The Role of Faith Communities in the Colombian Peace Process

CLAI to hold International Ecumenical Consultation in April 2015

The Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) Colombian Roundtable invites to an International Ecumenical Consultation for Peace in Colombia.   The consultation will explore the role that faith communities can play in upholding the expected peace agreement between the Colombian Government and FARC.     It will be held in Bogota, Colombia from 9-11. April 2015.   More information is found below.


Bogota, April 9 through 11, 2015


Churches and the ecumenical movement have been participating as part of the social sector to support and send our proposals to the negotiation table established in Havana, Cuba between the Colombian Government and the FARC. In this process in May of 2013 during the CLAI Assembly in Havana, Colombian churches and ecumenical movement sent a proposal letter to the negotiation table and we held a dialogue with members of the negotiation. We have also dialogued with representatives from the ELN and sent messages to the Colombian Government insisting on the necessity of initiating formal dialogues that allow for a peace agreement. Given the advances in these processes and the challenges that we have as churches and ecumenical family in Colombia and globally, we are inviting you to participate in the International Ecumenical Meeting for Peace in Colombia. It will be held in Bogota, Colombia on April 9 through 11, 2015.

The meeting's objective is to foster a dialogue among representatives of Colombian and international churches and ecumenical organizations in order to advance an agenda which provides for the creation of a culture of reconciliation that contributes to a peace, which is the fruit of justice in Colombia. The proposed content and methodology is as follows:

        Context, dialogue advances, and perspectives on the agreement with the FARC and ELN.

       Biblical and theological perspectives of peace and reconciliation from churches and the ecumenical movement.

    Experiences and learnings from peace processes where the ecumenical movement has participated (Central America, Africa, and others).

    Experiences and learnings from churches and ecumenical organizations in the pursuit of peace in Colombia.

        Agenda, strategies, and actions from the ecumenical movement to contribute to peace and reconciliation as the fruit of justice.

The methodology will include presentations by people with experience and training on the topic of pursuing peace and reconciliation, as well as panels of representatives from organizations that accompany the dialogues, members of the negotiations, and social and ecumenical sectors. The meeting will have a facilitating team that will ensure each of the objectives is achieved.

We invite you to set aside this date in your calendar and in the coming days we will be sending more information on the meeting’s location and agenda.

On behalf of the organizing team:

Jenny Neme
Director of Mencoldes                                                                       

Milton Mejía
Program Coordinator FEES-CLAI

Posted by Karibu Foundation - Last updated 05.02.2015