The Peacemakers' Circle recent video clip of Muslim-Christian community of Tala on YouTube:
Also check out on YouTube the 20-minute version of our documentary film, In the Light of the Crescent Moon.
MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKERS in TALA receive 1.3M from DSWD SEA-K
Nothing is more rewarding for us at The Peacemakers’ Circle than to see Muslims and Christians in grassroots communities—whom we have trained in the ways of peace and relationship-building, and have journeyed together with for almost a decade—grow in capacity for handling their differences, build mutually respectful and collaborative relationships with each other, and be individually and collectively empowered to address the challenges that they face in their lives. It is with pride and joy that I share with you this success story in Barangay 188,Phase 12 in Tala, Caloocan City! (read more)
Celebrating 12 years of Interfaith Peacebuilding
On March 14, 2013, over a hundred people of diverse religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions gathered together at the Ananda Marga Yoga Center in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City to celebrate FAITHS IN HARMONY. This was a joyful gathering that marked the 12th year anniversary of The Peacemakers' Circle in its endeavors to promote Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding. Despite the summer drizzle, friends and supporters came and offered prayers for peace in music and dance; old friendships were renewed and new friendships were made, and a healthy vegetarian feast not only satisfied our hunger but also nourished our souls with the spirit of solidarity and care for the journey ahead!
Today, we at The Peacemakers' Circle give thanks for the friendship, inspiration and support that YOU our friends have given us these past twelve years! And we look forward to many more years ahead with new hope and commitment to the ongoing endeavor of building mutually respectful and harmonious relationships between and among peoples of diverse cultures and beliefs!
In this spirit of gratitude and joy, I am pleased to announce that in May we shall be launching our pilot project on INTRA-FAITH DIALOGUE FOR MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN RELATIONSHIP-BUILDING in the conflict-affected communities of Midsayap and Aleosan in North Cotabato, Mindanao. This is a one-year training workshop program that aims to promote Love and Forgiveness in those communities. This will be conducted in partnership with the Balay Rehabilitation Center, the Imam Council of the Philippines, and the Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (ECID-CBCP). This project is made possible through funding by the Fetzer Institute of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the support of Dr. Ruben Habito of the Perkins University (Dallas, Texas). A film documentary on the dialogue process will be produced by Surf Reyes.
While this is happening, our interfaith dialogue activities and initiatives in Metro Manila shall continue under the care of Shakuntala Vaswani and Orlan de Guzman; a weekend retreat on Inner Work for Self-Awareness Transformation is scheduled for November; and our Muslim-Christian Relationship-Building work in grassroots communities continues--in Tala (Caloocan City), Culiat (Quezon City), Maharlika-Bicutan (Taguig), and in Quiapo (Manila)--with the support of the Australian Embassy and other friends and supporters, most prominent of which is Rev. Fr. Andre De Bleeker, CICM, who has been helping to generate substantial funds (from Belgium) for our work these past five years! Thank you, Fr. Andre!
Fr. Andre De Bleeker, CICM is leaving the Philippines for good on May 28, 2013. He has been assigned to take charge of the CICM archives in Rome. We are happy for him and wish him happiness and success in his endeavors! Godspeed, Fr. Andre!
Once again, thank you all for being part of our enriching and inspiring interfaith journey! We look forward to growing with you as we carry on with new hope and aspirations for the future!
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See reflection-report and photos from Interfaith Harmony Week celebration on facebook:
Global Symphony of Interfaith Peace Prayers - Manila 2011
More than 80 people from different faith groups, organizations and institutions participated in the event that was synchronized with the grand SOPP of the Byakko Shinko Kai at the Fuji Sanctuary in Japan, kicking-off the 24-hour worldwide prayer marathon that involves more than 500 different groups in various locations in over 80 countries.
On its fourth year (since SOPP began to be staged locally outside Japan in 2008) SOPP Manila has been organized by the Mandala Peace Arts Initiative, Inc. (MPAI), in partnership with The Peacemakers’ Circle Foundation, Inc. (TPCFI), United Religions Initiative in Southeast Asia-Pacific (URI-SEAP), and several other peace groups and faith organizations... read more
On March 24, 2011 (Easter Sunday) Earth Day was celebrated with the yearly Sandiwang (Isang Diwa ng Pagdiriwang para sa Kalikasan), an interfaith gathering organized by the Earth Day Network-Philippines.
The whole day program started with interfaith prayers from over 20 different groups and civil society organizations who offered solidarity prayers from their faith tradition. This was signaled by ringing of the Peace Bell by the Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista...
read more: http://peacemakersnews.blogspot.com/2011/04/earthday-2011-sandiwang-interfaith.html
The Religious Society of Friends -- otherwise known as Quakers-- invited The Peacemakers' Circle to facilitate an interfaith dialogue session during their Asia-Pacific regional gathering (April 2 to 7, 2011) held at the Bukal ng Tipan Maryhill Retreat Center in Taytay, Rizal.
On April 2, 2011 (Saturday) The Peacemakers' Circle celebrated the culmination of the Muslim-Christian Grassroots Leadership Programs and honored 75 youths and 16 leaders from the four grassroots communities of Tala, Caloocan City; Culiat, Quezon City; Maharlika & Upper Bicutan, Taguig City; and Quiapo, Manila.
In partnership with the Miriam College Center for Peace Education, and supported by the United Religions Initiative-Southeast Asia-Pacific, and the Australian Embassy in Manila, the event was held at the ESI Conference Hall of Miriam College in Quezon City.
read more: http://peacemakersnews.blogspot.com/2011/04/culminating-program-of-muslim-christian.html
On March 28, 2011 (Monday) The Peacemakers' Circle participated in an interfaith prayer service for the healing of Japan and the rest of the ailing nations in the world.
Held at the front of the Japan Embassy in Manila, the simple yet very meaningful event was spearheaded by the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) in cooperation with partner organizations such as the College of St. Benilde Social Action Center...
read more: http://peacemakersnews.blogspot.com/2011/04/interfaith-prayers-for-japan.html
The Peacemakers' Circle was honored to have been invited to a special screening for the interfaith community of TUM: MY PLEDGE OF LOVE
latest film directed and produced by the action star himself, Mr. Robin Abdul Aziz Padilla, together with his new wife, Ms. Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla.
Known to be the first Filipino film shot almost entirely in India, TUM speaks of the message that resonates well with the advocacy of The Peacemakers' Circle about peace, interfaith harmony and unity amidst diversity...
read more: http://peacemakersnews.blogspot.com/2011/04/peacemakers-at-moviesrobin-padilla-film.html
With the theme:"The Role of Women in my Faith," insightful sharings from different spiritual traditions were heard... read more
Welcoming the Lunar New Year, The Peacemakers' Circle co-organized with cultural workshop group, Sanghabi, a "Temple Hippity-Hopping!" (ushering the Year of the White Metal Rabbit) held on Feb.2, 2011 (Thursday).
(see more photos at: http://www.facebook.com/al
On February 5, 2011 (Saturday) The Peacemakers' Circle joined forces with the United Muslim-Christian Peacemakers Association (UMCPA) of Tala to gather their youth group, the Muslim-Christian Youths for Peace and Development (MCYPD) in an Interfaith Harana (Friendship Serenade/visit to Faith Centers).
read the whole article here: http://peacemakersnews.blogspot.com/2011/02/world-interfaith-harmony-week-first.html.
World Peace Day 2010 in Manila
The International Day of Peace 2010 in Manila was celebrated through several public activities throughout the Peace Consciousness Month of September.
Earth Dance Manila - Global Peace Festival (September 18-19, 2010)
On the weekend before World Peace Day, Manila joined countries in the global peace celebration called Earth Dance Festival that brought together artists, performers, ritualists, dancers, cultural creatives, peace workers, environmentalists, youths and different earth-lovers from all walks of life in an over-night gathering at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Monument in Quezon City.
GenPeace Youth Peace Day Celebration (September 21, 2010)
With its theme for the year: "Sustaining the Youth's Engagement, Bridging the Peacebuilding Gaps" -- the Generation Peace Youth Network, with partner organizations--including The Peacemakers' Circle, URI-SEAP, and World Peace Prayer Society-- led the celebration of World Peace Day in Manila at the Peace Bell Area of the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.
Recognizing the different gaps (i.e. between youth and elder advocates, between apathetic and socially-active youth, etc.) the celebration saw a wide participation of different groups, civil society organizations, academe, government agencies, performing artists from all over Metro Manila and even as far as Visayas and Mindanao.
Read the rest of the report and see more photos here: http://peacemakersnews.blogspot.com/2010/10/world-peace-day-2010-in-manila.html
On September 11, 2010 (Saturday) The Peacemakers' Y4U (youth for unity) and the United Religions Initiative - Southeast Asia-Pacific (URI-SEAP) celebrated "Peace in Diversity" with more than about 25 youths from diverse faiths and different nationalities and cultures in an Interfaith Youth Dialogue held at the Partnership Center in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
The participants were Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Hindus, Baha'i's and Multifaith youths from (aside from the Philippines) Malaysia, China, Myanmar, Laos, and Korea. They were representatives from the Institute of Formation Fondacio Asia (IFFA); Columban Missionary; Environmental Broadcast Circle Peace Program; Culiat Muslim community; and the Baha'i community.
After the dialogue circle, The Peacemakers' Y4U and members of IFFA proceeded to the Ramadhan Fair held at the Commission on Higher Education in UP Diliman to celebrate the Eidl Fitr with our Muslim brothers and sisters...
See more photos here: http://peacemakersnews.blogspot.com/2010/09/peace-in-diversity-interfaith-youth.html
On August 30-31, 2010 The Peacemakers' Circle facilitated a two-day workshop on Youth Action for Interfaith Dialogue for young leaders from all over the country organized by the U.S. Embassy's Cultural Affairs Section. Below is an article about the event published at Philippine Daily Inquirer, written by Annelle Tayao...
‘It’s just opening ourselves to something as simple as conversation’
(PDI article by Annelle S. Tayao (First Posted 22:05:00 09/11/2010)
A SEMINARIAN, a Philippine Military Academy
student and the first woman president of Mindanao State University’s student government—they, with other youth leaders from all over the country, made their voices heard at the recent interreligious workshop “yPeace: Youth in Action for Interfaith Dialogue.”
Initiated by the US Embassy and facilitated by the Peacemakers’ Circle Foundation Inc., yPeace gathered 34 participants, some from as far as Tawi-Tawi, who, aside from representing schools and peace-related organizations, also served as spokespersons for their different faiths: Catholic, Protestant, Born-Again, Pentecostal, Church of Christ, Islam, as well as indigenous beliefs.
Held Aug. 30-31, the two-day intensive workshop was at Hyatt Hotel in Malate, Manila.
(To read more check out this link:
MANILA COOPERATION CIRCLES CELEBRATE
10 years of enduring daily interfaith cooperation in creating cultures of peace and healing for the Earth and all living beings...
THE PEACEMAKERS' CIRCLE (a founding member/Cooperation Circle of URI)
through its interfaith youth arm, YOUTH FOR UNITY (Y4U) in partnership with MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKERS ASSOCIATION CC,
the UNITED MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKERS SEA-K,
and the MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN YOUTHS FOR PEACE & DEVELOPMENT
successfully conducted an interfaith community service program:
ECO-WASTE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR
for the benefit of the Ondoy-affected Muslim-Christian grassroots community of Tala
last JUNE 26th - Saturday, 8am - 12nn at Brgy. 188, Phase 12, Tala, Caloocan City
In the heat of the summer sun on May 16th, 2010 at the Riverbanks Plaza of Marikina City, the Philippines once again participated in creating a wave of prayerful vibrations around the globe as the Global Peace Meditation and Prayer Day / World Shift Day was celebrated with the Symphony of peace prayers hosted by the Mandala Peace Arts Initiative (MPAI), and made possible by Byakko Shinko Kai, in partnership with The Peacemakers’ Circle Foundation, Inc. (PCFI) and the Riverbanks Center.
View complete report and photos here: http://sopppilipinas.blogspot.com/2010/05/sopp-2010-global-peace-meditation.html