Colombia on my mind…

Today I have the privilege of finding myself in Panama City, representing PC(U.S.A.) World Mission at a meeting with leadership of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) and representatives of churches and aid organizations from North America and Europe who partner with CLAI in various ways–the Consorcio CLAI.

Our final topic of conversation yesterday evening was the Human Rights Observatory in Honduras, followed by informal conversation that shed some light on my ignorance about Panama’s own history of human rights abuse and corruption. Hearing stories of the church’s struggle to give faithful witness to the gospel in these unthinkable situations both past and present, my more personal acquaintance with the church in Colombia was close to mind. The newsletter I wrote a few weeks ago reflects on these issues and my visit to Colombia in February. It’s been posted on Mission Connections and is on its way by post or email to many of you (please let me know if you’d like to be added to one of those lists).

The time is ripe for us to act with courage and creativity to promote abundant life for all of God’s good creation. Richard Williams wrote a powerful sermon on this theme for Mother’s Day, encouraging us to lend a hand in “God’s Easter work of creating new life, and indeed a new world, here among us.” An opportune way to do this today is with advocacy for Colombia along the lines called for by the PC(U.S.A.) General Assembly. You are invited to learn more and join efforts being organized to stop the Colombia Free Trade Agreement:

  • join in a webinar on May 27 with Lisa Haugaard, Shannan Vance-Ocampo, and Alexa Smith and discuss reasons why the church is opposed to this agreement as it currently stands and how to take action against it
  • join a conference call on May 17 to discuss concrete steps to act, centered around a weeklong fast that over 160 of our brothers and sisters in the Presbyterian Church of Colombia have committed to make together with us
Finally, please pray for me and the many others from around the globe traveling to Jamaica in the next few days for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation. On Thursday, May 19, I will be co-leading a workshop on the Colombia Accompaniment Program as a model for peacemaking. You are invited to participate by observing the World Sunday for Peace (May 22) in your congregation, too! Check out the resources available on the website, and please let me know about your experiences praying and working for peace in Colombia, at home, or around the world.

About Sarah

I serve with Presbyterian World Mission as liaison to the Andean region. This blog is a place to share stories, experiences, and observations, both my own and those of friends and colleagues and the occasional item of news.
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One Response to Colombia on my mind…

  1. Areta Crowell says:

    I thnak God daily for you and all you are doing in the name of PC(USA) as well as God’s – what a blessing to have you representing us. We just need to do beter to live up to our end of the communication! Having Julia Thorne at teh May 24 Pres. mtg will be a great encouragement to that end. Blessings!Areta

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