Dottie and her husband Harvey were both delegates on the delegation to Colombia in January 2019.  Harvey and I visited a home in a barrio in the southwest of Barranquilla to learn about one of the Presbyterian outreach ministries. Germán drove us in his car, … Read More