Public Letter from Churches and Faith Based Colombian and International Organizations to the Colombian Government and the ELN

April 1, 2016

 

Juan Manuel Santos

President of Colombia

 

Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista

Commander of the National Liberation Army (ELN)

 

            And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of                                                                                                      righteousness. James 3:18

Our joy over the beginning of the public phase of dialogs between the government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN)

Warm greetings in the name of all the religious communities that we accompany.

We understand through our faith that peace is a gift from God, constructed in society through the generous and extensive efforts of all the actors involved in conflicts. It is for this reason that we express our desire and prayer that in the current Colombian context dialogs take place, not only between the government and the FARC-EP, but also between the government and the ELN guerrilla, especially when a public announcement of formal dialogues has been made.

 

  1. Above all, we want to express our joy over the beginning of the public phase of the dialogs between the Colombian government and the ELN. As we had expressed in previous communications, to hope for peace in Colombia without the involvement of all insurgencies would make a comprehensive peace impossible. We encourage all parties to use all of their wisdom and their love for Colombia and for the Latin American region, in order to develop the agreed upon agenda, looking towards a horizon of peacebuilding that is the fruit of justice and conforms to God’s will. 

 

  1. We are aware that a comprehensive peace must take into consideration the advances in the dialogs between the government and the FARC-EP, as well as the specificities of the talks between the government and the ELN guerrillas. We also believe that the processes must come together creatively to lay the foundation for peacebuilding.

 

  1. We are concerned that the pursuit of peace is being threatened by the ever-increasing paramilitary presence in large parts of Colombia and by the crimes committed against social movements. We call on the government of Colombia to seek effective solutions to these threats that affect rural communities and those who work in peacebuilding.

 

  1. Likewise we call on the ELN to continue to make real their determination to free all detained or abducted persons in their power and to cease all future kidnappings or detainments.

 

  1. We also consider that, while each of the dialogs with each of the insurgencies, must come together at some point, the particular dynamics of each dialog must be respected, by not trying to ensure that the following decisive phases conclude at the same time: the signing of a bilateral ceasefire, the signing of final accord or the mechanisms that will be adopted for citizen approval of the accords.

 

  1. The government and the ELN must use creative strategies that allow for a bilateral ceasefire. Continuing with the armed confrontation will continue to generate losses of life, that with a decision of both parties, can be avoided. Likewise, a ceasefire will generate a more relaxed environment for the development of the important agreed upon agenda.

 

  1. As churches and national and international faith-based organizations, articulated with DiPaz, we offer for the consideration of the dialoging parties our modest services. These services can be used towards the development of the agenda, the oversight thereof, and/or pedagogy around the ending of confrontation, among others, based on the mission both parties see fit to allow us to develop.

 

We trust that the God of life, of justice, and of reconciliation will inspire your steps in the way of peace.

 

Firman:

 

  1. Iglesia Luterana de Colombia IELCO

 

  1. Comunidades Construyendo Paz en los Territorios

CONPAZ. Colombia

 

  1. Rev Jairo Barriga

Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia

 

  1. Rev. Chris Ferguson. Secretario General.

Comunión Mundial de Iglesias Reformadas. CMIR

 

  1. Rev. Milton Mejía.

Secretario General

Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias  CLAI

 

  1. Rev. Dr. Dario Barolin

Secretario Ejecutivo

Asociación de Iglesias Presbiterianas y Reformadas de América Latina

AIPRAL

 

  1. Dra. Sherron Hunter

Chicago Religious Latino American Network

CRLN. USA

 

  1. Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz

Colombia

 

  1. Mónica Velasquez

Programa Dh infancia y género

Asociación Pacto Colombia

 

  1. Edith Muñoz

Movimiento Estudiantil Cristiano Mec Bogotá – Mec Colombia

 

  1. Rvda. Julia Brown Karimu,

Presidenta, División de Ministerios de Ultramar

Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) en los Estados Unidos y Canadá

Co-Ejecutiva de los Ministerios Globales

 

  1. Jenny Neme. Directora

Asociación Menonita JUSTAPAZ. Colombia

 

  1. Luis Ma. Alman Bornes –

Iglesia Anabautista Menonita de Buenos Aires. Argentina

 

  1. Ricardo Pinzón

Director

Fundación Menonita para el Desarrollo de Colombia MECOLDES

 

  1. Prof. Dr. Fernando Enns, Amsterdam

Center for Religion and Peace & Justice Studies,

VU Free University Amsterdam. Holanda

 

  1. César García

Secretario General

Congreso Mundial Menonita

 

17.Ptr. Lácides Hernandez

Director

Confraternidad Carcelaria de Colombia

 

  1. Norma Inés Bernal V. 

Hermanas Auxiliadoras del Purgatorio.

Asociación Codo a Codo. 

GEMPAZ. 

 

  1. C.B.T. CENTRO BIBLICO TEOLOGICO,Cali

Iglesias Hermanos Menonitas DIHMENO.

Iglesias Valle y Cauca. Colombia

Pastor Francisco Mosquera

 

  1. James Patton

Executive Vice President/COO

International Center for Religion & Diplomacy

http://www.icrd.org

 

  1. Rvdo. Dr. James Moos,

Ministro Ejecutivo, Ministerios de la Iglesia más Amplia

Iglesia Unida de Cristo de los Estados Unidos

Co-Ejecutivo de los Ministerios Globales

 

  1. Rvdo. Angel L. Rivera Agosto

Ejecutivo de Área para América Latina y el Caribe

Ministerios Globales, ICDCEE.UU. y Canadá e IEUEE.UU

 

  1. Celeste Larkin

Public Policy Coordinator

Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America

 

  1. Humberto Martín Shikiya

Director General CREAS

Centro Regional Ecuménico de Asesoría y Servicio. Argentina

 

  1. Miguel Tomàs Castro,

Pastor de La Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel de San Salvador 

 

  1. Medardo Ernesto Gómez Soto, Obispo Sínodo Luterano Salvadoreño

IPAZ Iniciativa pastoral por la vida y la paz del Salvador

FUNVIPAZ Fundación para la vida y por la paz del Salvador

 

  1. Emily Brewer

Executive co-director

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship,

 

  1. Pastor Santiago Flores

Iglesia Reformada Calvinista  de EL Salvador IRCES Y ALFALIT de EL Salvador.

 

  1. ENC Radio-Emisora Nuevo Continente de Colombia.

 “48 años difundiendo el Evangelio”.

 

  1. Ptr. Pablo Moreno

Fundación Universidad Bautista de Cali- Colombia

 

  1. The Rev. Dr. Paul C. Hayes

Noank Baptist Church, Noank CT USA

Global Baptist Peace Conference

 

  1. Pastor William Mathis, J.D., M.Div.

Springs of Life-Giving Water Church

New Haven, CT  

 

  1. Raimundo C. Barreto, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of World Christianity

Princeton Theological Seminary

Princeton, NJ  

 

  1. Hans Petter Buvollen

Country Director/Director de País

Honduras Regional Office

DanChurchAid – Ayuda de la Iglesia de Dinamarca

 

  1. Marcelo Leites

Secretario Ejecutivo Regional para la FUMEC ALC

FUMEC ALC: Federación Universal de Movimientos Estudiantiles Cristianos – América Latina y el Caribe.

 

  1. Revdo. Nelson Fernando Celis Ángel

Pastor Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Colombia

 

  1. Viviana Carolina Machuca

Coordinadora de Compromisos Cristianos

World Vision Colombia

 

  1. Mujer Misterio de Amor que Da Vida a la vida –MUMIDAVI

 

  1. Milciades Puá Gomez – Vicerrector Académico

Corporación Universitaria Reformada. Colombia

 

  1. Adelaida Jimenez Cortés – Decana de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Artes y Humanidades y Directora del programa de Teología. Corporación Universitaria Reformada. Colombia

 

  1. Pedro Acosta Fernandez. Director

Corporación para el Desarrollo Social Comunitario –CORSOC-

 

  1. Rev. Gloria Ulloa

Presidenta para América Latina y el Caribe

Consejo Mundial de Iglesias

 

  1. David López

Vocero oficial  para Asuntos Públicos- 

Concilio de las Asambleas de Dios de Colombia

 

  1. Ptr. Leonel Rubiano

Vicerrectoria Fundación Universitaria Bautista de Colombia

 

  1. Ken Sehested

Member of the Global Baptist Peace Conference,

editor, prayer&politiks

 

Organizaciones acompañantes de DIPAZ

 

  1. Erik Norman

Representante regional / Liaison Officer

La iglesia Sueca / Church of Sweden

 

  1. ICCO Cooperación

 

  1. Federación Luterana Mundial FLM

 

  1. Christian Aid

 

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