Peace Out of Love and Nonviolence

Leer en español Paramilitaries looked for the ex-guerrilla, Juan, in order to kill him.  They found him in a small Christian community whose members, far from turning him in, protected him with their own bodies, risking their own lives for one that had caused death and desolation; through this, they saved his life and transformed…

Orientation Learning: Why Are We Here?

Leer en español Orientation has been rich in learning. Our sessions have touched on many topics – history, political advocacy, development, safety considerations, peace building, Anabaptism, and land rights, among others. At the same time, we have learned much from each other in our informal, daily interactions – in sharing meals, in dancing, in discussing.…

Preparing the Seed

Leer en español Two years to plant the seed of love and peace in communities of Colombia began with two months of arduous preparation: study sessions, devotional times, cultural exchanges, koinonia times (communion), among other activities, were the agenda of these two months. Initially we had two weeks of orientation in the city of Santa…

Transitions & New Relationships

Leer en español The past two months have been ones of transitions and new relationships: new relationships with MCC, with the Seed team, and with Colombia.  Transitioning for me has been between life in Chicago and Puerto Rico to time in Bolivia and a new beginning in Bogotá.  We began our orientation at the Mennonite…

“We the Under”

Blog on the Most Important Aspects Of The Induction To Seed Leer en español We The underdeveloped The undernourished with certain leaves And certain roughness The under-loved The under-lovers The under-ripe, the subversives And under-apathetic inhabitants From this warm land, ritual And tropical and metalliferous And rivers of water and rivers of semen To water down…

The beginning

Leer en español Unlike my companions and friends from SEED, I lived the majority of my orientation near my family, friends, church, and girlfriend, meaning that really my goodbye was the day that I left Bogotá for the city of Medellín. For two months, I shared life with these new people who were very different…

New Discoveries

Leer en español When I first came into Colombia, the warm breeze of the people’s smiles at the airport gave me comfort and a sense of welcoming. The graffiti on the street walls rolled out a grand red carpet welcoming me into Bogotá; the creativity was fascinating. Most of the images had messages of peace,…