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Category: What is the Story of Where We Are?

How Gun Culture Creates Gun Violence and Makes Everyone Less Safe

Updated on Nov 8, 2017, originally posted on Nov. 4, 2014. I updated this post but the heart of it about how gun culture creates gun violence is still the same.     When I was working in forestry as a tree-planter I used to fantasize about the wild west.…

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A Christian Response to Violence in Gaza & Iraq

I’ve spent four years of my life participating in the peace precesses of two different 40-year-old armed conflicts in the Philippines. I’m no expert in peacebuilding, but I’ve been pro-active in hearing peoples’ stories, trying to understand root issues, and serving people who are in need. From what I’ve experienced…


Can you Imagine? 150 Elected “Leaders” All Stealing Money?

“As MennoNerds, we all have found certain distinctives of Anabaptism to be central in our expression of faith.  This article is part of a MennoNerds Synchro-Blog in the month of May on Anabaptism.”Mennonerd Blog Series on Anabaptist Convictions.  If I was part of a militant revolutionary reform movement in the…

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OPAPP & NDF: “We’re ready to talk!”

The worlds longest internal conflict is still smoldering throughout the Philippines. But, there is a glimmer of hope to see its end. The nation wide conflict between revolutionaries in the Communist Party of the Philippines/New Democratic Front/New Peoples Army (CPP/NDF/NPA) and the National Government have engaged and disengaged often in the last 27 years. The talks between the 2 groups are now stalled since early 2013. But there is hope. Both sides have publicly said they want to come back to the table.

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Anabaptists and Emerging Nonviolent Movements in the Philippines

Early Anabaptism was an emerging church movement…compare your contemporary movements with these characteristics: “Anabaptist churches emerged at a time of social, political, economic, cultural, and religious turmoil when questions of authority and authenticity were on the agenda. Anabaptism was not a single movement but emerged from numerous experiments in various…