Public Letter from Churches and Faith Based Colombian and International Organizations to the Colombian Government and the ELN

Juan Manuel Santos
President of Colombia

Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista
Commander of the National Liberation Army (ELN)

And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of  righteousness. James 3:18

Our joy over the beginning of the public phase of dialogs between the government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN)

Warm greetings in the name of all the religious communities that we accompany.

We understand through our faith that peace is a gift from God, constructed in society through the generous and extensive efforts of all the actors involved in conflicts. It is for this reason that we express our desire and prayer that in the current Colombian context dialogs take place, not only between the government and the FARC-EP, but also between the government and the ELN guerrilla, especially when a public announcement of formal dialogues has been made.

Above all, we want to express our joy over the beginning of the public phase of the dialogs between the Colombian government and the ELN. As we had expressed in previous communications, to hope for peace in Colombia without the involvement of all insurgencies would make a comprehensive peace impossible. We encourage all parties to use all of their wisdom and their love for Colombia and for the Latin American region, in order to develop the agreed upon agenda, looking towards a horizon of peacebuilding that is the fruit of justice and conforms to God’s will.

We are aware that a comprehensive peace must take into consideration the advances in the dialogs between the government and the FARC-EP, as well as the specificities of the talks between the government and the ELN guerrillas. We also believe that the processes must come together creatively to lay the foundation for peacebuilding.

We are concerned that the pursuit of peace is being threatened by the ever-increasing paramilitary presence in large parts of Colombia and by the crimes committed against social movements. We call on the government of Colombia to seek effective solutions to these threats that affect rural communities and those who work in peacebuilding.
Likewise we call on the ELN to continue to make real their determination to free all detained or abducted persons in their power and to cease all future kidnappings or detainments.

We also consider that, while each of the dialogs with each of the insurgencies, must come together at some point, the particular dynamics of each dialog must be respected, by not trying to ensure that the following decisive phases conclude at the same time: the signing of a bilateral ceasefire, the signing of final accord or the mechanisms that will be adopted for citizen approval of the accords.

The government and the ELN must use creative strategies that allow for a bilateral ceasefire. Continuing with the armed confrontation will continue to generate losses of life, that with a decision of both parties, can be avoided. Likewise, a ceasefire will generate a more relaxed environment for the development of the important agreed upon agenda.

As churches and national and international faith-based organizations, articulated with DiPaz, we offer for the consideration of the dialoging parties our modest services. These services can be used towards the development of the agenda, the oversight thereof, and/or pedagogy around the ending of confrontation, among others, based on the mission both parties see fit to allow us to develop.

We trust that the God of life, of justice, and of reconciliation will inspire your steps in the way of peace.


Iglesia Luterana de Colombia IELCO
Comunidades Construyendo Paz en los Territorios
CONPAZ. Colombia

Rev Jairo Barriga
Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia

Rev. Chris Ferguson. Secretario General.
Comunión Mundial de Iglesias Reformadas. CMIR
Rev. Milton Mejía.
Secretario General
Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias  CLAI

Rev. Dr. Dario Barolin
Secretario Ejecutivo
Asociación de Iglesias Presbiterianas y Reformadas de América Latina

Dra. Sherron Hunter
Chicago Religious Latino American Network

Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz

Mónica Velasquez
Programa Dh infancia y género
Asociación Pacto Colombia

Edith Muñoz
Movimiento Estudiantil Cristiano Mec Bogotá – Mec Colombia

Rvda. Julia Brown Karimu,
Presidenta, División de Ministerios de Ultramar
Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) en los Estados Unidos y Canadá
Co-Ejecutiva de los Ministerios Globales

Jenny Neme. Directora
Asociación Menonita JUSTAPAZ. Colombia
Luis Ma. Alman Bornes –
Iglesia Anabautista Menonita de Buenos Aires. Argentina

Ricardo Pinzón
Fundación Menonita para el Desarrollo de Colombia MECOLDES

Prof. Dr. Fernando Enns, Amsterdam
Center for Religion and Peace & Justice Studies,
VU Free University Amsterdam. Holanda

César García
Secretario General
Congreso Mundial Menonita

17.Ptr. Lácides Hernandez
Confraternidad Carcelaria de Colombia

Norma Inés Bernal V.
Hermanas Auxiliadoras del Purgatorio.
Asociación Codo a Codo.

Iglesias Hermanos Menonitas DIHMENO.

Iglesias Valle y Cauca. Colombia
Pastor Francisco Mosquera

James Patton
Executive Vice President/COO
International Center for Religion & Diplomacy

Rvdo. Dr. James Moos,
Ministro Ejecutivo, Ministerios de la Iglesia más Amplia
Iglesia Unida de Cristo de los Estados Unidos
Co-Ejecutivo de los Ministerios Globales
Rvdo. Angel L. Rivera Agosto
Ejecutivo de Área para América Latina y el Caribe
Ministerios Globales, ICDCEE.UU. y Canadá e IEUEE.UU

Celeste Larkin
Public Policy Coordinator
Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America

Humberto Martín Shikiya
Director General CREAS
Centro Regional Ecuménico de Asesoría y Servicio. Argentina

Miguel Tomàs Castro,
Pastor de La Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel de San Salvador

Medardo Ernesto Gómez Soto, Obispo Sínodo Luterano Salvadoreño
IPAZ Iniciativa pastoral por la vida y la paz del Salvador
FUNVIPAZ Fundación para la vida y por la paz del Salvador

Emily Brewer
Executive co-director
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship,

Pastor Santiago Flores
Iglesia Reformada Calvinista  de EL Salvador IRCES Y ALFALIT de EL Salvador.
ENC Radio-Emisora Nuevo Continente de Colombia.
 “48 años difundiendo el Evangelio”.

Ptr. Pablo Moreno
Fundación Universidad Bautista de Cali- Colombia

The Rev. Dr. Paul C. Hayes
Noank Baptist Church, Noank CT USA
Global Baptist Peace Conference

Pastor William Mathis, J.D., M.Div.
Springs of Life-Giving Water Church
New Haven, CT 

Raimundo C. Barreto, Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of World Christianity
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, NJ 

Hans Petter Buvollen
Country Director/Director de País
Honduras Regional Office
DanChurchAid – Ayuda de la Iglesia de Dinamarca

Marcelo Leites
Secretario Ejecutivo Regional para la FUMEC ALC
FUMEC ALC: Federación Universal de Movimientos Estudiantiles Cristianos – América Latina y el Caribe.

Revdo. Nelson Fernando Celis Ángel
Pastor Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Colombia

Viviana Carolina Machuca
Coordinadora de Compromisos Cristianos
World Vision Colombia

Mujer Misterio de Amor que Da Vida a la vida –MUMIDAVI
Milciades Puá Gomez – Vicerrector Académico
Corporación Universitaria Reformada. Colombia

Adelaida Jimenez Cortés – Decana de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Artes y Humanidades y Directora del programa de Teología. Corporación Universitaria Reformada. Colombia
Pedro Acosta Fernandez. Director
Corporación para el Desarrollo Social Comunitario –CORSOC-

Rev. Gloria Ulloa
Presidenta para América Latina y el Caribe
Consejo Mundial de Iglesias

David López
Vocero oficial  para Asuntos Públicos-
Concilio de las Asambleas de Dios de Colombia

Ptr. Leonel Rubiano
Vicerrectoria Fundación Universitaria Bautista de Colombia

Ken Sehested
Member of the Global Baptist Peace Conference,
editor, prayer&politiks
Organizaciones acompañantes de DIPAZ

Erik Norman
Representante regional / Liaison Officer
La iglesia Sueca / Church of Sweden

ICCO Cooperación
Federación Luterana Mundial FLM
Christian Aid



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