The World Council of Churches (WCC) sent greetings to the Presbyterian Church of Colombia as the church commemorates 164 years of preaching and service.
“Over the last years, the WCC has walked together with your church and many other local and international partners in the work of paving the path for peace in your country,” wrote Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, WCC interim general secretary. “We have been following the sometimes difficult developments related to the implementation of the peace agreement.”
He also commended the church for its “tireless prophetic voice” as a constant reminder and encouragement to the ecumenical movement to continue to pray and support all gestures that might help Colombia to reach a lasting and just peace.
“The COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected almost everyone around the world, also has its impacts in the life of the Colombian people and the ministry of your church,” Sauca wrote. “Though initially manifested as a health crisis, the pandemic has surfaced other societal ills: increase in domestic violence and aggressions against women, racial injustice and discrimination, food insecurity, deep economic inequities and recession.”
Sauca concluded: “May your church find new sources of inspiration in these challenging times and let the celebrations of your 164th anniversary renew your strength to continue to fulfill the valuable ministry that you have in Colombia.”
A special worship service will be live streamed on Sunday, 9 August, from the Iglesia Presbiteriana Comunidad de Esperanza, in Bogota.
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