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News

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.”

Kansas couple learns new kind of mission experience as Colombia ‘accompaniers’

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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

Colombian peakemaker: “I want to present Colombia as a country where hope never dies

Colombia accompaniment program lauded by partner church leader at Big Tent workshop

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

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship requests prayer, action for Colombia after April 12 murder in the El Tamarindo area
PC(USA) accompaniers offer their solidarity and support. Read more

Indigenous groups present peace plan to Colombian government and FARC negotiators

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"

WCC and Latin American churches express hope for Colombia peace talk

"Violence and Reconciliation" by Mamie Broadhurst on the Dallas II: Better Together blog

"Standing with displaced Colombians" (Mamie Broadhurst and Richard Williams)

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

Interfaith group works to build peace in Bogotá

Colombian Presbyterian churches provide safe places for children

Accompaniment in Colombia affirmed

Statement of common witness — CLAI, NCC, CWS


Background

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.

Partner churches

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.

Alliance of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches of Latin America (AIPRAL)

Partner organization

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.

Presbytery partnerships

Presbytery of Miami Valley
Winnebago Presbytery

Colombia Mission Network

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 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 54

February 19

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