Since 2014, a guiding principle for the partnership between Seattle Presbytery
and the Presbyterian Church in Colombia our has been mutuality. We’ve aimed
at genuine “hermanamiento”, literally translated from Spanish to “twinning”. It’s a sibling model that acknowledges both entities – Seattle Presbytery and Presbiterio de la Costa – have their own gifts and challenges to bring to the relationship. We recognize the inherent imbalance of power (Seattle has more churches and more financial resources). Yet we also see the significant ministry their presbytery has done through a wide array of community engagement, and what we can learn from each other.
Pastor James will be participating in the delegation to Colombia very soon. As last year, there are some specific areas we hope to explore with and learn from our Colombian sisters and brothers.
Hospitality & ‘Accompaniment’.
Colombians have a long history of armed conflict, and implementing the peace accord has been challenging. There is lots to learn from people who have tried to live faithfully to Jesus even in (and after) extreme conflict. Our delegation will be spending some time in a FARC reintegration camp to hear their stories.
Colombia now hosts almost 2 million Venezuelan refugees (total Colombian population is not quite 50 million). And the Church has played an active role in welcoming Venezuelans into Colombia and providing for them.
The Colombian church has put quite a lot of energy into thinking biblically and practically about the ministry of Deacons as officers of the church. Deacons take the lead in mercy ministry, but have also played significant roles in addressing public social issues, including work with various armed groups.
Thank you for joining us in prayer!