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Peace Channel Commemorates International Day of Peace

Fr. C.P. Anto addressing the gatheringPeace Channel in collaboration with North East Institute of Social Science and Research commemorated the International Day of Peace on 21st September, 2016 at the NEISSR’s Auditorium. The commemoration programme also coincides with the 10th founding anniversary of Peace Channel. The programme began with a presentation on the history and background of the International Day of Peace by Ms. Akha Richa and Ms. Akumnaro Longchar, third semester students of NEISSR.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Fr.C.P. Anto, Director, Peace Channel and Principal NEISSR highlighted the increasing need for efforts to build peace and spread the message of peace. ‘Indifference is one of the fundamental causes for conflicts and the lack of peace. This indifference leads to individualism which in turn results in isolation, ignorance and selfishness’, he said. He called upon everyone present to unlearn and then relearn to be an agent of peace. We need to unlearn things from our history, our environment and from everything that have shaped as who we are, yet make us selfish or indifferent to the injustice that is happening around us. ‘We need to relearn the human values that will make us strive for unity and also develop concerns for our fellow human beings and the things which are hindering us from achieving our rights’, he added.

2016 NARPI Newsletter

NARPI 2016 NewsletterMPI is pleased to share with you the 2016 NARPI Newsletter, which focuses on the 2016 NARPI SUmmer Peacebuilding Training.

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Path 2 Peace, Justice: Human Trafficking- Faith & Culture

Path to Peace a new communique from the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace (ICRP) of Payap University. Their intention is that the newsletter can serve as a tool to communicate activities and engagements taking place at the institute and offer new perspectives on areas of critical peacebuilding. The IRCP would welcome your constructive feedback on this newsletter. To automatically receive copies of this monthly newsletter, please go to to subscribe.

Nonviolence and Peace Training Conducted at St. Joseph College, Jakhama

Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita giving presentation to more than 500 studentsFollowing in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., famous leader of the American nonviolence movement for Civil Rights, two professors from the United States visited St. Joseph College on January 25 to conduct an introductory training in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, joined by his wife and fellow nonviolence co-trainer, Professor Kay Johnson-Bueno de Mesquita, instructed more than 500 students in the philosophy and principles of Dr. King, who was heavily influenced by Mahatma Gandhi.

Sustaining Peace

The following article written by Lucia Cervilla is from the October 2015 issue of Bendum NewsBendum News is a publication of the Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC), a community-based, Jesuit-run, DepED-recognized elementary school for children on the border of Bukidnon and Agusan del Sur provinces in Mindanao, Philippines. APC is part of MPI's broader network, with some of their staff being alumni of MPI's Annual Peacebuilding Training.

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Lucía is a young professional from Spain who volunteered in Bendum last July 2015. She shares her reflections in Ecojesuit about her brief engagement in Bendum.

The Island of Mindanao is often seen today as a place of conflict. The discussions are all about armed groups and encounters but little attention is given to how people build peace on a daily basis. We need to realize that peace is generated within people and not given to them from a power outside, and we need occasions to high-light and give substance to local peaceful initiatives.

Various traditions have emerged and it is clear in Bukidnon’s history that the Pulangiyen, now often amalgamated into a broader culture of Bukid-non, has a particular tradition of peace-making. The culture has a process of “pulang” based on a willingness to sit each other and listen to the conflicting responses. Peace is often established by leniency and a quiet recognition, in the spiritual context of an ancestry that is shared and connects us with the same Creator.