ACT Alliance accompanied an ecumenical delegation from the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in Nicaragua on 28-29 August. The purpose of the visit was to promote dialogue and to provide solidarity and accompaniment to the Nicaraguan church in their trauma, and to work towards resolving the ongoing conflicts in the country.
ACT Alliance and WCC released a message emphasising their commitment to support the role of national churches in Nicaragua in the midst of the ongoing conflict and social tensions.
“As Christians, we are called to be promoters of peace with justice, so as to transform pain into hope. Peace is only achieved when all have been able to express their pain, admit their responsibility (by action or omission), and commit themselves to fraternal dialogue,” the message reads.
The delegation met with WCC member churches, ACT’s Nicaragua Forum, representatives of several local evangelical churches, the Roman Catholic Bishops Conference, the Nicaraguan foreign ministry, the president of the national assembly and representatives of civil society.
In a statement issued on 6 June 2018, the ACT Alliance Nicaragua Forum called for “Support and solidarity from the international ecumenical family and the commitment of the international community for justice and peace in Nicaragua.
The full message is available here.