From August 19 to 21, member organizations of ACT Alianza in South America, held the International Seminar “Fundamentalisms, Democracy and Human Rights: faith in action for a full and dignified life in South America”. It was attended by 60 representatives of faith-based organizations and churches in South America, which are part of the ACT Alianza and its allies, as well as international ecumenical agencies, which issued a Declaration of Commitment.
Read the statement:
With profound gratitude towards the divine signs that leads us to work through peace, that brings us together with love and justice in our shared struggles and efforts towards a dignified life in our South America, and from the ecumenical spirit that encourages us to take on new
challenges, we accept, with hope and responsibility, the creation of FESUR as a collective space of action, that is creating new and better ideas and projects to look with a challenging and live FAITH at what is happening in the region.
Our shared path as FESUR is part of a long process that had a very important moment in the Global Conference on Latin America and the Caribbean in March of 2019, Guatemala. There, members of the ACT Forums from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, agreed upon the
validity and effect of the ACT South America Ecumenical Forum’s (FESUR) consolidation, as a tool of action and incidence in the socio-political reality of a continent surrounded by intensifying structural inequalities, the reduction of areas for civil society to participate in, the growing violence and murder of human rights activists, and the weakening of its democracies.
A determined action with a clear agenda becomes essential in contexts where growing religious, political, and economic fundamentalisms curtails the rights of already vulnerable communities and turns them invisible: LGBTIQ+ groups, indigenous peoples, Quilombola and black
communities, children and teenagers, women of all ethnicities and conditions, and millions of people criminalized for their migrant condition.
This action calls upon to challenge not only the prevailing narratives of fear, where “the other” is someone to be feared and hated, but also to
establish with certainty that the building of any just and solidary society depends – at all times
– on the joint actions of all social and faith-based sectors in our region.
We embrace the dream of a better continent, where:
✔ The diversity of people and their plurality of thoughts is a wealth to support.
✔ The multiple inequalities, a challenge to defeat day to day.
✔ And the projects taken on a collective and community basis, be a horizon in the journey, but also a shared place to walk with others.
Let our commitments be strong and enduring. Our voices, clear and supportive.
Our gestures, of love and hope.