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The Rev. Valdir Franca, new area coordinator for Latin American and the Caribbean (World Mission PC USA)

Brazilian pastor Valdir França joins Presbyterian World Mission as Area Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, and will begin his duties at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville on Sept. 15.

França succeeds Maria Arroyo, who worked with Presbyterian World Mission for 25 years. The position of area coordinator is a key role in World Mission. França will serve as the liaison with the global partner churches in Latin America and the Caribbean, providing support and serving as a bridge between global church partners and U.S. Presbyterians. In this role França will also help to supervise and support the mission co-workers serving in Latin America.


Ruling in favor of Mapuche indigenous

Santiago , Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights decided that “Chile violated the principle of legality and the right to the presumption of innocence” of seven members of the Mapuche community and a human rights defender who were condemned as perpetrators of crimes considered terrorism for events occurred in 2001 and 2002 in the Biobío and Araucania regions of southern Chile. + Details

Violence in Iraq becoming a runaway crisis, says ACT Alliance
Geneva, Friday, August 15, 2014
Over 1.5 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Iraq and the number is set to increase says international humanitarian and development network ACT Alliance, as the Islamic State continues its encroachment in the region. Since the group’s violent take-over of large swaths of land in northern and western Iraq, the country according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is now contending with one of the largest internal displacements in the world. + Details

Poster aims to humanize border crossers
Friday, August 15, 2014
A human rights center in Tucson, Arizona, has released a poster with the hope that it will bring a human face to those who cross the border between the United States and Mexico. The poster, titled "The Things They Carried: A Memorial to Lives Lost on the Border" and sold by the Colibri Center for Human Rights, features more than 100 of the most common -- and some not-so-common -- items found on or near the bodies of men, women and children who died when they attempted a border crossing near Arizona from 2000 to 2009. + Details

Economic empowerment, gender-based violence and contextual bible study workshops in Colombia
Cali, Thursday, August 14, 2014
Paulo Ueti, Anglican Alliance Regional Facilitator for Latin America and the Caribbean, joined Episcopal Relief & Development and the Anglican Service of Diaconia and Development in Colombia to facilitate workshops and share best practice on development themes. + Details

New website brings into focus interfaith perspectives on climate change
Geneva, Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Plans are advancing for the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change, to be held in New York from 21 to 22 September. A new website featuring interfaith perspectives on climate change, highlighting the upcoming summit, has recently gone online. + Details

Putting the Littlest Disaster Victims on the Caribbean’s Climate Agenda
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Children are often the forgotten ones when policy-makers map out strategies to deal with climate change, even as they are least capable of fending for themselves in times of trouble. According to David Popo, head of the Social Policy Unit at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). “Very often when we speak about poverty reduction we are not seeing children, children are invisible in terms of development.” + Details

WACC says migrant children need to be heard
Toronto, Wednesday, August 13, 2014
As the U.S. debates the status of undocumented/unaccompanied migrant children at its southern border, the World Association for Christian Communication is stressing that their right to freedom of expression be honoured. The children are migrating mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico and WACC has stated that the situation is of great concern to it and to its members and worldwide partners. + Details

Pilgrimage of justice and peace inspires production of liturgical material in Latin America
Mexico City, Monday, August 11, 2014
The final message adopted by the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites WCC member churches around the world to engage in a pilgrimage for justice and peace. This message was the inspiration for a recent meeting of a Latin American ecumenical network that produces musical and liturgical resources for churches. + Details

“We give thanks to God for the recovered grandchildren”: Letter from Bishop of the Argentinean Evangelical Methodist Church (IEMA) to Estela de Carlotto
Buenos Aires, Friday, August 8, 2014
The Bishop of the IEMA, Frank de Nully Brown, made public a letter to Estela de Carlotto, President of the Grandmothers of May Square, on the occasion of the recuperation of grandchild 114 lost during the military dictatorship, in Carlotto’s case the son of murdered daughter Laura. + Details

Development and Harmony with Mother Earth: An assessment of poverty, the crisis of capitalism and the impacts of climate change
, August 18 2014
One issue that occupies much of the international debate regarding the Post 2015 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the future of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the evaluation of its scope and compliance.

We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.
, August 12 2014
Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves — which are made up of ex-soldiers — there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part.

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“Giving a voice to those silenced by the system”: Radio journalist Santiago García Gago
, July 24 2014
Spanish journalist and author of “Handbook for tech-illiterate radio journalists” (“Manual para radialistas analfatécnicos”), a tool for teaching technical skills to those who wish to work in radio,Santiago García Gago has been travelling across Latin America for more than 15 years, working in radio and teaching how to work in radio within the community and indigenous spheres.

The G77+China Summit: a historic milestone: A dialogue with Amanda Dávila, Bolivian Minister of Communication
, July 1 2014
The G77+China Summit, which took place in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, the 14th and 15th of June of this year, marking the 50th anniversary of the creation of the institution, stood out for its return to its origins – to the period of decolonization in Africa and Asia – with its emphasis on sovereignty, on challenging the development model that has dominated in recent decades and the notion of “Living Well” as a paradigm of the goals for the time to come.

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The Conflict between Israel and Palestine
, August 4 2014
“Before the scenes that challenge our minds and hearts, it is impossible for us to stay quiet in the face of injustice, violence and oppression. The conflict between Israel and Palestine has reached unsupportable levels of human rights violations and of excessive Israeli military force against the people who live in the region of Gaza”: Anglican Archbishop of Brazil, Francisco de Assis da Silva

Why I Am Risking Arrest at the White House with 135 Faith and Immigrant Leaders
, August 1 2014
Today, I have decided to risk arrest with more than 135 other faith and immigrant rights leaders outside of the White House. I have not come to this decision lightly, but out of my deep discontent and disappointment at the lack of action by our President to stop the needless deportations of millions of immigrants and the suggestion that our nation should expedite the deportation of thousands of Central American children who are fleeing violence and seeking protection.

Noticias de Iglesias

New UCC Area Executive for Latin America and the Caribbean Named
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Angel Rivera-Agosto as the new Executive for Latin America and the Caribbean. Angel comes to this position with a vast amount of experience, knowledge and commitment to the work within Latin America and the Caribbean related to churches, ecumenical and interfaith organizations, communities and other partners within the ecumenical movement.
July 13, 2014

ACP countries working together to address Climate Change: GCCA Intra-ACP Programme’s Second Regional Technical Meeting
The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Intra-ACP Programme is holding its Second Regional Technical Meeting (RTM) on 5, 6 and 7th May, 2014 in Brussels at the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) House. The Second RTM will build on the momentum generated by a successful First RTM held in Belize in July 2013. It will seek to explore ways to improve the exchange of information, synergies, improve cooperation and coordination among the regions and between the regions and the ACP Secretariat.
April 28, 2014

Reflections and materials for celebrating the 500 years of the Reformation Movement: Part 4
ALC has been sharing with its readers a series of materials prepared by the five participant churches of the Leuenberg Concord in Argentina, to commemorate the 500 years of Luther’s reformation. On this occasion, Dr. Hugo Córdova Quero, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA shares a reflection in Spanish on: Some, and the others? The “almost” unknown brief history and the dissident Protestants in Cataluña of the XVI century.
April 12, 2014

Environmental Justice Atlas resource online
A great resource for finding out what environmental conflicts and environmental justice movements are happening around the world is the Environmental Justice Atlas.
March 27, 2014

Reflections and materials for celebrating the 500 years of the Reformation Movement: Part 3
ALC has been sharing with its readers a series of materials prepared by the five participant churches of the Leuenberg Concord in Argentina, to commemorate the 500 years of Luther’s reformation. On this occasion, Pastor Federico H. Schafer shares “The Hermeneutics the Theology of the Reformation Churches Uses Today.”
March 13, 2014

Ultimas noticias

Anglicanos elaboram livro sobre prevenção à violência doméstica
August 13, 2013
ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT and CULTURE OF PEACE: From shrines and battlefields, Christians and other religious traditions to pray for peace
September 17, 2012
For the immediate withdrawal of MINUSTAH troops from Haiti: Letter to the Secretary General of the UN
October 6, 2011
German Protestant bishop urges reflection on 'primacy of honour' for Pope at 450th Anniversary of Death of Philipp Melanchthon
April 21, 2010
Two ELCA leaders call for immigration reform in a new book, 'They Are Us'
April 30, 2009
Gathering in Brazil, Reformed youth commit themselves to a full life for the whole of creation
April 1, 2009
Literacy campaign for Quechua speakers in Peru receives support from the Peruvian Bible Society
December 16, 2008
John Calvin Anniversary Sermon Competition
February 28, 2008
Protestants now just over half of US adults, study finds
February 28, 2008
General Secretary and six more officials of CLAI resign
February 28, 2008
Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency (ALC)
Information and analysis about the social-ecclesial reality, development and human rights in Latin America and other regions of the world
English edition: Casilla 17-16-95 - Quito - Ecuador