Interfaith Harmony in our Journey to Peace

Center for Peace Education, Miriam College (The Philippines)
This year we marked the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) that the United Nations had declared to be celebrated every first week of February amidst a period of sadness because of the Mamasapano mis-encounter between the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). There were renewed calls to go to war against the MILF, but the week of February 2nd at Miriam College and other places had a diametrically opposed message: “War solves nothing! Onward with the Mindanao Peace Process!” (from the Center for Peace Education Statement).
This message of pursuing the peace process and the Bangsamoro Basic Law that will complete the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro became the rallying cry at the WIHW Forum and the workshop that followed it, the Peacebuilding Workshop for Christian and Muslim Youth. Clearly there was a strong call for interfaith cooperation towards Mindanao peace in view of this latest peace challenge in the country, and this was expressed in both the Forum and the 2-day workshop, held under the Twinning Project of the school.
The Twinning Project regularly brings together the students of two sister schools, Miriam College (a Catholic school located in Metro Manila) and Rajah Muda High School ( a public school attended by Muslims located in Pikit, Cotabato, Maguindanao). It is a project that is aimed at breaking barriers of historical prejudice between the two religious and cultural groups and accompanies the formal peace process with a “people to people peace process. Both schools have established peace clubs that assist in this project: Pax Christi (at Miriam College) and Suara No Kalilintad (Voices of Peace, at the Rajah Muda High School).
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