Dann Pantoja is beginning to use his Tagalog indigenous name -- Lakan Sumulong. This is a statement that our indigenous identities can be a redeeming factor in healing our 'being' (that is, who we are as a people); help symbolize our determination to contribute what we ought to be 'doing' as a nation (that is--active, non-violent, radical transformation); and, determine how we will prioritize what we will be 'having' (that is, inclusive growth and national development based on justice and peace). Asked what fuels his positive outlook in life: “It’s the influence of Jesus, a first century Palestinian carpenter who was executed by the imperial power of his time. He said: ‘Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.’ Jesus defied the ultimate negative factor in our cosmos--death.”
My heart and mind reject the American use of the term ‘evangelical’ to describe a segment of U.S. population whose behavior and voice demonstrate racism and bigotry — against those whose skin color are not white; against those outside the Christian religion; and, against those outside the imagined boundaries of a stolen Turtle Island now referred to by the colonizers as the United States of America.
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/10/31/evangelical-christians-and-the-u-s-midterm-election/
Our younger leaders are pushing me to help prepare them to carry Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Principles, our contextual application of a peace theology, into the emerging realities of the 21st century. So, I’m exploring the ideas of Jeremy Rifkin who challenges humanity to “enter into a new world of biosphere politics, with new forms of governance emerging to accompany our new biosphere awareness.”
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/10/19/from-geopolitical-thinking-to-biosphere-consciousness-a-new-context-for-par/
The Bangsamoro and Beyond: A National Conversation is a televised discussion between representative members of various sections of society pertaining to the Bangsamoro transition. Joji was chosen to represent the new Christian migrant in Mindanao as a woman engaged in building peace with the Bangsamoro through social enterprise and inclusive development.
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/09/29/joji-represents-cfp-in-a-national-tv-conversation-on-the-bangsamoro/
While praying for peace, I joined the civil society organizations in Davao City who gathered together to publicly support the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Here, I was responding to a couple of interview questions by a local television reporter.
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/07/11/praying-for-our-legislators-as-they-deliberate-on-the-bangsamoro-basic-law/
This morning, Joji and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary. We did this in the midst of sadness because her mother passed away three days ago. We helped in leading the funeral services. What a paradoxical day!
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/07/01/reflective-notes-during-a-paradoxical-day-of-marriage-and-life-celebration/
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 …
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/06/28/being-jesus-witnesses-in-the-context-of-historical-injustices-part-3-of-3/