PRAYING FOR OUR LEGISLATORS AS THEY DELIBERATE ON THE BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW

Between the 9th and the 13th of July 2018, the Bicameral Conference Committee of the Philippine Congress will finally decide on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The state of the Peace Process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be determined by the final version of the …

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BEING JESUS’ WITNESSES IN THE CONTEXT OF HISTORICAL INJUSTICES — PART 3 OF 3

Justice-Based PeaceBuilding   Joji and I are constantly faced with enormous instances of social injustices. Indigenous Peoples are being pushed out of their ancestral domains by state and non-state armed forces. Local farmers are pushed deeper into poverty due to unjust trading manipulations by the rich and powerful. Government promises of autonomy and right to …

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BEING JESUS’ WITNESSES IN THE CONTEXT OF HISTORICAL INJUSTICES — PART 2 OF 3

Historical Injustices   The present armed-conflicts in the Philippines, along with many wars and violence in the global realities of the 21st century, are rooted in various historical injustices that have traumatized various nations, especially many Indigenous Peoples, over several generations. Historical injustice, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, is “past moral wrong committed by previously living people that has …

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BEING JESUS’ WITNESSES IN THE CONTEXT OF HISTORICAL INJUSTICES — PART 1 OF 3

Being Jesus’ Witnesses   Jesus—Our Justice and Peace. When peace theologians and church leaders taught me to read and interpret the Bible through the life, character, and work of Jesus, I felt so liberated! Being raised up in the midst of the violent context under the dark years of Marcos’ martial rule in the Philippines, …

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FIELD NOTES AND REFLECTION ON THE MEANING OF ‘VIOLENT EXTREMISM’

My peacebuilding colleague seems to have lost his confidence in non-violence. In an online conversation, he said: “Kaka Lakan, we have tried applying active non-violent approaches. Ten years. Ten long years… They’re killing us slowly… We might as well die fighting. Sorry, I’ll have to pick up my equipment again…” Such were the words of …

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I STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIANS; I PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF BOTH JEWS AND PALESTINIANS

This is where I part ways, theologically and ethically, with many of my Christian Zionist friends, many of them happen to be my ministry colleagues in the evangelical community. Standing up with the Palestinians. This is also a proper time to reaffirm my solidarity with my Palestinian sisters and brothers in Christ who are suffering under the …

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LIVING THE ‘KINGDOM ETHICS’ AND BEING LIBERATED FROM FEAR-ORIENTED OUTLOOK

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34 NIV) The Big Brother, the Big Media, the Big Business, the Big Cop, the …

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CELEBRATING AND UNDERSTANDING THE UNIFICATION OF NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA

We’re happy that North and South Korea are about to begin their unification process! We applaud the persistent effort of the South Korean government to make this inter-Korean summit a successful event. “Since his inauguration in May 2017,” a Hankyoreh editorial stated, “Moon has continually made overtures of peace to the North.” We are also excited …

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I REITERATE MY PROTEST AGAINST THE WESTERN BOMBING OF SYRIA

As I worship the Great Creator today, my main prayer is for justice, protection, and peace for the civilians in Syria. I cry for the 500,000+ who died in these conflict. I cry with their families. I lament the fact that majority in the West are supporting the lies that are being fed through the …

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LOOKING AT REALITY FROM THE ‘RESURRECTION PERSPECTIVE’

Happy Resurrection Day! I believe that Jesus rose from the dead not merely as a religious dogma that can be self-serving and at times used as a bigoted “I-am-right-you-are-wrong” statement. I believe the Resurrection because — I see Life transcending the seeming finality of death; I see the Light surpassing the seeming endlessness of darkness; …

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