In the midst of violence and injustice happening in Mindanaw, I sense healing energies embracing the people who are in the forefront of justice and peace advocacy. I’ve been encountering this breath of fresh air through the inspiring words of global leaders and through a series of meetings with civil society workers and leaders.
Category: PEACE WITH THE CREATION
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Last 15 January 2019, Joji served as plenary speaker at the Learning Conference 2019 which was held at the Mary Hill Retreat Center, Taytay, Rizal. This conference was organized by the Asian School of Development and Cross-Cultural Studies (ASDECS) in partnership with Kabalikat para sa Maunlad na Buhay, Inc. (KMBI). The conference theme was “Conspiracy of the Wise Builders” — it’s about building sustainable, regenerating, and transformational communities.
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I was taking pictures of one of the Kadayawan dance groups in Davao City. The face of a woman dancer caught my attention. I felt in her facial expression what I’ve been hearing from certain leaders of the Lumad or Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao with whom I interact: “Listen! Hear my voice! Listen to my angry heart. Stop lecturing on us! You’ve been killing our people. Stop killing us! You’ve been pitting us against each other. Stop dividing us! You’ve been destroying our mountains and rivers. Stop stealing our lands!”
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/11/30/equipping-disciples-of-love-in-the-midst-of-resource-based-armed-conflicts-in-mindanao/
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Mining is one of the major factors causing violent conflicts and environmental devastation in the Philippines. This is specially true among the Indigenous Peoples’ ancestral domains. Canadian corporations are a major player in the mining industry in this country. Social and environmental activists call on mining corporations, including Canadian companies, to stop the destructive impacts of their business activities in the Philippines. They also call on the government to repeal the current pro-business and anti-people laws that allow the destructive impacts of mining in our country.
Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/11/10/canadian-mining-industry-and-peacebuilding-in-the-philippines/
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/
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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