The PBCI Information & Communications Team is a group of volunteer writers and web designers at PeaceBuilders Community Incorporated (PBCI) who are working from different parts of the globe. Their task is to document all the activities initiated by the various communities and groups belonging to PAR Philippines — a national peace and reconciliation movement doing inclusive development initiatives, social entrepreneurial training, multiplication of effective peacebuilding workers, conflict transformation consulting, and restorative justice processes. PBCI is a community of missionaries who are dreaming and working together for a just, radical, and active non-violent transformation of our beautiful land.

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JOJI ATTENDS TO HER RESPONSIBILITIES AS PEACE COMMISSION CHAIR OF MENNONITE WORLD CONFERENCE

Joji flew to Amsterdam to join her colleagues serving with the Peace Commission of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC). Their meetings were held back-to-back with the Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival. The highlight of her trip was the launching of the Global Anabaptist Peace Network.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/07/05/joji-attends-to-her-responsibilities-as-peace-commission-chair-of-mennonite-world-conference/

DANN PANTOJA AND GORD ZERBE CO-TEACH “JUSTICE, PEACEBUILDING, AND A THEOLOGY OF STRUGGLE” AT CSOP 2019

At the 2019 Canadian School of Peacebuilding, Gordon Zerbe and Dann Pantoja teamed up in teaching “Justice, Peacebuilding, and a Theology of Struggle.” Gordon provided the theological and theoretical frameworks and analyses. Dann told field stories. Their 12 students came from 8 countries gathered in Winnipeg last 17-21 June.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/06/24/dann-pantoja-and-gord-zerbe-co-teaches-justice-peacebuilding-and-a-theology-of-struggle-at-csop-2019/

BISHOP UPLIFTS PRIESTS WHO FACE THREATS OF VIOLENCE AND DEATH IN THE PHILIPPINES

Last year, three Catholic priests were killed in the Philippines. Last December, bishops who were perceived as opposing the ‘war on drugs’ were tagged as “useless fools” to be killed. These prompted church leaders to condemn what they describe as a “culture of violence” that has “gradually prevailed in our land.” Catholic Archbishop Socrates Villegas delivered his Maundy Thursday homily addressing these challenges.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/04/21/bishop-encourages-priests-who-face-threats-of-violence-and-death-in-the-philippines/

TRIBAL ELDERS FROM KALINGA VISIT DAVAO FOR PAR-FRAMED INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

The Banao Tribal Elders from the Municipality of Balbalan, Province of Kalinga graced us with their presence from 27 February to 02 March 2019. During their visit, they affirmed our inclusive development partnership; they went through an orientation seminar on coffee farming, processing, quality enhancement, and marketing; and, they went through peace and reconciliation seminar.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/03/04/tribal-elders-from-kalinga-visit-davao-for-par-framed-inclusive-development-training/

PBSL LAUNCHES ‘SOUTH PEACE EQUIPPING’ — A MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

PeaceBuilders School of Leadership (PBSL) started its new SouthPeace Equipping program focusing on developing individuals and groups who are ready to be trained as social entrepreneurs. The two-year program consists of Entrepreneurial Introspection & Ideation; Introduction to Inclusive Development; Basic Social Entrepreneurial Skills; and, Proposal Writing for Social Business. These skills are imparted to the participants along with a set of ethical values we call Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Principles and Practices.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/11/20/pbsl-launches-south-peace-equipping-a-mentorship-program-for-social-entrepreneurs/

MENNONITE CHURCH CANADA’S W. METZGER AND J. MARTIN VISIT OUR PAR FIELDS

We have been blessed by the visit of two executives of Mennonite Church Canada. Willard Metzger (Executive Director) and Jason Martin (International Witness Director) immersed themselves for a week in the PAR Fields where we serve as International Witness Partnership Workers.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/10/09/mennonite-church-canadas-w-metzger-and-j-martin-visit-our-par-fields/

LAKAN SHARED PAR PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES TO PEACE EDUCATION LEADERS IN MINDANAO

Rev. Fr. Randy Jasper C. Odchigue, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), invited Lakan Sumulong to the 3rd Mindanao Peace Studies Conference last 21-22 November 2017 in Butuan City. The conference theme was “Cultivating Peace Through Deeper Understanding”. Lakan shared PAR principles and practices. PAR is peace and reconciliation. …

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2017/12/01/lakan-shared-par-principles-and-practices-to-peace-education-leaders/

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