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Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on deadly unrest in Colombia

May 14, 2021
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We speak in solidarity with our brothers, sisters, and siblings in Colombia, and of the Episcopal Anglican Church in Colombia.

Jesus once said of his ministry, quoting the prophet Isaiah: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor; he has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty all who are oppressed and to proclaim the acceptable Year of the Lord.”

We who follow the way of Jesus — we who seek to be the Jesus Movement in our time — stand in solidarity with those who are protesting peacefully and who work and labor faithfully for justice and humane solutions to our problems.

Bishop Duque of Colombia said this: “Being baptized moves us in a prophetic spirit according to the teachings of Jesus the Christ, to put ourselves on the side of the oppressed and violated, to demand the peace and justice necessary for a dignified and harmonious life”

We pray and ask that all people of goodwill join hands and work together for the realization of peace, the establishment of justice and the way of reconciliation of love and life for all the people of Colombia. We stand with you in your struggle and pray God’s blessing and guidance on you and on the entire human family. Amen.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Declaración del obispo primado Michael Curry sobre disturbios fatales en Colombia

Nos pronunciamos en solidaridad con nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Colombia, y con la Iglesia Episcopal Anglicana de Colombia.

Jesús dijo una vez sobre su ministerio, citando al profeta Isaías: el espíritu del Señor está sobre mí porque me ha ungido para predicar buenas nuevas a los pobres; me ha enviado a pregonar libertad a los cautivos y vista a los ciegos; a poner en libertad a los oprimidos y a proclamar el año agradable del Señor.

Los que seguimos el camino de Jesús —los que buscamos ser el Movimiento de Jesús en nuestro tiempo— nos solidarizamos con los que protestan pacíficamente y laboran fielmente por la justicia y las soluciones humanas a nuestros problemas.

El obispo Duque de Colombia lo expresó así: ser bautizados nos mueve, en un espíritu profético según las enseñanzas de Jesús el Cristo, a ponernos al lado de los oprimidos y quebrantados, para exigir la paz y la justicia necesarias para una vida digna y armoniosa.

Oramos y pedimos que todas las personas de buena voluntad unen sus manos y colaboren por la realización de la paz, el establecimiento de la justicia y el camino de reconciliación del amor y la vida para todo el pueblo de Colombia. Estamos con ustedes en vuestra lucha y pedimos la bendición y orientación de Dios para ustedes y toda la familia humana. Amén.

Rvdmo. Michael B. Curry
Obispo Presidente y Primado
de la Iglesia Episcopal

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