Colombian Encounter 2016

The Colombian Encounter:
A Global Mission Program
jointly offered by GEMN & COLFORPAZ

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July 30 – August 6, 2016
Cost: $975
Includes all meals, lodging, and local transportation (excluding airfare)
Mission Leadership Certification: $250
Application & $250 Deposit due May 1
Balance due June 15, 2016
Program Brochure (PDF)

Encounter the lives and challenges of the Colombian people. Learn and apply short-term mission leadership skills. The Global Episcopal Mission Network and COLFORPAZ team up to provide this enriched global mission experience in Bogotá, Colombia.

This intensive 7-day program is your opportunity to learn about Colombian life, the work of the Diocese, and how you might engage with the people of Colombia in mission. We place special emphasis on global mission education, along with unique opportunities to “encounter” Colombia through presentations, personal contact, community visits and tours.

The Colombian Encounter is a collaborative effort between the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN), dedicated to promoting global mission engagement throughout the Episcopal Church, and COLFORPAZ, a non-profit committed to supporting a vision of peace and economic sustainability in Colombia in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Colombia.

About Colombia

Colombia is a well-developed and thriving country, with cosmopolitan cities, popular vacation spots, and a vibrant economy. It is an attractive destination due to its relatively stable government, reliable infrastructure and its beautiful and diverse landscapes.

Colombia has, however, the highest rate of income inequality in Latin America, with 46% of the population living in poverty, and the second highest rate of displacement in the world, with 5.2 million people internally displaced from their land and homes by violence. The Episcopal Diocese of Colombia engages in outreach to the displaced and to refugees; addresses food insecurity; and actively supports and secures human rights, employment, health care, and reconciliation.

Encounter Program Highlights:
Learn from Colombian professionals and church leaders on topics such as:

  • Displacement
  • Land Reform
  • Women’s Rights
  • The Peace Talks and the Reconciliation Movement

Encounter Colombia first-hand:

  • See where and how the displaced live
  • Visit a farm being transformed into a community project in support of the displaced
  • Meet Colombians working in peace and justice ministries
  • Shop in the city’s renowned craft markets
  • Visit the Monserrate Shrine
  • Tour the Museo de Oro

Overall Schedule:

  • Day 1: Arrivals
  • Days 2, 3, & 4: Presentations & Discussions
  • Day 5: Site Visit and Presentation
  • Day 6: Visits/Touring
  • Day 7: Departures

Optional Mission Leadership Certification:
GEMN has been offering mission certification for many years to enable leaders in the church to gain the knowledge and credibility to lead their respective churches and dioceses. For an additional fee of $250, and additional course work, GEMN certification is available to anyone interested. Those interested in certification will be asked to meet with the Program Director in a few additional meetings during the week, will be required to complete some specific readings and reflections, and will complete a mission project. Meetings in Colombia will include explanations and evaluation of possible projects. Certification is awarded annually at the GEMN annual meeting/conference. It is expected that all coursework toward certification will be completed by the following spring.
Program Cost:
Program cost is $975 (includes hotel, meals & local transportation; flights, airport transfers and pre-trip reading materials not included). Program application and nonrefundable deposit of $250 are due by May 1, 2016, with the balance due on June 15, 2016.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Ted Gaiser, Instructor

The Rev. Canon Dr. Ted Gaiser is Canon for Mission Development for the Diocese of Colombia. He is the instructor and trip leader for the Colombian Encounter and Global Mission Leadership Program.
Bishop Francisco Duque, Diocese of Colombia


Bishop Francisco Duque leads the diverse and vibrant Episcopal Diocese of Colombia.
COLFORPAZ, or Corporacion Lideres Forjadores de Paz, is a partnership between the Episcopal Diocese of Colombia and COLFORPAZ USA. The two organizations have linked together with our Colombian brothers and sisters in support of their vision of peace and sustainability for Colombia.Colforpaz_Logo_New13c

About the Global Episcopal Mission Network
Global Episcopal Mission Network wants to give you the tools you need for global mission. We are the largest independent mission network in the Episcopal Church. GEMN consists of dioceses, churches, organizations, and individuals passionate about global mission engagement and committed to connecting people through mission. Join us today!

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For More Information:
For more information, email The Rev. Dr. Canon Ted Gaiser at: