History

Pan y Paz (Bread and Peace) is a common effort between individuals, churches and organizations that, from the perspective of evangel and nonviolence, testifies of the relation between economical justice and peace and works to promote the eradication of hunger and a better distribution of the resources in Colombia.

This testimony has been assumed by answering the initiative of United Nations to establish September 21st as the International Day of Peace in more than 45 regions of the country since 2002. Since that year, when 150 people gathered in the main square in Bogota, Plaza de Bolivar, to invite the government and armed groups to observe a ceasefire, until the present time, the number of celebrations has multiplied to 50, the number of regions involved to 45 and the number of participants to more that 12.000.

Children, young and adults in each community have participated organizing and performing public actions such as walks or marches, they have wrote letters to government, to public opinion and to armed groups, they have made liturgies, prayers and concerts in order to strengthen the church relationship with their local community, national institutions, and churches in other regions or countries.

The project has been coordinated by the Pan y Paz coalition which is made by Christian Institutions such as Justapaz, Mencoldes, the Collective for Conscientious Objection and the Mennonite Church and has been granted by international organizations like SweFOR, (Swedish Fellowship for Reconciliation) and MCC (Mennonite Central Committee).

We thank God for its support along this years and our communities for their commitment and hard work. Pan y Paz wishes to keep being an alternative to the violence in the country and to contribute to the construction of a lasting peace. We invite our brothers and sisters to follow God’s call since the change and peace in Colombia starts with our lives and actions.