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rev. sarah henken
Recently a group of Presbyterian Mission Agency personnel joined with ecumenical partners from across Latin America and the Caribbean and delegates from the World Council of Churches and the World Communion of Reformed Churches. They gathered in Bogotá, Colombia, at the “International Encounter for Reconciliation in Colombia: Ecumenical Experiences and Learnings in Peace Building.” The PMA delegation included Ellen Sherby, the Rev. Dr. Valdir França, Sue Rheem, and the Rev. Sarah Henken, PC(USA) mission co-worker serving in Colombia, a country seeking peace after more than 50 years of armed conflict.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Militarism Working Group’s newest Connecting the Dots webinar is scheduled for noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Presbyterian Mission Agency Mission co-workers the Rev. Sarah Henken and the Rev. Jed Koball led country-specific workshops Wednesday at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days virtual conference. Nearly 50 participants logged into the virtual format to hear first-person accounts, discussions, and practical solutions centering on building peace in Colombia and opposing state-sponsored violence in Peru.
A simple question asked nearly a decade ago by a Seattle-area pastor interested in learning more about the Presbyterian Church in Colombia has blossomed into a partnership that reflects a mutual passion for theological and academic inquiry, worship, faith and the desire to simply “be” together.
Presbyterian World Mission staff are hailing the announcement that the Rev. Adelaida Jiménez of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia has been named part of a peace process negotiating team tasked with brokering a peace agreement between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army.
A new video produced by World Mission’s Latin America and Caribbean office takes viewers through a sweep of the region, checking in with mission co-workers and PC(USA) partners to help Presbyterians learn more about their work and their love for the region and its people.
The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program will commission 33 members of the 2021-22 class virtually Sunday.
The ceremony will be carried live on the Young Adult Volunteer Facebook page at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
A multi-billion-dollar tax reform bill that would have increased taxes on basic necessities including food and utilities sent Colombians to the streets in late April to peacefully protest.
For the first time in the 30-year history of the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program, the COVID-19 global pandemic forced the program to be a virtual one during 2020-2021. Adapting quickly to the contextual realities was difficult, but according to participants, the virtual format has challenged them and help them grow.
The desire to gather around common prayers, shared music and the communion table brought several Presbyterian Mission Agency ministries together to create a Worldwide Worship Kit, launched in time for World Communion Sunday, October 4.