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.