The Anglican Church of the Central Region of America (La Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America or IARCA) began as a network of chaplaincies first administered by the Church of England and then transferred to The Episcopal Church. The chaplaincies became a missionary district and then missionary dioceses. At the 72nd General Convention (1997), the Dioceses of Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua officially became an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion. The Diocese of Honduras, initially part of the Missionary District and a missionary diocese, remains a part of Province IX of The Episcopal Church.
The Church in Central America has a strong history of social justice and community service. Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in violence and civil strife in several countries in the region. The Church has played an active role in supporting those who have been displaced by violence and working with local and international human rights organizations to “address the root causes of violence and engage in advocacy and dialogue with their governments to serve the needs of and create safe spaces for internally displaced persons and refugees.” (Resolution D033)
In November 2015 the bishops of IARCA and Honduras met with human rights ombudsmen and NGO and civil society organizations to discuss forced migration, internal displacement, and human trafficking in Central America. The bishops began work to create a regional Anglican commission on human rights which will enable greater collaboration and help raise awareness locally and internationally.
A Prayer for Social Justice: Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the people of this land], that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 823)
It is vital to tell your elected officials to stand for peace and human rights in Central America. If you live in the United States, this includes urging the President, Secretary of State, and the United States Congress to support peace building, justice, and human rights in Central America. If you do not live in the United States, your voice is just as important: all world governments must stand with peacemakers in Central America.
You can find contact information for the President, the Secretary of State, and your members of Congress below. We encourage you to call or write to express that as a person of faith, you support peace building.
The President: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
The Secretary of State: https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform
United States Senate: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
Your Local Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
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