It was supposed to be a short and temporary exile, as I still feel it to be until now. Circumstances and worsening situations for human rights defenders in the Philippines, however, made it to extend my tourist status until I got a residency visa for a period of another one year until I realized that I am already here for a year today. Happy or sad? Not exactly. The feeling is ambiguous but surely thankful.
Yes, truly, above and over this pandemic crisis, we are summoned to claim and embrace greater truths that life, light and right is stronger than death, darkness and wrong. And we all find them in Christ the Lord who, in God’s power and grace, is risen today, and so do we.
We do not need nor expect from the presidency to ask us to pray, we expect him and his government to prioritize and spend his billions of discretionary funds and other funds in his dispensation to launch a FREE MASSIVE TESTING…
March 8, 2020, the Second Sunday in Lent. A reflection on John 3:1-17. “How can these things be?” (v9b). Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a teacher of the law but apparently, he did not know or understand what Jesus was talking about. I beg to disagree with some people saying that Nicodemus did not understand Jesus […]
Sharing to you a newsletter of MP Martin Patzelt in a direct English translation on its website which is in Deutsche. Please Read https://www.martin-patzelt.de/lokal_1_1_560_Frieden-beruht-auf-Gerechtigkeit-und-Naechstenliebe.html “Peace is based on justice and charity,” said Bishop Antonio Ablon, whom I welcomed to an exchange on Tuesday (March 3rd, 2020). At the beginning of 2020 I took over the […]
Sharing to you the speech of Nora, an intern of Zentrum für Mission und Ökumene – Nordkirche weltweit, during the Climate Justice Prayer on 21 February alongside with the Friday for Future Demonstration in Hamburg. In 2016, the face, or better yet: the slogan, of an elderly, anonymous woman rose to world fame – a […]
Posting here a shared thought on JUSTICE by FRYA written in August 2019. What is justice? It is a word that has a noticeable weight in society. It is something that governments and other social structures strive to achieve, a concept to build their systems around. It is a word that protesters like to throw […]
A shared reflection of Emma Bridger, a Reasearcher from the United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG). I arrived in the Philippines at the beginning of February to begin a piece of collaborative research that seeks to understand the theological motivations and reasonings that drive the mission of the IFI with the Lumad people, the […]
March 1, 2020, First Sunday in Lent. A reflection on Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus survived the test and unlike the first man, in Adam, he did not succumb to temptation. Jesus must now be ready for all the hardships that his ministry might bring him. The story might not at all be true just like all […]
On Sunday, 23 February 2020 with the facilitation of the Hamburg Foundation I did a lecture on the situation of the lumads, the indigenous peoples in Mindanao, sponsored by the Anti-War House in Sieverhausen, Lehrte, Germany. The Lumads and the Moro people are the original inhabitants in Mindanao. We are only settlers in the land. […]