Say No to Military Intervention in Venezuela

Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ has been engaged in a relationship of solidarity and accompaniment with the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela for more than 60 years. Now we watch with deep concern the recent talk of United States military intervention in that country.

The United Church of Christ is a Just Peace Church, and as such, we know there is a peaceful way to solve the political and economic crises now facing Venezuela. Any US military intervention in Venezuela, or along its border with Colombia, would exacerbate the current crises. Every time Venezuela, or any other country in Latin America and the Caribbean, has suffered a military episode in its recent times, the lives of the poorest and the most vulnerable populations have been severely damaged.

Military intervention in Venezuela would bring back the darkest pages in the history of our country when our government helped overthrew the governments in the region that did not fully support our policies.

Now is the time to let Congress and the President know that as people of faith we do not support military intervention in Venezuela or along its borders. We call for dialogue, peace, and self-determination for Venezuelans.

 

Save the date: Webinar regarding the situation in Venezuela on March 14.

Global Ministries is arranging for a webinar regarding the situation in Venezuela, as seen, lived and reflected by representatives of our partner there - the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela (UEPV, acronym in Spanish).  Rev. Gamaliel Lugo, UEPV's General Bishop and President will be the main presenter on the webinar on March 14, 2019, at 11:00 AM (Eastern Time).  Rev. Dr. Carmelo Álvarez, Global Service Co-worker and former Mission Co-worker in Venezuela, will be assisting as a translator and resource person for the Webinar. 


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  • Angel L. Rivera Agosto
    commented 2019-03-01 09:07:25 -0500
    Thanks for your comments, Frederick. It is our purpose to continue advocating for peace with justice in Venezuela. Please, stay tuned for our next Webinar on the matter, to be held on March, 14th, 2019, at 11:00 AM, Eastern Time. Blessings. Angel Luis Rivera-Agosto.
  • Frederick Trost
    commented 2019-02-27 15:58:55 -0500
    Thank God members of the UCC, are speaking up and acting out in relation to current U.S. foreign policy towards Venezuela. We have seen all of this before in both Democratic and Republican administrations:
    weaken a country economically in Central and in South America, threaten its leadership if it opposes us in any way, fake “humanitarian” and “democratic” motives, and, if necessary, crush those who resist via violent threats and military intervention. The infamous "School of the Americas. located for many years at Fort Benning, Georgia, offers shameful evidence of the cruelty and arrogance that define our brutal history. Teilhard de Chardin’s words ring true in the face of our inhumanity: “Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity we shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.” May we have faith to work and pray for peace and reconciliation, and to do so… without ceasing! (Frederick Trost, Wisconsin)