Choose Peace this November

USPG is the Anglican mission agency founded in 1701 that partners churches and communities worldwide in God’s mission to enliven faith, strengthen relationships, unlock potential and champion justice.

We are partnering with Choose Peace this November to mark the end of World War One and celebrate the work being done all around the world to build peace.

Peace is often thought of as the lack or war or a state of calm and tranquility. Peace is much more than that. It is a state in which people are living in friendship and without any conflict. Conflict takes place daily in many different settings – from the kitchen table to the negotiating table – it can be healthy but it often leads to devastating results.

Because of this, peace is something we need to actively seek, build and maintain.

As we commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, the war to end all wars, this exhibition will reflect on what peace really means and how all have a part in building it. Photographs, short films and stories will challenge the audience’s concept of peace, celebrate the efforts of peacebuilders around the world and encourage those who view the exhibition to choose peace in their everyday lives.

The exhibition intends to inspire and encourage viewers to apply peace in their everyday lives: talk, listen, resolve differences, be non-violent, act sustainably, seek justice, be inclusive and choose peace.

USPG have submitted four photographs highlighting the incredible work that the Inglesia Filipina Independiente, IFI (Philippines Independent Church) are doing in the Philippines to advocate for peace and conflict transformation and for the rights of indigenous people to self-determination.

Contributors include: The Salvation Army, Community Albums, Together for Peace, Christian International Peace Service, Uppsala Conflict Data Program and Creators of Peace.

 

Peacebuilding in the Philippines:

The Philippines is a country which is rich in natural resources but the 2018 report by Global Witness reveals that the Philippines is also the third most dangerous country in the world for land defenders. Many have been killed as they seek to protect the land from those who seek to profit from it without concern for the lasting damage that is being done. The churches in the Philippines are doing all they can to stand with the indigenous communities who have been losing their homes and way of life.

“Peace in the Philippines is when farmers own the land they toil, every worker receives a just and living wage, every indigenous community have the right for self-determined development and the rights and welfare of every individual are respected and protected.” Father Herbert F. Fadriquela Jr. Chaplain to the Filippino Community.

 

In the Philippines over 40,000 indigenous families have faced violence, been forcibly displaced and had their land destroyed by mining companies. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons/ P199

In the Philippines over 40,000 indigenous families have faced violence, been forcibly displaced and had their land destroyed by mining companies. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons/ P199

 

It’s a myth that mining benefits rural communities. The hype that mining has a beneficial, progressive, economic impact on host countries is not true… In the Philippines, community leaders that oppose mining operations are intimidated and harassed or, worse, they become the victims of extra-judicial killings perpetrated by armed groups, allegedly organised, funded and maintained by government security forces.

Read more here.

 

 

Lula village was completely destroyed by a landslide caused by mining companies who ignored the peaceful protests of this farming association.
PHOTO: USPG/Leah Gordon

 

Indigenous voices are often not listened to in the Philippines and in many cases are being actively silenced.  But the young people in these communities are working hard to change this.

Watch a video from our friends at the Save our Schools Network

Find out more on their website:  Save our Schools Network

 

Bishop Carlo spent over 300 days in prison for standing up against human rights abuses. His case is not resolved.
PHOTO: USPG/Bishop Carlo Morales

 

Read more about Bishop Carlo Morales who was arrested and imprisoned for almost one year (featured in the photo exhibit).

Write a letter of support for Bishop Carlo

 

 

Bishops, church workers and others are being killed for speaking out but the IFI church say “Silence is not peace.” PHOTO: USPG/Leah Gordon

 

Listen to Father Chris Ablon from the IFI church explain why it is so costly to stand with the indigenous communities who seek to protect their land from large-scale agri-business and multinational mining companies.


Join USPG and the IFI in prayer by watching this prayerful meditation film.


Further ways you can get involved:

Key information about the Exhibit:

  • Location: The Salvation Army International Headquarters: 101 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4EH
  • From Saturday 10 November 2018 (Lord Mayor’s Parade) until Friday 7 December
  • Free entry. Refreshments available to purchase in Café 101

 

 

 

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