News • 14 June 2016 •
The Orlando massacre: the church responds
The following statement was released Monday morning by the Open and Affirming Coalition and the National Officers of the United Church of Christ. Later today, we'll email suggestions for actions ONA congregations can take in response to this tragedy. Please post your own responses, prayers, and action ideas on the Coalition's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ucc.coalition.
We ask your prayers for John Vertigan, Conference Minister of the UCC's Florida Conference, and for ONA churches in Florida as they stand with the LGBTQ community in Orlando and throughout the state. Pray also for...
News • 27 April 2016 •
March-May 2016 issue of Peace for Life e-newsletter Voices for Peace is out! Click on the image to download your copy.
In this issue, Peace for Life General Secretary Omega Bula discusses the perils faced by Indigenous Peoples amid militarised globalisation. Ranjan Solomon of the Palestine Solidarity team delves deep into the implications of terror attack in Brussels and how certain powers, including the military-industrial complex, exploits fear and hatred for profit. David Wildman, co-founder of Peace for Life reiterates the need to reiterate people's right to free speech in the context of efforts by governments...
PfL Statement • 16 April 2016 •
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Statement on Palestinian Prisoners Day17 April 2016
Peace for Life, a global faith-based peace and justice movement, unites with the peoples of Palestine and all peoples of the world in solidarity with the struggle for Palestinian national liberation in commemorating April 17 as Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. We reiterate our demand to an end to Israel’s systematic and gross violations of the rights of Palestinian prisoners and call on Israeli authorities to respect international human rights and humanitarian laws and related protocols on the rights of prisoners.
The number of Palestinian...
PfL Statement • 30 March 2016 •
Peace for Life, a global interfaith peace and justice movement mobilising the power of spirituality for the struggle against the Empire, strongly condemns the recent deadly terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan perpetrated by religious fundamentalist groups. We mourn for the innocent lives lost, including children, and sympathise with their families and friends.
On March 27, a suicide bomber from the local franchise of the Taliban group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar attacked the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park were Christians, mostly children, were celebrating Easter. The death toll from the attack reached 70, as per the latest reports. At least 300 others were...
Events • 9 February 2016 •
As of today, Agape will accept scholarship applications for the 2016 international adults camps. The application deadline is March 1st, 2016.
Everyone who is interested in the theme of a camp and who is willing to be involved in it’s community life is able to take part in it. These are the basic things that are needed in order to have meaningful meetings with each other and a real exchange of ideas. At the beginning of its history, Agape was mainly attended by Protestants. However, very soon Catholics and non-believers began to take part in the...
News • 3 February 2016 •
Voices for Peace, Peace for Life's, monthly newsletter is out. Download an e-copy of the January-February issue here.
In "New Struggles, Renewed Commitment," Peace for Life's General Secretary Omega Chilufya Bula presents the challenges and struggles confronting the people and the churches in 2016. She reiterates the need to build on the accomplishments and breakthroughs that the PfL accomplished in 2015 and to reaffirm our commitment to resist militarised globalisation amid escalating crisis of the empire.
An update on the interfaith solidarity for peace and justice in Pakistan convened in November 2015 establishes the case for dialogue...
Events • 28 January 2016 •
What: Professor Marc H. Ellis Lecture on Jewish Liberation Theology
When: February 6, 2016, Saturday, 8:30 – 11:30 AM
Where: Multi-Purpose Hall, Institute of Formation and Religious Studies (IFRS) 122 N. Domingo corner St. John Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
Influenced by the Jewish ethical tradition and dissonance of Jewish life after the Holocaust, with other Jews of Conscience, Professor Marc H. Ellis has sought to rescue the Jewish ethical tradition in the face of the demands of the 20th and now 21st century. In his early career he became deeply interested in Holocaust Theology and Liberation Theology as...
PfL Statement • 22 January 2016 •
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Peace for Life, a global faith-based peace and justice movement resisting militarism, war and globalisation, lauds the United Methodist Church (UMC) for blocking five of the biggest Israeli banks from its $20-billion Pension and Health Benefits Fund investment portfolio. UMC’s divestment deals a major blow to the Israeli apartheid regime and inspires other communities of faith to take the morally courageous stand for peace, justice, and human rights in Palestine.
The five banks are Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, First International Bank of Israel, Israel Discount Bank, and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank. Additionally, UMC sold...
Reflection • 17 July 2015 •
The Pope, Austerity, and Eid'l Fitr: a Reflection*
A Muslim youth leader and peace activist reflects on the significance of Eid'l Fitr in the modern world
Peter Paul Sengson
*Originally published 1:04 PM, July 18, 2015, as "When Ramadan ends Charity Begins" at: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/ispeak/99651-ramadan-ends-charity-zakat-begins
For Muslims, Ramadan is a month of reflection. We are encouraged to enrich our knowledge of the faith in this Holy Month. In observing my 6th Ramadan as a balik-Islam, allow me to share my reflections on the faith and current issues that confront our world.
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar when the Qur’an...
Statement • 24 July 2015 • Liza Maza
Statement of Liza Maza on Her Being Barred from Travelling to the US
On July 9, 2015, Peace for Life Working Group Member, Liza Maza, was refused by Korean Air to board her flight on the strength of an email from the US Homeland Security. She was heading to the United States to be an expert witness on the International People’s Tribunal convened by people’s organizations to hear the crimes against the Filipino people of its President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and US President Barack Obama.
Below is a personal statement from Liza released last July 15...