Prayers and support needed for peace in Colombia
Leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, as well as leaders in other churches, have received very public death threats. A coalition of churches and peacemaking organisations in Colombia responded in a pastoral letter which states, in part: We consider that the threat to churches in Barranquilla, and to five of its leaders, are a result of their evangelical commitment of these faith communities which have been working arduously in the past years in supporting communities who are victims of violence, and in the peacemaking and reconciliation. These ministries – in congregations, parishes, religious communities, and confessions of faith – are now threatened to the point where our fellow priests, monks, nuns, pastors, and leaders who accompany these communities have had to abandon their cities, and even the country for:
• saying the truth according to the Gospel
• supporting the peace process according to the Gospel
• providing religious services without partiality and without regard where anyone stands politically
—World Communioin of Reformed Churches
Colombian Presbyterians combat persistent violence, express appreciation for PC(USA) accompaniers, Colombia International Peacemaker Yasmin Christina Garcia Mosquera says
Transformative workshop with indigenous women addresses gender-based violence
The conference on contextual Bible studies, which also addressed economic empowerment, was spnosred by Episcopal Relief & Development and the New York-based Trinity Foundation
Uprooted by force: Displacement and eviction in Colombia—Sarah Henken/PNS
Promises of peace arising from negotiations between the Colombian government and guerilla forces are a hopeful sign, but an end to hostilities will not bring wholeness and restoration to the displaced and other victims of armed conflict. The churches in Colombia are discerning the ways that they can be agents of reconciliation in a hoped-for “post-conflict” time. Let us pray and work for a peace worth living.
PC(USA) General Assembly vice moderator, other leaders visit Colombia church partnee
"Your coming reaffirms our faith,” said Bernardino López, moderator of the Presbytery of Urabá. “We learn we are not, in fact, a small church. We’re a very large church because of our ties to the church around the world.”
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The PC(USA) vice moderator reflects on a recent trip to Colombia
After 65 years, will peace finally come to Colombia?
An interview with Ricardo Esquivia, Commission for Restoration, Life, and Peace of the Colombian Council of Evangelical Churches
Key Land Reform Accord in Colombia’s Peace Talks
Colombian government and guerrilla delegates have announced an agreement on the question of land reform—an important step in the peace talks that began six months ago in Havana.—Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency(ALC)
Accompaniment programs and a unified voice of churches are critical to the peace process in Colombia, say church leaders at Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) meeting in Havana
Conservative offshoot of the Presbyterian Church in Colombia rejects the PC(USA)'s ordination standards but reaffirms partnership
The Reformed Synod of the Presbyterian Church in Colombia: "We have different points of view, but as brothers and sisters in Christ, we will continue the commitment of brotherhood to keep working for the benefit of the people of God"
Colombian indigenous group demands end to fighting between government, rebels
Presidnt Juan Manuel Santos meets with native protesters
Reflection from Sarah Henken: The Mission Example of the Colombia Accompaniment Program, on the Dalas II: Better Togerher blog
Working for Evangelism, Education, & Social Services in Colombia—a commentary by Rev. Diego Higuita Arango, General Seretary, Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia, on the Dalas II: Better Togerher blog
Missionaries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s predecessor established its first permanent mission in Latin America in Bogota. This culminated in the first Presbyterian Church, founded in Bogotá in 1856. With our partner church and mission personnel, Presbyterians are involved in education, leadership development, theological training, youth programs and social advocacy for human rights and peace. Our partners in Colombia are faithful witnesses, persevering as God’s people in the midst of struggle.
We support the ministries of our partners in the face of violence and instability within their country. We strive to be a faithful voice for them to the world at large and within our own church.
Read a brief history of Colombia.
The Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (PCUS) established a mission in Bogota, Colombia, in 1856, its first permanent mission in Latin America. The first Protestant schools in Colombia were founded by Presbyterians — one for girls in 1869 and a school for boys the following year. In 1888 a second Presbyterian station was opened in Barranquilla, with a third at Medellín in 1889. The Presbyterian Church of Colombia (IPC) is a result of these early efforts.
Presbyterian Church of Colombia (IPC)
In the early 1990s differences within the IPC threatened to divide the church, the only PC(USA) partner in South America that had not experienced a split. A split was narrowly averted, however, in 1993 with an agreement to have two separate synods, the Reformed Synod and the Synod. The agreement commits each synod to respect the other and to cooperate in theological education, social service projects and church celebrations. The IPC has historically been committed to ecumenical cooperation, the defense of human rights and the struggle for peace. The IPC strives for leadership development, especially among young people of the church.
Reformed University of Colombia (CUR)
Formerly the Presbyterian Theological Seminary of the Gran Colombia, the School of Theology is now part of the Reformed University of Colombia (CUR). The CUR received formal recognition from the Colombian government in May 2002. The university provides degree programs for Reformed theological education for Protestants throughout the region.
Colombia Mission Network
- For information contact Mamie Broadhurst
The Colombia Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.
Learn more about Colombia
Visit the BBC country profile.
See the 2015 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 57