Celebrating Resistance

September 17 was a long day. We woke up early and traveled to Remedios, Antioquia where we met a caravan of about 30 people who were also preparing for the long journey of another 6 hours until the village of Lejanías. Joy and energy were palpable during this long ride. People were loud, singing and…

Ciederpaz: Churches and Ethno-Territorial Organizations Build Peace, Development, and Reconciliation in Southern Chocó

My partner here in Chocó, the Mennonite Brethren Church, is part of the Interethnic and Ecumenical Corporation for Development, Reconciliation and Peace (Ciederpaz). Ciederpaz is an initiative of churches, ethno-territorial organizations and other local and national entities “with the objective of creating a space for articulation in order to unite efforts relating to ethno-development, reconciliation…

Dreaming of Peace

“There is nothing, absolutely nothing more important for a country in conflict then the capacity to imagine.  Because it is the imagination– the moral imagination, as John Paul Lederach would say in is eclectic, brilliant book– that opens the space that gives way to change.” Sergio Jaramillo, High Commission for Peace[i] Throughout Colombia we find…

To Already Know Oneself Resurrected

“However, in the face of oppression, plunder and abandonment, our response is LIFE. Neither the floods nor the plagues, nor the famines nor the cataclysms, not even the eternal wars through the centuries and the centuries have been able to reduce the tenacious advantage of life over death” Gabriel García Márquez (Gabo) The Seeders in…

To Teach and Be Taught

These photos show the different projects Juana and I are doing in Mampujan. The children are learning how to quilt, cook and bake, plant trees and paint. They are very determined and eager to learn, and I love the work we do. Quilt Making Mampujan is a displaced community known for the handmade quilts that…

Impacted by Faith

For this blog, we were challenged to reflect on something that had an impact on us during this year-and-a-half that we have been living in Colombia in the context of our community. At first, I felt a bit confused when I tried to identify with only one community. However, during this reflection I realized I’m…

Top 5 Things Chocoanos Love About Their Department, Chocó

Many Colombians who do not live in Chocó tend to hold a negative view and/or description of this Pacific Department of Colombia. They tend to focus much on the region’s economic poverty, internal political displacement and conflict, misery and hopelessness of the people who are born and raised in Chocó. I recently carried out a…