Peace Matters

We all smile in the same language – reflections from a YAP workshop in Mindanao

May 19th, 2011

We all smile in the same language – Unknown In the hills of Mindanao, Philippines another significant peacebuilding initiative is taking place this week. I am on Day One of a DVD shoot with some 40 participants in a Young Ambassadors for Peace workshop with YAP founder Joy Balazo. During this 5 day intensive live-in [...]

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East Timor – Empowering people for the future

March 21st, 2011

with guest blogger John Barr (Associate Director, Asia) who joined Joy Balazo to launch the UnitingWorld Peacemaking program in East Timor. In 1999 East Timor went up in flames. Two thirds of the population were displaced. Much of the county’s infrastructure was destroyed while thousands of people experienced horrific events that remain embedded in their [...]

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Talking Pigs and Peace

January 31st, 2011

Reflections on meeting Bishop Wai Tege from UnitingWorld Intern Steph Dalton I have a pig. You steal, kill or injure my pig. You have to compensate me for the damage. You don’t. Therefore I have every right to retaliate. For a girl from Sydney, this all sounds a bit extreme. But for tribes in the [...]

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Say Peace to Ambon NOW

December 2nd, 2010

The events of recent days in Korea remind us all of the fragile nature of peace on a global scale, a local scale and in day to day relationships. I am thinking of some of the people in my life and how a certain act by one party is taken a certain way by the [...]

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Lessons from AGORA

November 30th, 2010

On the weekend I found myself at a loose end so I took myself off to see the movie AGORA. The movie starts in AD 391 in Alexandria, Egypt. Post Constantine, Christianity is now  legal and fast becoming the State religion. The movie portrays a lot of the positioning, infighting and concerns about heresy within [...]

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