Category Archives: Philippines

Learning by Doing

Things got really tense in Dapat when young John killed the neighbors chicken. In fact, tensions broke out to the point where the lowlanders blockaded the highlanders, threatening to kill any who crossed into their territory. Some tenacious villagers from the highlands succeeded in bringing the two sides together to negotiate a settlement. And then … Continue reading →

Posted in: Education, Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, Nonviolence, Philippines

Coffee for Peace

 A simple coffee bean bringing world peace. Sound outrageous?  Well that is the grand plan if the PeaceBuilders Community Incorporated (PBCI) in Davao City, Mindanao has its way. Beginning only ten years ago as a presence among parties in the long running wars in the southern Philippines, they currently have Peace and Reconciliation Communities spread … Continue reading →

Posted in: Coffee, Crazy Ideas for Peace, Philippines

A Religious Champion for Peace

Retired Archbishop Capalla came to our class today and spoke of his role in bringing leaders from Islam and Christianity together in support of peace in Mindanao. Speaking of years of personal relationship building across conflict lines he related a story of one dialogue that became stuck and bogged down. In the middle of this … Continue reading →

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The Beauty of Diversity

The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) has now into its 15th year. Over that time there has been an amazing continuity in the facilitation team which has seen the same international and Filipino facilitators each year while mentoring a younger group of facilitators.   As I ate breakfast this morning I, as an American, was sharing … Continue reading →

Posted in: Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, Philippines

Interfaith Center for Conciliation and Nonviolence

My friend Chito, a committed nonviolent activist since the days that ‘People Power’ overthrew the Marcos Dictatorship in the mid 1980’s, started his own NGO called the Interfaith Center for Conciliation and Nonviolence (ICCN) 10 years ago. Being relatively new to the Philippines in 2004, I was introduced to him by a mutual friend and … Continue reading →

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