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Calendar of Activities: Peace Month

JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION!

Doing something for Peace Day? Submit your initiatives by contacting us.

NOTE: The schedules of initiatives here may change without prior notice. It is advisable to contact the local area coordinators beforehand.

GenPeace is part of the larger network called the Waging Peace Philippines and the broader coming together of the Philippine peace movement known as the “Kilos para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan” (KILOS).


		
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GenPeace Documentary: A Story of Peace


Peace is still elusive for the Philippines. The country is still wrought by a forgotten
war spanning approximately four decades. GenPeace seeks to educate and call to action
the young generation to help put and end to the armed violence by supporting the peace
processes.

The International Day of Peace, celebrated every 21st of September, is one opportunity
to raise awareness and support for peace from the youth in the country. This short
documentary showcases some of the local realities and peace initiatives of GenPeace and
its partner- and member-organizations.

Approx. 10 minutes, Filipino with English subtitles
Edited by: King Mark Baco
Produced and Written by: Generation Peace Youth Network

Joint Statement on Mindanao Week of Peace

(26 NOVEMBER – 2 DECEMBER 2009)

Theme : “Think Mindanao, Feel Mindanao,
Bring Peace to Mindanao”

“Blessed are the Peace Makers, for they shall be called Children of God.” Matthew 5:9

“O you who believe! Enter into Peace (perfectly and completely)…”
Al-Qur’an, 2:208

“You will not enter paradise unless you believe. But you will not be able to believe unless you love one another; Do you want me to tell you a way by which you will be able to love one another? Give (and show) peace towards one another.” –Al-Hadith

In the spirit of fraternal collaboration and solidarity, we greet with respect our fellow Mindanawons as we celebrate once again the Mindanao Week of Peace.

Providentially initiated in 1998 by the Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ), the MWP region-wide celebrations, later vigorously promoted by the BUC, have thankfully energized Mindanawons to express in many varied ways our need and aspirations for lasting peace. This variety of ways inspired by our respective faith and culture has repeatedly shown us that peace must begin with each and everyone of us.

Therefore, if peace has to be brought up personally to Mindanao by every Mindanawon, this need and aspiration must influence the individual thoughts and feelings of us all. Since our holy scriptures remind us always that each of us bears the image of the Almighty and Merciful Creator in our souls and spirit, this godly gift must always be in our minds when we think, in our heart when we feel, and in our behavior when entire Mindanao as one and solid community calls for a just and lasting peace.

So in the name of God/Allah we earnestly urge every Mindanawon: “Think Mindanao, Feel Mindanao, Bring Peace to Mindanao”.

Assalamu alaikum/ Peace be with us all!

(Sgd.)

FERNANDO R. CAPALLA, DD HILARIO M. GOMEZ, JR., PhD
Archbishop of Davao UCCP Bishop Emeritus

(Sgd.)

DR. HAMID A. BARRA
Ulama League of the Philippines

Innovative Resource to Teach Young about Diverse Religions

New York, July 6th 2009 – “Knowing and understanding people’s beliefs is critical in building better relations within and among societies and religions. This is why the Alliance of Civilizations has made it a priority to work toward this goal. The Alliance has created an online network, named the Clearinghouse on Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB), which provides users with educational materials and resources on tolerance and civic education,” said UN Alliance of Civilizations High Representative and former President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio.

Launched this week, the website (www.aocerb.org) features news, guidelines, learning and teaching materials, links to organizations, and lists of events relevant to learning about diverse religions and beliefs. It also includes an online forum which allows educators and policy-makers to exchange views and resources, learn from each others’ work and advance ideas about successful programs that teach about religions and beliefs.