Posted by: Jose Clemente | April 26, 2018

San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Retreat, April 20-21

The SPI Stewardship team composed of Jungee, Richard, EJay and Joey  was invited by Fr. Romy Ponte, the pastor of San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish of San Pedro, Laguna to facilitate the second day (April 21) of their 2 day retreat on Stewardship.

The first day was facilitated by Rose and Heidi from San Isidro Labrador Parish.  These two leaders have been helping San Lorenzo Ruiz become a stewardship Church for over a year now.

The 2 day retreat was held at BUKAS LOOB SA DIYOS (BLD) COVENTION RETREAT CENTER, DASMARIÑAS, CAVITE with Fr. Noel Conopio as retreat master.

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Posted by: Jose Clemente | February 27, 2018

BEC Planning: Building BEC Teams

The BEC Workshop held on Feb. 24, 2018 at the Tahanang Mabuting Pastol, Sta. Clara de Montefalco Church in Pasig was a huge success. The 2 partner parishes of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva and St. Michael came in full force. Fr. Darwin came with 18 BEC leaders and Fr. Edmond 14 from his parish.

On top of that, there were representatives from 6 other parishes who came as observers to the proceedings. We were also fortunate in that 2 SPI Board Members, Fr. Nonong Pili and Jolan Lumawig together with Allan Vera with his wife Malou from our mission partner Christian Aid came to this event.

The key objectives of this workshop were to make sure that everyone was aware and committed to the goals and methods of this difficult undertaking as well as to get things going by creating action teams from the two parishes. After the teams were formed and their tasks and roles were articulated via a participative process, the teams were asked to identify and pick 2 pilot BEC communities per parish. They were also instructed to gather secondary data on the chosen pilot areas.  All of these and their experiences of gathering the data and working as a team will be reported and analyzed in the next workshop.

Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish agreed to host the next BEC workshop scheduled on March 24, 2018. The coming workshop will be about the methodology of immersion in the marginalized communities.

The session ended with a prayer-ritual where the BEC leaders and priests memorialized their commitment to this endeavor to build inclusive BECs by signing their names on a tarpaulin. Fr. Darwin gave the closing remarks and Fr. Edmond gave the final blessings.

Posted by: Jose Clemente | February 23, 2018

Fundamentals of Faith: What is Church and its Mission?

Here is the powerpoint we used last Oct 21, 2017 at the Fundamentals of Faith Workshop for the BEC leaders of the Diocese of Pasig. This is  the first of two workshops to discuss key paradigms of our faith before we start the how-tos of organizing socially inclusive BECs and barangays.

To view or download please click the link below:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SFNQP7hb3NFPbPBdoAVmLiSQ-uM9l1Q2

Posted by: Jose Clemente | February 7, 2018

Fundamentals of Faith: What is BEC? Workshop

Here is the powerpoint used in the “Fundamentals of Faith: What is BEC?” workshop we conducted last Jan. 27, 2017 at the Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol, Sta. Clara de Montefalco. This workshop was attended by over 120 BEC leaders from all over the diocese of Pasig.

Please click on the link below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15z5J8DuVP3RIFQXCVQFT6OGDhQOHnvf2/view?usp=sharing

Posted by: Jose Clemente | January 30, 2018

What is BEC?

Over 120 BEC leaders and 4 parish priests from the Diocese of Pasig attended the SPI offering entitled “Fundamentals of Faith: What is BEC?”

This workshop was held last Jan. 27, 2018 at the Function Hall in Tahanang Mabuting Pastol. It is part of the SPI-Christian Aid project to build small Christians communities at St. Michael and Sto. Thomas de Villanueva parishes in Pasig.

This 2 part series on the fundamentals of faith is to properly equip BEC leaders with common paradigms on big ideas such as the nature of church and mission, the significance of BEC and what it is, etc. This is a necessary prelude to the monthly workshops that will accompany the parish priests and leaders on how to build BECs that are inclusive and with social programs for the poor and the marginalized.

The project also intends to help the parishes develop sectoral desks to support non-Catholics in need of assistance as well as to build a mechanism of cooperation with the local barangays to influence them to strengthen their projects.

Posted by: Jose Clemente | December 15, 2017

Happy Holidays!

The Stewardship practitioners from Metro Manila and Southern Tagalog celebrated the last quarterly gathering of the year at the SPI office in Project 4, Quezon City in  a most convivial way.

The morning saw all the parishes sharing critical events of their unique journey to become stewardship parishes.  Amidst the tales of victories and challenges, joys and sorrows, lessons and encouragements flowed freely and were gratefully appreciated.

After the flavorsome Christmas meal, the rest of the day was spent on songs, dance and friendly games to forge community and celebrate the coming of Christ on earth.

Merry Christmas to all!

Posted by: Jose Clemente | December 10, 2017

Ascension of the Lord Parish, Davao City

SPI was invited to speak on stewardship at the 7th Anniversary and General Assembly of the Ascension of the Lord Parish in Davao last December 3, 2017.

The theme of the gathering is “Stewardship, a way of renewing servant leadership for New Evangelization.” Thank you to Fr. Leonardo Dublan Jr., the parish priest of Ascension of the Lord for inviting us over.We pray for the success of your stewardship program.

Posted by: Jose Clemente | December 7, 2017

Stewardship Workshop for Leaders

Ascension of the Lord Parish in Matina, Davao City conducted a one day intensive course on Stewardship as a way to deepen its leaders understanding and passion for stewardship.

The workshop featured inputs from SPI as well as sharing of personal and parish experiences on stewardship. It was held last Dec. 2, 2017 and about 50 parish leaders participated.

 

Posted by: sociopastoral | February 17, 2017

Interfaith Pagadian Observes World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017

The Interfaith Forum For Solidarity and Peace in Pagadian City led the observance of the WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2017 from February 1 to 7. Series of activities conducted in schools through a Youth Forum to talk on the youth’s role in Peace Building.

Interfaith Prayer for Peace was also conducted by the members of the Interfaith Forum.

Mangrove Tree Planting at the Zambaonga del Sur School of Arts and Trade (ZSSAT), Kawit, Pagadian City (February 7, 2017), participated by Interfaith groups, MRP, Government agencies, Fisherfolks, Teachers and others.

Posted by: sociopastoral | February 10, 2017

UFS distributes relief goods to fire victims

Pagadian City — Ummah Fi Salam began its distribution of relief goods to fire victims of Kampo Islam, Leon-Kilat, San Pedro, Pagadian City last June 12, 2015 to some 100 families. These relief goods were donated by generous individuals of Pagadian City to the UFS.
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The group is planning for a second batch of distribution after gathering the donations pledged by other groups.
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Posted by: sociopastoral | February 10, 2017

Pagadian Media Members extend help to fire victims

The Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City Press Club Inc. and Tabak Division Press Corps conducted a feeding program in Leon Kilat (Purok Campo Islam) of Barangay San Pedro in coordination with the religious leaders in the said community and Ummah Fi Salam last June 13, 2015.
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The group, led by ZPPI President Marive Jongco,  distributed around 102 packed meals for the families who chose to stay near the mosque for shelter.
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Religious Board President Asbi Husaini expressed joy in the efforts of the media group in checking the situation of the community members in the area and for extending help to the people who are in dire need at the moment.
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Posted by: sociopastoral | February 10, 2017

Pagadian celebrates Mindanao Week of Peace 2016

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Mindanao Week of Peace Celebration 2016 kicked off with a press conference with the members of the Zamboanga del Sur-PAgadian city Press Club, Inc. last Nov. 23, 2016

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Panelists during the Press Conference with PNP Provincial Director PSSupt Sofronio Ecaldre, MWP 2016 Chairperson Brahim Balimbingan Jr and Interfaith Forum Catholic Convenor Rev. Fr. Allan Onden.

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Mindanao Week of Peace Celebration 2016 kicked off with a press conference with the members of the Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian city Press Club, Inc. last Nov. 23, 2016

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Part of the MWP 2016 is Candle Lighting activity for the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre last Nov. 23, 2016 with members of the Interfaith Forum, the youth sector, PNP and other cause-oriented groups.

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Part of the MWP 2016 is Candle Lighting activity for the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre last Nov. 23, 2016 with members of the Interfaith Forum, the youth sector, PNP and other cause-oriented groups.

 

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Tree Planting activity conducted last Nov. 24, 2017 at the Ecological Solid Waste Management Eco-Park developed by the City Government of Pagadian attended by the members of the Interfaith Forum, PNP, City Government Employees, teachers from DepEd Pagadian, among many others. The activity was also supported by Pagadian and Zamboanga del Sur LGUs.

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Tree Planting activity conducted at the Ecological Solid Waste Management Eco-Park developed by the City Government of Pagadian attended by the members of the Interfaith Forum, PNP, City Government Employees, teachers from DepEd Pagadian, among many others. The activity was also supported by Pagadian and Zamboanga del Sur LGUs.

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PNP personnel planting the seedlings.

 

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Peace Forum: Roadmap to Peace was also conducted last Nov. 27, 2016 as part of the MWP 2016 supported by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, CBCS and the Interfaith Forum..

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Peace Forum: Roadmap to Peace was also conducted last Nov. 27, 2016 as part of the MWP 2016 supported by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, CBCS and the Interfaith Forum..

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Social Action Center – Pagadian Diocese Director Elizabeth Monteza during the Environmental Forum headed by the SAC – Pagadian Diocese conducted at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, Pagadian City last Nov. 28, 2016.

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Environmental Forum headed by the Social Action Center – Pagadian Diocese was conducted at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, PAgadian City last Nov. 28, 2016.

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Women’s Health Forum conducted at the Bishop’s House in Pagadian City attended by the Interfaith Women as part of the MWP 2016 celebration.

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MWP 2016 Chairperson Brahim Balimbingan Jr. sharing the objectives of the Mindanao Week of Peace and the importance of including the campaign against illegal drugs

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Interfaith Forum IP Convenor Timuay Joe Macarial opening the Anti-Illigal Drug Forum conducted last Dec. 7, 2016 as part of the MWP 2016 celebration.

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Participants who attended the Anti Illegal Drugs Forum from the different schools in Pagadian City.conducted last Dec. 7, 2016 as part of the MWP 2016 celebration.

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PNP representative giving lecture on the effects of illegal drugs.

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Ummah Fi Salam Community Organizer Amal Fermin during the open forum sharing points on human rights violations during the Dec. 10, 2016 UDHR Day Celebration.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day was also celebrated last dec. 10, 2016 as part of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2016 with Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar of the Pagadian Diocese, Commission on Human Rights Pagadian Chief Atty. Kenny Sabellano, members of the Interfaith Forum, students from the different schools, and other cause-oriented groups.

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Youth participants of the Interfaith Visual Arts Workshop conducted last Dec. 11, 2016 as a final activity of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2016 Celebration headed by Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar of the Pagadian Diocese and members of the Interfaith Forum.

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Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar of the Pagadian Diocese.

 

 

Posted by: sociopastoral | February 10, 2017

UFS team joins CHR dialogue on Death Penalty

Ummah Fi Salam team in Pagdian City attended the Commission on Human Rights-led Community-Based Dialogue on Death Penalty last February 9, 2017 @Roxan Hotel, Pagadian City. CHR conducted said event among the stakeholders due to the recent legislative proposal and approval to resurrect the imposition of death penalty. Included in the discussions was the campaign of the different groups against death penalty with its implications. Among the intentions in conducting said activity was to encourage and build constituencies who will campaign against the passage of the death penalty bill.

Posted by: sociopastoral | July 31, 2016

Photo Gallery: Boodle Fight!

Alyansa Tigil Mina staff, Unahin Natin Lagi ang Diyos (UNLAD) members, LGU and communities of Barangay Maya and Pongon in MacArthur, Leyte engage in a Boodle Fight during SPI’s Team Building activity!

Held at Domingo Beach Resort, Brgy. San Pedro, MacArthur, Leyte on July 24, 2016

Typhoon Haiyan “Building Resilient Communities with Stewardship” Project is in partnership with Christian Aid.

Posted by: sociopastoral | July 30, 2016

Triple Communication: A Tool to Build Communities

On July 14, SPI gave a Triple Communication Seminar to the Typhoon Haiyan Project beneficiary partners – Alyansa Tigil Mina and the LGUs of Barangays Maya and Pongon, MacArthur, Leyte.

Triple Communication is a tool that touches 3 levels: organizational, psycho-emotional and motivational. It understands that a person is not just a worker but also a mental, emotional and spiritual being and thus has the need to also communicate from and to these other areas. Once the staff and organization understand the delineation and how to communicate on these different levels the communication process in the workplace becomes much smoother.  This tool also helps prevent or alleviate long-standing misunderstandings and mistrust not just in the workplace but also with other groups carrying opposite agendas. It is also a great help in achieving the organization’s goals.

Even before SPI’s work in Leyte began in January 2015, the above LGUs and NGO could not stand each other because of the differences in their stance on the mining activities in MacArthur. With “Building Resilient Communities with Stewardship Project,” SPI’s intervention was able to bridge the gap and help them find a common ground. One key factor was instilling that each person is a steward of God’s grace. For SPI, the shift in the people’s perspective of who they are – their core identity – is a foundational key to building a disaster-resilient and caring community. When one knows oneself and one’s purpose, the other important matters of relationships, work and mission, goals, dreams and actions all come into alignment.

Getting the LGUs and the organizations and communities to be one in purpose and mind may still be a long way. As for now, from October 2016 to the present, seeing the people see eye to eye, sitting in the same room, playing together in the games as a team, conversing and sharing personal experiences with one another, made the LGU and NGO workers human. Each now sees the other as a living person who experiences similar personal problems and pains, joys and triumphs. Work issues were finally set aside and mutual respect was born and fostered.

When resource person and SPI project coordinator, Florante Galapon, Jr., asked the participants what they learned, the Chair of one barangay faced an ATM staff and spoke, “Kung mayroong ano tayo noon, yung kaunting ano natin noon, iwanan na natin iyan para wala ng… huwag na tayong mag-ano [away]. (Let’s forget whatever tiff we had before. Let us leave that all behind so we will no longer [fight].) At once, the ATM staff approached the Brgy. captain to accept his reconciliation. He put out his hand to give the latter a handshake but the captain proceeded to give him a hug instead and the two men embraced. The whole group, astounded at the unexpected turn of events and in the couple’s act and gesture of forgiveness, immediately got up to its feet and applauded.

DSCF3648 (2)During the seminar evaluation, Brgy. Pongon Secretary Carol shared, “Marami akong natututunan lalo na sa aking pagiging katiwala ng Diyos. Ang seminar na tungkol sa pagsasaayos ng gusot sa barangay – malaki itong karagdagan para maibahagi namin ito sa aming barangay, at marami pang iba. Magaan ang aking pakiramdam sa aking sarili. Ang mga topics na tinalakay ay lahat magagamit namin sa aming pang-araw-araw na gawain sa pamilya at sa aming barangay. Malaki ang aking pasasalamat sa inyong lahat!”

(I learned a lot especially in being a good steward of God. This seminar is big plus to our barangay and many more. It lifted me up. We can use the topics discussed here in our daily lives with our families and our barangay. I am immensely grateful to all of you!)

Naramdaman ko na malaki ang pasasalamat ko na marami akong natutunan sa sakripisyo na ibinahagi ng SPI, kahit sila malayo talagang nagbigay sila ng oras para sa atin, atsaka yung ATM atsaka yung Christian Aid. Malaki itong bahagi para sa aming pamilya at barangay dahil maibabahagi namin lahat ng mga natutunan namin dito. Salamat sa karagdagang kaalaman!”

(I feel so much gratitude for SPI’s sacrifice – traveling from afar and giving time for us – and ATM and Christian Aid because I learned so much. This is a big help for our families and barangay because we can share with them all that we learned here.)

Communication is a two-edged sword, it can either be a messenger of harm or of peace. Knowing good communication tools and applying them correctly can effectively help in promoting the latter.

2016-07-14-triple-com-(22)This project is in partnership with Christian Aid.

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