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.”
Finally, a big burden had been lifted from our shoulders! Christianity Today (CT) magazine declared that Donald Trump, who got elected by most white evangelicals, “should be removed from office.” As evangelical Christians working side-by-side in doing justice and peace advocacies with Muslims, Indigenous Peoples, Mainline Protestants, Catholics, and non religious people, we have been embarrassed by the actions of American evangelicals who have been blindly supporting Trump.
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/12/20/i-applaud-the-position-of-christianity-today-that-trump-should-be-removed-from-office/
Abu Dhabi, 08-12 December 2019 — Al Haj Ahod ‘Murad’ Ebrahim (Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) and Bishop Efraim Tendero (Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance), were honored by H.E. Dr Mohammad Al Kaabi (Chairman of the Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, UAE), and H.E. Abdallah bin Mahfudh ibn Bayyah (President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies) for their inter-faith peacebuilding contributions in southern Philippines.
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/12/14/filipino-peacebuilding-leaders-receive-award-at-a-global-peace-forum-in-uae/
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Last 15-17 August 2019, Joji represented PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) and Coffee for Peace (CFP) at a social enterprise policy forum held at the Office of the Chief Minister, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Cotabato City. She made a presentation before key members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), other social enterprise practitioners, and academicians.
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/08/28/encouraging-new-social-entrepreneurs-in-the-new-bangsamoro-autonomous-region-in-muslim-mindanao/
Peace and Reconciliation ministry is ultimately motivated by my love to the Creator, my service to Christ, and my submission to the Comforter. Yet, I have filial motivations for these vision, mission, and activities to which I’m committed — they are my family, especially my grand-children. What I’m doing now is a grandfather’s attempt to contribute to the care and sustainability of this planet for their future.
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/06/15/my-grandchildren-motivates-me-to-commit-to-par-based-climate-justice-activism/
Five years ago, a Canadian company sent 103 containers labeled “recyclable plastic” to the Manila International Container Terminal. I, a Filipino-Canadian working as a peacebuilder in the Philippines, am so embarrassed that a Canadian company considers used adult diapers, household garbage, and other wastes as “recyclable plastic.” This garbage is hurting the relations between Canada and the Philippines.
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/05/24/the-garbage-that-spoils-philippine-canada-relations-a-peacebuilders-perspective/
Peace and justice advocates are facing great challenges and difficulties as the government intensify their anti-insurgency campaign. In 30 March,14 farmers were killed by the police and military in Negros Oriental. Last 04 April, the president made a public threat to arrest critics and declare a ‘revolutionary war.’ A UN rapporteur testifies that there is a silent war being waged on Philippine indigenous communities. As faith-based peace-and-justice field workers committed to active nonviolence, how should we respond to these challenges?
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/04/06/pursuing-peace-and-reconciliation-amidst-the-challenging-political-realities-were-facing/