At its most basic, peacemaking is about relationship-making among individuals and communities whether they are strangers, enemies, or friends. Peacemaking as relationship-making has its roots in the Hebrew and Christian Testaments. Perhaps even more significantly, peacemaking as relationship-making has been evidenced in my life in concrete, embodied experiences with women, children, and men in the communities where I have been in ministry with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)*.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Prov 8:1-4, 22-31
Prayers for Colombia:
Holy God, Today we pray for peace in Colombia. For more than fifty years guerrillas have been fighting with the Colombian government and the violence from both sides has killed tens of thousands and made more than 5 million to flee their homes and become refugees or internally displaced persons. But today we rejoice because the guerrillas and the Colombian government are engaged in official peace dialogues. We pray that the cries of our sisters and brothers in Christ from Colombia be heard. We join with them in calling for your peace and your justice to prevail. We pray that your wisdom and your understanding (Prov. 8, 1) guide the leaders of the Peace Commission of the Evangelical Council of Colombia as they work with those affected by the violence of war, while raising a prophetic voice for peace and justice. We too cry out for all who live (Prov. 8,4)… in Colombia, in the United States and around the world. Amen
Mission Stewardship Moment from Colombia:
For the past 8 months the Colombian government has been in peace-talks with that South American country’s oldest and largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). While negotiators from both sides have been circumspect with information our Colombian brothers and sisters tell us that they believe progress is being made and they are working hard support this peace process.
Our partner in Colombia, through Global Ministries, is the Peace Commission of the Evangelical Council of Colombia. They represent over 100 different Protestant, Evangelical and Anabaptist denominations in Colombia and work to support the victims of the conflict and churches who are caught in the midst of the ongoing violence.
Later this coming week (May 30-June 9), a delegation from the Central Atlantic and Connecticut Conferences of the United Church of Christ will visit our partners in Colombia. We pray for their safety and courage as they travel with a message of encouragement and hope for our partners in Colombia.
They will also be learning of the ways in which our own country is connected to this conflict. By sending billions of dollars of military aid to the government as well as being the source country for most of the weapons used by the illegal armed groups – guerrillas and paramilitaries… not to mention drugs, which have caused so much damage to our communities, but that also provide funding for all sides of the war in Colombia. May we now join in prayer and active support for peace in Colombia.
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Michael Joseph)
Mission Partner in Colombia:
CEDECOL - Concilio Evangelico de Colombia
Video Resources about Colombia:
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Global Ministries Missionary in Colombia:
Michael Joseph, a member of First Congregational Church, Washington, D.C., serves the Restoration, Life and Peace Commission of the Council of Evangelical Churches (CEDECOL). He provides pastoral critical presence to church leaders and lay people who are living in life-threatening situations.
I can hardly believe that another year of ministry here in Colombia has come and gone… and what a year it has been!Read more
A large group of auto workers at General Motors in Colombia were injured on the job, then fired by General Motors and denied severance or workers compensation. For more than a year the workers have been demanding justice, appealing for GM to recognize their work-place injuries and offer them due compensation.Read more
Brothers and sisters in the struggle: It is for us an enormous blessing to count on your support. We never thought that our simple struggle would result in such a beautiful show of solidarity. It definitely unites our wish for the same cause of justice that you desire in your beautiful country.Read more
Read the 2011 report from the CEDECOL Women's Network in Colombia.Read more
Michael Joseph serves the Restoration, Life and Peace Commission of the Council of Evangelical Churches (CEDECOL). He provides pastoral critical presence to church leaders and lay people who are living in life-threatening situations. During a webinar on May 2nd, he shared about his experience in Colombia as he accompanies the Peace Commission of CEDECOL in their ministry.Read more
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has requested its member churches to advocate for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Colombia, the full respect of human rights and the cessation of the so called "Plan Colombia."Read more