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Michael Joseph of Global Ministries visits First Christian Church
September 22, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PMFree
Global Ministries mission co-worker Michael Joseph will be visiting First Christian Church of Olympia on Sunday, Sept. 22ND at 4:00 PM! He has been serving in Colombia on behalf of Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church Disciples of Christ for the past twelve years. As he ends his service in Bogota, Michael will be visiting churches across the UCC Pacific Northwest Conference and Disciples Region to share stories about his work and experiences with peacemaking organizations in Colombia.
Michael has been working as the coordinator of the CaféPaz Peace Studies Center in Bogota, Colombia in partnership with Justapaz, the Christian Centre for Justice, Peace and Nonviolent Action in Colombia, an important peacemaking organization. His work has focused on conflict transformation, restorative justice and human rights in the midst of Colombia’s armed conflict.
Michael brings an extraordinary depth of knowledge and experience with peacemaking efforts in Colombia. He will be providing updated information about the progress, or lack thereof, of implementation of the Colombian Peace Accords adopted by a vote of the people in 2016.
Quoting Cornel West, Michael writes in his Global Ministries profile, “To be a Christian is to live dangerously, honestly, freely – to step in the name of love as if you may land on nothing, yet to keep stepping because the something that sustains you no empire can give you and no empire can take away.”
In the midst of rising tensions, it has become increasingly apparent for the need for church to walk alongside and be in partnership with peace making organizations like Justapaz and CaféPaz in their journey towards reconciliation. Partnership provides us with a broader understanding of the many ways in which God is at work in the world and challenges us to expand our vision of the church in order to help make a just world for all.