MY RANTS WHILE ADVOCATING PEACE AND RECONCILIATION UNDER MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO

Last Wednesday, 12 December 2018, the 17th Congress extended the martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2019. It was President Rodrigo Duterte who requested the legislative body to extend the military rule in our island. This means also that the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in our region is suspended. The government can arrest persons of interest without a warrant. This is the current socio-political context of our peace-and-reconciliation ministry.

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EQUIPPING DISCIPLES OF LOVE IN THE MIDST OF RESOURCE-BASED ARMED CONFLICTS IN MINDANAO

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!”

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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/

CANADIAN MINING INDUSTRY AND PEACEBUILDING IN THE PHILIPPINES

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.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/11/10/canadian-mining-industry-and-peacebuilding-in-the-philippines/

DOUG KLASSEN ACCEPTS THE CALL TO LEAD MENNONITE CHURCH CANADA

Mennonite Church Canada is pleased to announce that Doug Klassen has accepted our call to the position of Executive Minister. “It is an exciting time in Mennonite Church Canada. I want to help inspire a vision for what it means to be a nationwide church. I firmly believe that congregations are the foundational unit of the church and that congregational revitalization is critical,” says Doug. “There is a hunger in our culture for a witness to Jesus Christ that is rooted and grounded in love.”

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EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS AND THE U.S. MIDTERM ELECTION

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.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/10/31/evangelical-christians-and-the-u-s-midterm-election/

OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

We are sent by Mennonite Church Canada Witness in partnership with our international community.