by Joel McDonald
At a ceremony hosted at the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce in Bogotá, Colombia, on December 2, 2019, Affirmation Colombia was presented the 2019 San Sebastián Award for best spiritual group of the year. For ten years, the San Sebastián awards have recognized the work and commitment of organizations or individuals who have made great progress in the rights of the LGBTQ community throughout Colombia.
In accepting the award, Carlos Castillo Casas, former president of Affirmation Colombia, said, “We dedicate this award to each and every member of Affirmation, in all regions of Colombia. You are our reason for being. Each of you projects a positive image of our Affirmation family. Because of you, we are visible. For you, we learn, we grow, and we are strengthened. We also dedicate this award to Bibian Sophia Cáceres. She has supported has shown so much concern for us, the current leadership of Affirmation. To our families and our examples of faith in each of our faiths, the Lord blesses and smiles at us because He loves us as we are. Affirmation, once again, we are many paths and one heart.”
Other nominees for best spiritual group of the year were SDA Kinship Colombia, ICM Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana Colombia, and Iglesia Metodista Príncipe de Paz.
Photos from the Award Ceremony
Correction: An earlier version of this post identified Carlos Castillo Casas as the president of Affirmation Colombia. Carlos is the former president of the chapter. The current president of Affirmation Colombia is Miguel Ángel Amortegui.