Feb 05 2016

RELATIONAL PRIVILEGES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN PEACE AND RECONCILIATION

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Two Kalinga tribes — the Sumacher Tribe and the Naneng Tribe — have invited Joji and me to become a ceremonial part of their people. This is equivalent to becoming both a spiritual member of the tribe and becoming a ‘naturalized citizen’ of the community. Being embraced by the loving and caring tribal community is …

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Jan 30 2016

RENEWED BARBARISM: THE GLOBAL ROOTS OF CURRENT REFUGEE CRISIS

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How should we respond to global refugee crisis? As a personal response and a sign of solidarity, I participated in a multi-sectoral gathering in the central city of Groningen, Netherlands. We celebrated, expresed, and gave a warm welcome to Syrian and Eritrean refugees. During the celebration, I had mixed feelings — both happy and unsettled …

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Jan 12 2016

UNDERSTANDING THE MORO STRUGGLE IN MINDANAO

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The Bangsamoro is the Moro Nation Muslims in the Philippines are mostly located in the islands of Mindanao. There are thirteen Muslim tribes: the Iranun, Magindanaon, Maranao, Tao-Sug, Sama, Yakan, JamaMapun, Ka’agan, Kalibugan, Sangil, Molbog, Palawani and Badjao. Collectively, they are also known as the Bangsamoro people. The term Bangsamoro is a combination of two …

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Jan 04 2016

WE EMBRACE THE LARGER REALITIES IMAGINED BY A NEW PAR COMMISSION

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It’s 2016! PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) looks forward to this New Year with renewed energies of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23). These characteristics have been our corporate prayers since we said goodbye to 2015. PBCI is also inspired by a new national Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) movement. Last 22-26 …

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Dec 23 2015

PBCI AND CFP STAFF CELEBRATE 2015 CHRISTMAS

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The staff of PeaceBuilders Community and Coffee For Peace gathered for a special fellowship to celebrate Christmas 2015. Everybody participated to make this modest celebration a loving, just, peaceful, and joyful demonstration of our relationships as a community. The Administrative Staff designed to make this event more memorable by being simple and yet meaningful. We avoided …

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Dec 17 2015

DR. ZERBE SHARES NEW TESTAMENT INSIGHTS ON JUSTICE AND PEACE AMONG DAVAO’S CHRISTIAN LEADERS

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  Dr. Gordon Zerbe, Academic Vice President at Canadian Mennonite University, graciously offered his expertise in New Testament through a series of public lectures among selected leaders, field workers, and volunteers of various Christian churches and organizations in the Greater Davao Area. Upon the invitation by four groups — UCCP Davao (the Davao City congregation …

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Dec 02 2015

BIBLICAL PEACEBUILDING IS TAKING A RISK TO LOVE LIKE JESUS

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Perhaps, the only way a good thing can happen is by taking a risk. That means opening one’s self to the possibility of failure, and being utterly vulnerable. This was the case when our group of Evangelical Christian peace theologians and missionaries headed by PCEC National Director, Bishop Noel Pantoja, travelled to Midsayap, North Cotabato …

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Nov 28 2015

BUKIDNON COFFEE PROCESSING FACILITY IS SET

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The Opportunity. PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) has been organizing Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Communities in armed conflicted areas of Mindanao and throughout the Philippines for the past 10 years. A major aspect of this PAR community development is the establishment of inclusive growth initiatives. Coffee growing, processing, and marketing is the most sustainable livelihood program …

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Nov 17 2015

BAGOBO TRIBAL COMMUNITY AND LOCAL FARMERS INVITE PBCI-CFP FOR CONSULTATION

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14-16 November 2015.  The Managa Tribal Council (MTC) and the Balutakay Coffee Farmers Association (BaCoFA) invited PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) and Coffee For Peace (CFP) for a series of consultations. With the guidance of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the discussion revolved around the socio-cultural procedures and legal steps towards an inclusive development …

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Nov 01 2015

CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM THEOLOGIANS INITIATE DIALOGICAL RELATIONSHIPS

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The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) headed by its National Director, Bishop Noel Pantoja, together with a group of Evangelical theologians and professors had an interfaith dialogue with a group of Muslim religious leaders, professors, and Shari’a jurists headed by Ustadz Abdulkadir Abubakar. This was held last 24-25 October 2015 at the Southern Christian College in Midsayap, …

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