CEDEPCA·WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016
The Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA) joins our voice with the Latin American voice that cries out today against violence towards women: NotOneFewer! Based in our Christian faith, we make a call to our sisters and brothers to make a daily effort to make Jesus’ proclamation possible: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 NRSV
There will not be abundant...Read more
After a week in Guatemala Ellen Guinther wrote this:
First I want to thank RRPC and the Presbytery of the James for their generous support of this trip. This trip was a joint effort between our presbytery and the Presbytery of the Peaks. There were 11 of us representing 5 different Presbyterian churches!
Many people will ask "What did you build?", and my answer is, we built relationships, mutual respect, love and Christian fellowship. Where Guatemalans are still hurting from the "disappearance" of their loved ones during the civil war, we brought compassion...
CEDEPCA is celebrating its 30thanniversary and the decision on where to do some of those celebrations was easy, the Presbytery of New Covenant. The Presbytery of New Covenant has been a Covenant Partner with CEDEPCA for 25 of those 30 years!!
The long journey together began in 1991when Presbytery of New Covenant Presbyters, Rev. Jack Bolin and Rev. Tomas Spath, reached out to the PC(USA) in Louisville asking how to connect with the conflict ridden countries of Central America. The answer came back quickly, “There is a new and wonderful organization called CEDEPCA that...Read more
The wait is over! We give thanks to our dear friend and website creator, Roel Fraanje, as we are excited to share with you our new website.
We invite you into CEDEPCA’s world by reading about our history, our programs, news that affect lives in Guatemala. Take a journey into the photos that can transport you here with us. Learn about our CEDEPCA USA board. And as always, we appreciate your support through prayer and donations.
No one thought they would get this far. Nor that ousting a president and a vice-president would be the biggest earthquake in Guatemala. The Attorney General’s office (AG) and the UN Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) have now touched the heart of the new government and the economic elite regarding investigations on 1980’s massacres and a ‘first big company’ on tax evasion. Read more on Nomada.gt
This year, CEDEPCA is celebrating its 30th anniversary! This is a significant milestone for our ministry and one that will be celebrated and commemorated throughout the year in a variety of ways. CEDEPCA's staff members, Emerson Morales and Judith Castaneda, kicked off the first of many celebrations by attending the CEDEPCA USA Board meeting during January in Atlanta!
Learn about our roots in the “Who we are” tab of this website.
Look for more 30th year celebrations on our FB pages at CEDEPCA and...Read more
The objective of the Advent reflections prepared by the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA) is to reaffirm the prophetic tradition of Advent and to announce to the world that God is present in our midst. Furthermore, we seek to support the devotional moments of the sisters and brothers who wait for Christmas with actions, prayer and Biblical reflections.
The materials that we have prepared may be used in a family environment, with specific reflection groups, for community reflections in the church or in other appropriate spaces. Our greatest hope is...Read more
By Emily Wilkes
O God, hear my prayer,
and do not hide from my plea.
Attend to me and answer me.
A young Mayan girl has watched her father get into her older sister’s bed every night for years. Because she’s growing older, she knows her father will soon climb into her bed as well. She turns to CEDEPCA, the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America, for help. They strategize, taking the young girl’s context and resources available to her into consideration. On the night her father comes to his young...Read more
By Shannon Beck
Part 2: Moving right along?
Let’s take the elevator!
Three years ago everything changed. Conversations stopped. Feelings were hurt. Trust disintegrated. Formal connections were cut between CEDEPCA (a pastoral training institute and partner of PC(USA)) and the IEPNG (Presbyterian church in Guatemala) and the Sinodica (the Presbyterian women’s group of IENPG). CEDEPCA, a forward-looking organization dedicated to working for justice for women in Guatemala, was unapologetically progressive in a culture where the femicide rate is rising. Some good church...Read more