MINDANAO WEEK OF PEACE 2012 CELEBRATION THEME

BISHOP-ULAMA CONFERENCE
5th Floor, KARPENTERTRADE BUILDING
MacArthur Highway, Matina Davao City, 8000

MINDANAO WEEK OF PEACE 2012
Joint statement
On Love of God and Love of Neighbor,
A Challenge for Mindanao

The great majority of believers in Mindanao today are Christians, Muslims and Indigenous Peoples. They all believe and worship a creator whom they call different names. They express these beliefs and perform acts of worship according to their respective cultures, traditions and behavior on the Holy Bible and the Holy Qur’an while the Indigenous peoples base theirs on a direct experience of divinity in creation. As such they respect each other’s way of life.

Basic to the Christian-islamic-indigenous beliefs is the divine mandate to love God/Alah/Magbabaya, the neighbor and nature which guides them into harmonious/peaceful living. It also assures their survival in the present globally violent and crisis-ridden society. Much of these racial, cultural and religious conflicts are due to politics and economics under the guise of religion, or to mis-understanding of cultural expression of religious beliefs.

The Bishop-Ulama conference appeals to Maguindanaoans that the 2012 Mindanao Week of Peace celebrations should highlight correctly and clearly this basic mandate of loving God and neighbor and environment in all sincerity. It should also promote formative and character-building projects whereby an interactive knowledge and understanding of faith, culture and dialogue is experienced in a way that brings about genuine harmony and peace in individuals and communities.

Signed:

FERNANDO R. CAPALLA                     PROF. SALIPADA TAMANO
Arcbishop Emeritus of Davao                Representative: Ulama League of Phil.

HILARIO M. GOMEZ JR.
Bishop Emeritus of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines

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