The Power of Integration

The people in Pichilin have told me several stories about how Pichilin used to be, before the violence. They paint Pichilin to be a beautiful, tranquil village, with lots of vegetation and big trees. They describe the village as being very large, with a booming agriculture scene. It seems to me that Pichilin was quite…

Suacha A Step For Peace

In Colombia, we are in the implementation of a peace agreement between the Government and the FARC. But what they are doing is not enough. Peace Builders are needed in the regions, and as the proverb says: “Peace begins at home”. In Suacha there are people and organizations that are working for the Builders of…

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…