May 03 2017

LESSONS I LEARNED FROM AN INTERNATIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE IN EGYPT

The impact of the Al-Azhar International Peace Conference in Cairo, Egypt last 27-28 April 2017, on me, was life-changing. It was an opportunity to practice the Great Commandment moment-by-moment and with a deeper understanding. I was given a global context to love Jesus more and to be more faithful to Jesus by embracing and affirming the Other. It …

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Apr 25 2017

MY FRIEND, MAIMAI, AND I ATTENDED THE PEACE TALKS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CORDILLERA PEOPLE

Last 23 April 2017, I went to Mount Data — a part of the northern mountain ranges of the Philippines we refer to as The Cordilleras — to attend and help document a meeting between the Cordillera Peoples’ Liberation Army (CPLA) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH). This historic event is one of the series …

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Apr 15 2017

JESUS’ RESURRECTION REVEALS FINAL REALITY

Life, not death. No to kill-culture! Yes to the culture of life. Embrace all who live!   Hope, not despair. The present is Hope. The already; the not-yet – New Reality!   Light, not darkness. Darkness a cocoon, The tomb was really a womb – New Life emerging!   Courage, not fear. Greedy world powers …

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Apr 05 2017

I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TEACHING AT AN INTER-SEMINARY SUMMER EXPOSURE PROGRAM

05 April 2017.  Today, I gave a lecture on A Christian Theology of Peace and It’s Application in the Peace Processes in the Philippines as the final activity of a 10-day inter-seminary exposure program on inter-faith dialogue. The audience was primarily a select group of religious and spiritual leaders coming from Mindanao’s Indigenous People, Bangsamoro, …

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Mar 30 2017

THE JOURNEY OF CFP IN THE WORK OF PEACE-AND-RECONCILIATION THROUGH SOCIAL BUSINESS

It is such a privilege to serve God and the people, specifically those who are at the bottom of the economic pyramid, in the area of peacebuilding, through social entrpreneurship.   Coffee and Conflict. Coffee is a good bridge-building factor among conflicted parties. At Coffee for Peace (CFP), we understand conflict as “an expressed struggle …

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Mar 07 2017

MOST OF OUR PRESENT ENERGIES ARE FOCUSED ON PAR LEADERSHIP BUILDING

We have reached our 10th year as International Witness Partnership Workers with Mennonite Church Canada.   Our first year was invested in establishing network acquaintances, getting to know the geographical, social, cultural, and political terrain of Mindanao, and learning from the wisdom of the elders, starting with our Bangsamoro mentor, then from among the elders of …

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Mar 01 2017

THIS IS HOW I PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES THESE DAYS

A prayer for peace for my beloved people in this beautiful land, especially these days when our people are so divided and the horizon seems to be too dark:   For the success of the Duterte government in its vision to fight against corruption, criminality, and drugs; for the determination of the government to stop …

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Feb 25 2017

WE THRIVE! WE DON’T MERELY SURVIVE.

Perhaps it’s time to review the funding sources of those who work for justice and peace in the name of Jesus.   We’re learning that the old notion of community-based, regenerating approaches (such as social entrepreneurship — Coffee For Peace in our case) to support our ministries are once again more sustainable than funding from governments …

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Feb 12 2017

MWC ALLOWED ME TO SHARE ON ‘ANABAPTIST PEACEBUILDING IN THE PHILIPPINE CONTEXT’ BEFORE LEADERS IN AUGSBURG

What is Peace and why is it important in the Philippine context?   The history of our country is just like any colonized countries. The voices of the people are decapitated to express their desires and the will to dream for the future. The soul of peace is silenced. What shows, are the feelings of …

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Feb 02 2017

THE BANAO AND SUMACHER TRIBES IN KALINGA WELCOME PBCI & CFP

PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) and Coffee For Peace (CFP) have been enjoying a growing relationship with the various tribes of Kalinga province. I visited Kalinga again as a continuation of our prayerful commitment to support their aspiration for genuine autonomy. I praise the Great Creator — for those rich moments of bonding with our Kalinga family who …

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