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PAN Y PAZ Bread and Peace|
Ave. 32# 14-18
Tel. 245-2256; 245- 8341
Biblical Study of the Declaration
On the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21st
INTRODUCTION: Be prepared to give account of your faith: 1 Peter 3:14-15, Acts 4:7-8
The first point is the foundation for everything
- As followers of Jesus, Son of God, who we recognize as sovereign Lord, we affirm our biblical and historical conviction that the way of peace is active nonviolence and love of neighbor, especially for the disabled, marginalized, poor and our enemies.
- Following Jesus as Lord
- Way of Peace- Christ is our peace
- The poor
- We will not take sides with armed solutions in the search for peace.
We consider the effort of the State and illegal armed groups to force the
entire population to take sides in the armed conflict to be a false alternative.
Both use the same logic of arms and violence.
- We are opposed to participating in armed groups and paying to for others to participate.
We are opposed to the militarization of the economy and we advocate for everyone the right to
conscientious objection to all armed service.
- We believe that peace is everyone's business.
Therefore we will continue searching for peace with justice for everyone,
advancing conversations and constructive actions with whichever armed groups
are willing to consider negotiated and nonviolent solutions to the nation's problems
and move toward reconciliation.
- We encourage the government, the armed groups, and the media to put aside their warlike attitude and embark on conversations and actions of peace by making substantial and fundamental concessions in order to build a new nation with clear guarantees for human dignity and social and legal justice which includes housing, employment, land, security, education, health care, and democratic liberties.
- We call on the international community and especially to
the United States to stop their contribution in the form of finances,
arms, and training for the war in Colombia. We ask them instead to contribute
to the well being of the world by approving and supporting the International Criminal Court.
- We invite the peace and nonviolence movements of Colombia to put aside their divisions and assume
a more proactive role for peace in our country.