What are the Changemakers doing in Colombia?
A delegation of eleven Changemakers (class of 2013-2014) and professors Dr. Odette Lockwood-Stewart and Dr. Randall Miller of the Pacific School of Religion will be hosted by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) in an immersive journey to learn from and enter community with peace builders and nonviolent resistant groups working on-the-ground in Colombia.
The trip, March 21-29 (spring 2014), is structured to engage participants in an overview of theological, historical, economic, and social roots of the current violence in Colombia. During 9 days of travel to Bogotá, Barranquilla, and rural areas of the North, students will engage in cohort meetings, briefings with ecumenical and grassroots leaders, youth peacemakers promotores de paz, and other key players who form the active nonviolent effort in Colombia. In addition, students will visit the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, SERPAJ (Servicio Paz y Justicia) and ecumenical groups on the Caribbean coast, and communities recently displaced from the countryside to urban areas now rebuilding their lives, schools, houses and connections. Students will have the opportunity to experience and practice empathy, solidarity, and accompaniment and to learn creative change strategies through direct interaction with grassroots leaders of peace and change in Colombia.