YOUNG FARMERS FROM COTABATO EXPLORE COFFEE PRODUCTION PARTNERSHIP WITH PBCI-CFP

Ms. Dee Dimaisip Bat-og has been mentoring a group of young farmers belonging to the Moro and Indigenous Peoples. They dreamt of starting a social entrepreneurial initiative through coffee. They organized themselves and formed PeaceCreed Philippines. They found it best to learn social entrepreneurship and quality coffee production framed in Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) principles. They called PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. and Coffee For Peace to help them.

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THE MUSLIM COUNCIL OF ELDERS INVITED ME TO THE ‘GLOBAL CONFERENCE OF HUMAN FRATERNITY’

Last 03-05 February 2019, I attended the Global Conference of Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi by the invitation of Dr. Sultan Al Rumaithi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Elders. A historic document, Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, was signed by both His Holiness Pope Francis (Pope of the Catholic Church) and His Eminence Dr. Ahmer El-Tayeb (Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif) during this conference.

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DESPITE THE VIOLENCE AROUND US, I SENSE SO MUCH HEALING ENERGIES EMBRACING US

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.

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OUR VANCOUVER FAMILY VISITS US IN OUR BEAUTIFUL ARCHIPELAGO

This is the first time when all five of us, and the whole fifteen who surround the five of us with love, have gathered together in our beautiful archipelago to bond as a family from 28 December 2018 to 17 January 2019. While exploring places, we also explored family growth processes through loving reflections together.

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JOJI SERVES AS PLENARY SPEAKER AT THE 2019 LEARNING CONFERENCE

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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BYRON PANTOJA AND MANDY VELASCO EXCHANGE MARRIAGE VOWS

More than a decade of friendship. Three years in a relationship. Then got legally married last 14 February 2018. Early this evening, they publicly exchanged their sacred vows before their families, friends and larger community. Their wedding prompted the coming of our loved-ones from Canada.

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WE HOPE IN CHRIST, EVEN IF THERE’S NOT MUCH REASON TO BE MERRY IN THE WORLD TODAY

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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OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

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