KAPAYAPAAN (Peace)

A call on the different sectors of the church, both clergy and laity, to facilitate peace building efforts in their localities by involving i A call on the different sectors of the church, both clergy and laity, to facilitate peace building efforts in their localities by involving in various activities that can rebuild or re-establish confidence among parties in opposing sides to talk, respect and protect non-combatants (especially, women, children, the elderly and differently-abled), and “go the other mile” with any form of localized peace initiatives. It is no secret that a large part of the jurisdiction of DEA is under martial law. And it is also no secret (even how others may claim the opposite) that our national consciousness still reels from the sour experiences of the excesses and abuses during a similar period in our history not too long ago. It is, thus, necessary for districts and local churches to participate in various activities that enable more clergy and laity to get a better understanding of the challenges and complexities of peace building in the country (especially with our Muslim neighbors for those living in Mindanao). n various activities that can rebuild or re-establish confidence among parties in opposing sides to talk, respect and protect non-combatants (especially, women, children, the elderly and differently-abled), and “go the other mile” with any form of localized peace initiatives. It is no secret that a large part of the jurisdiction of DEA is under martial law. And it is also no secret (even how others may claim the opposite) that our national consciousness still reels from the sour experiences of the excesses and abuses during a similar period in our history not too long ago. It is, thus, necessary for districts and local churches to participate in various activities that enable more clergy and laity to get a better understanding of the challenges and complexities of peace building in the country (especially with our Muslim neighbors for those living in Mindanao).