Tag: peace theology

Apr 26 2013

BUKIDNON CHRISTIAN LEADERS WELCOME PEACE BUILDERS SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP

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The 2013-15 PBSL Class invokes the presence of the Holy Spirit as they start their first quarter 2013 session.

Twenty-one people finished the first quarter of the PeaceBuilders School of Leadership (PBSL) in Valencia City, Bukidnon from 24-26 April 2013.

They are a group composed of peacebuilders, pastors, church leaders, missionaries and educators. It was designed as highly academic activity with the book “Mediation in Pastoral Care” as the main focus and the books “Yahweh is a Warrior,” “Why did Jesus, Moses, Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road” and “Just Peacemaking” as reports of some PBCI staff.

 

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Joji Pantoja uses a bag to illustrate the need to look at our so-called enemy as a real, multi-dimensional person; this helps us in our process of forgiveness.

Once again, the whole team witnessed an outpouring of the Spirit as the participants shared not only their minds but also their hearts and souls. Personal stories were shared, proving again that peacebuilding begins in one’s “being” or in a person’s relationship with the Creator. It served also as a healing place for some of the participants as they explored peacebuilding.

PBSL is the training program for PBCI’s prospective PAR Consultants and new staff candidates; it is also the continuing education program for current PBCI staff, consultants, and selected volunteers.

PBSL is a two-year program with four quarters in a year. The next session will be held in June.

 

 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PBSL

Mission:

To equip effective peace-building and transformation leaders in the context of 21st century global realities based on an anabaptist peace theology.

Requirements:

This is an advanced leadership development program for those who have finished college or university degree, and have completed PBCI’s Peace and Reconciliation Seminars 1, 2, & 3.

Learning Resources:

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Dann Pantoja congratulates Pastor Eddie Isada, one of PBCI’s national intern, who finished the first quarter course of this two-year peacebuilding leadership training program based on Peace Theology.

  • A graduate-level leadership training based on Peace Theology and a set of Social Ethical Values
  • Has a well-established field experience in peace-building and conflict transformation in the context of Philippine realities
  • Facilitators are immersed, on a continuing basis, in various levels of conflict transformation processes in 19 out of 80 provinces in our country
  • Enriched by its national and international interns who bring to each class a rich mix of experiences and knowledge
  • A learning program whose learning facilitators are actual practitioners who have gone through academic disciplines in biblical peacemaking and social ethics
  • Participants are connected and actively working with local and global networks of peace-building practitioners

Courses Offered:

  • PEACE THEOLOGY 101 :: Introduction to Peace Theology. This is a biblical-theological discussion of peace from the perspective of active non-violence. This course will help the students to appreciate and to evaluate a biblical understanding and contemporary practice of Peace Theology. Such evaluation will be done within the framework of social sciences and informed from the perspective of biblical theology. The students will be intellectually involved in the current discussions on the meanings, proposals, and tasks of Peace Theology.
  • PEACE THEOLOGY 202 :: Peace and Peacemaking in the Old Testament. A biblical analysis of war and warfare in the Hebrew Bible. The class will study Millard C. Lind’s book, YAHWEH IS A WARRIOR; and, Gordon H. Matties’ commentary on JOSHUA. In his preface of JOSHUA, Matties said: “In an age of fear and insecurity, in which ethnic nationalisms continue to give rise to conflict and war, we dare not avoid critical engagement with biblical texts that have been used to justify colonialism, conquest, occupation, and ethnic cleansing. In this commentary I suggest that the book of Joshua is not a conquest account even though it incorporates several conquest accounts into its narrative. I advocate for the book of Joshua even as I engage in a ‘difficult conversation’ with it.”
  • PEACE THEOLOGY 303 :: Peace and Peacemaking in the New Testament. The class will study Willard Swartley’s COVENANT OF PEACE: THE MISSING PEACE IN NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY AND ETHICS. “Covenant of Peace” seeks to restore to New Testament theology and ethics the peace that many standard texts have missed. In this accessible volume, Willard Swartley explicates virtually all of the New Testament, relating peace — and the related emphases of love for enemies, non-retaliation, and reconciliation — to core theological themes such as salvation, Christology, and the reign of God.
  • SOCIAL ETHICS 101 :: Introduction to Social Ethics. This course will examine the sources for values that underly our personal ethics. It will also introduce the learners to some of the significant ethical theories in Western and Southeast Asian traditions, theories that we will apply to social and political issues in current Philippine society.
  • SOCIAL ETHICS 202 :: Culture, History, and Social Ethics in the Philippine Context. A survey and analysis of the cultural and historical factors affecting our social ethics as Filipinos. The class will discuss case studies of corruption and transformation from the lenses of spiritual, psycho-social, socio-political, and economic-ecological aspects of our realities.
  • SOCIAL ETHICS 303 :: Roots of Conflict, Violence, and Peace in the Philippines. An examination of influential theories about the sources and nature of conflict, violence, and peace. The class will discuss various levels of conflict — personal, family, community, society — and how Shalom Theology is applied in the conflict transformation processes needed for the healing of our land.

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Jul 03 2011

PHILIPPINE EVANGELICALS ESTABLISH PEACE & RECONCILIATION COMMISSION

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) gathered 40 Christian peace advocates from all over the country for the First Evangelical Peace Summit, held in Tagaytay City last June 29-30, 2011.

Bishop Efraim Tendero, PCEC National Director, laid down the objectives for this meeting:

  • to raise awareness and facilitate a common understanding on the context and issues of the current peace negotiations in the country;
  • to gain information about the current state and social cost of the armed conflict and military operations in different regions of the land;
  • to be updated with the ongoing efforts of various groups—religious and civil society organizations—in monitoring and brokering the peace negotiations;
  • to form a peace constituency from among the Evangelical church groups and to formulate a plan of action for peace at the local, regional, and national levels; and,
  • to formalize the creation of a Peace and Reconciliation Commission.

I presented A Biblical-Theological Framework for National Peace and Reconciliation Movement, expounding a holistic view of the Evangel or the Good News which is centered on Christ—the Prince of Peace.   The biblical-theological framework can be summarized as:

  • Harmony with the Creator—spiritual transformation;
  • Harmony with our Being—psycho-social transformation;
  • Harmony with Others—socio-political transformation; and,
  • Harmony with the Creation—economic-ecological transformation.

PeaceBuilders Community Inc. (PBCI) is also the major partner of PCEC in producing the 78-page Peace & Reconciliation Resource Manual that was distributed to all the participants and guests.

Dr. Alvin Ang, a professor at the University of Santo Tomas, lectured on the Socio-Economic Costs of the Armed Conflict in the Philippines.

Jurgette Honculada, Member of the Government Peace Negotiating Panel for Talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front, gave an Update on the Current Peace Negotiations.

Various groups also presented their respective peace and reconciliation activities.

After a challenging biblical reflection on Christian Unity by Bishop Tendero, the Summit concluded with the formal organization of the PCEC Peace and Reconciliation Commission. The delegates went back to their regions and provinces with a comprehensive strategy and specific plans of action.

Susan May Granada, the National Coordinator of the PCEC Peace and Reconciliation Commission, headed the team that prepared and coordinated this very important event in the life of the Evangelical Christians in the Philippines.  Susan is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University with a degree in Conflict Transformation.

 

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Jun 14 2011

STATE OF THE PHILIPPINE EVANGELICAL CHURCH TODAY: A POSITIVE RESPONSE

These are some of the pastors and Christian leaders who participated in the global prayer day gathered by Davao City Ministerial Fellowship last Monday, June 13, 2011.

Rev. Johnny Dalisay, President of Davao City Ministerial Fellowship, invited me to lead a prayer for the Philippines during our meeting last Monday.

Before I prayed, he showed a slide presentation entitled A Description of the Evangelical Church Today. Dr. Cesar Vicente P. Punzalan, Deputy National Director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), prepared the presentation.

I was glad when I saw the report of our growth as a segment of the Body of Christ in this land:

  • In 1975, there were 4,900 PCEC-based churches, but some were not counted in.
  • Today, there are 77,000 evangelical and full-gospel churches connected with PCEC.
  • PCEC-based churches are now 12% of the total Philippine population

12% of 90,000,000 is 10,800,000. That’s how many born-again Christians who are connected with church groups affiliated with PCEC. There should be more if we’ll include those who claim to have accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord but are not affiliated with PCEC-based denominations.

So, we have grown quantitatively as evangelical or full-gospel Christians! Praise God for this. We thank God for the church planters and evangelistic efforts of our congregations across the land!

Rev. Dalisay made a comment that despite the growing numbers of evangelical Christians in our land, the Philippines has become one of the most corrupt countries in Asia.

What he said was so true.

Here are the reports:

  • In 2007, the Philippines was perceived to be the most corrupt in the Asia-Pacific Region according to the annual corruption survey conducted by the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, based in Hong Kong.
  • As of Monday, June 06, 2011, we were ranked as the 4th most corrupt country according to a similar survey by the same consulting group.

The Born-Again Christians increased in number, but their influence as salt and light of the world did not seem to be felt by the society-at-large! Why?

Dr. Punzalan explains:

We do not fully understand nor attempted to recognize and deal with structural evil:

  • the lack of national righteousness,
  • the lack of social peace,
  • the lack of public justice, and
  • the lack of economic sufficiency

as the whole body of Christ.

This theological inadequacy of the church affected the methodological aspects of its ministries.

Here’s how Dr. Punzalan sees the big picture in our public ministry today.

86% of our churches do not have enough resources, organizational sustainability, or community impact

13% are healthy having the capacity to engage in impact-driven ministry

1% have more capacity for impact to transform the nation and engage in international missions.

So, how should we then respond?

What if we start with a practical articulation of  a biblical-theological framework that encapsulates all aspects of life and ministry which the Bible calls Shalom?

Shalom is understood as harmony with the Creator (spiritual transformation), harmony with our Being (psycho-social transformation), harmony with Others (socio-political transformation), and harmony with the Creation (economic-ecological transformation).

This theological framework can be adopted as one of the many models on how to develop a discipleship approach that would meet the current needs of our churches today:

  • a biblical commitment to national righteousness;
  • a biblical commitment to social peace;
  • a biblical commitment to public justice; and,
  • a biblical commitment to economic sufficiency.

We can respond positively to the 86% of our churches who want to develop indigenous resources and organizational sustainability in order to have positive impact in their respective communities.

May I share a vision called PAR 80 BY 2015 (PDF format). Dream with me for a moment: By December 31st, 2015, each of our 80 provinces will have a circle of God-fearing, ethical leaders called Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Communities!  They would serve as the catalysts to organize PAR Teams in their municipalities or cities.  These PAR Teams, in turn, would serve as conflict transformation volunteers and church-based advocates who will engage the local government units (LGUs) and other civil society organizations (CSOs) to initiate programs or to implement existing laws and government policies that are consistent with–

  • the church’s biblical commitment to national righteousness;
  • the church’s commitment to social peace;
  • the church’s commitment to public justice; and,
  • the church’s commitment to economic sufficiency.

These church-based PAR Teams would also initiate or get involved as volunteers in various community activities that will result to  —

  • spiritual transformation;
  • psycho-social transformation;
  • socio-political transformation; and,
  • economic-ecological transformation

of our beautiful land!

God willing, by January 01, 2016, the 80 PAR Communities in the Philippines would advance as a Peace and Reconciliation Movement with an integrated framework for peace-building, who are organized in partnership with various parts of the People of God, who are mobilized to do ministries of justice and peace in the name of Jesus, and who will lovingly serve all the peoples of our land unconditionally regardless of religion, ethnicity, or political ideology, to the end that our land will experience holistic transformation!

Peace and blessings to all!

 

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