Joji & Dann Pantoja are beginning to use their Tagalog indigenous name — "Lakambini Mapayapa & Lakan Sumulong" — as they seek to practice peace and reconciliation principles in the armed conflicted areas in the Philippines. For them, "Lakambini & Lakan" is a statement that their indigenous identities can be a redeeming factor in healing their ‘being’ — that is, who they are as community members of particular ethno-linguistic groups who are in a journey-of-healing from the wounds of colonial oppression. "Lakambini & Lakan" also helps them symbolize their determination to contribute to what they believe, as a people, ought to be ‘doing’ — that is, active, non-violent, radical transformation. Finally, "Lakambini & Lakan" is a statement of determination how they view their priorities on what they and their small organization will be ‘having’ — that is, hope-filled communities practicing inclusive development based on justice and peace.
It’s difficult to say “Merry Christmas” when deep inside we’re crying as we watch our fellow human beings suffer because of unjust political policies and natural disasters happening around us. But we still shout, with much conviction, that in the midst of these painful realities, God is with us. Immanu El! The Creator chose to visit us as a human being. The Eternal One chose to dwell with us as a mortal. This is Hope Incarnate!
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A new group of farmers from around the Mount Apo area have requested our Inclusive Development Consulting Team to conduct a series of hands-on workshop on post-harvest coffee processing.
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Sihaya Ansibod (Jobee Basas) flew to New York last 14 August to attend the Indigenous Values Conference which is being held 18-19 August 2018 in Syracuse University, New York. She is travelling with Joseph ‘Ka Boyet’ Ongkiko, one of our senior consultants at PeaceBuilders Community.
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As faith-based conflict transformation workers here in Mindanao, we continually remind ourselves that the everyday reality we experience is a harmonization of spiritual and physical realities. Our courage is based on a faith conviction that the Spirit of the Creator is the highest and the most powerful Spirit in this harmonized reality.
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/07/31/biblical-nonviolence-is-based-on-a-holistic-view-of-reality/
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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As Mennonite Church Canada Witness Workers, Joji and I are expected to do Canadian ministry every two years. We have been doing this together since 2006. Except this time. Joji has to do this Canadian ministry alone, while I need to stay in the field. Joji has been an effective spokesperson for both PeaceBuilders Community …
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