“The prevailing situation of the Philippine society is even worse when seen through the prophetic eyes of the church. There is major ongoing social unrest in our country today,” says the Rev. Jerome Baris of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.
Mission & Service partners the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines are actively involved in advocacy for human rights.
Human rights violations are widespread, with thousands of activists being intimidated, “disappeared,” jailed without charges or trial, or killed. These people have stood for the rights of the Filipino people, including Indigenous people, who are often involved in land disputes with the government and corporations, particularly around mining.
The United Church of Christ in the Philippines and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines are calling for peaceful resolutions to conflicts and for assurances that the people most affected will be included in the discussions. They condemn violent responses to communities trying to determine their own futures.
We sing thanksgiving for Mission & Service partners walking with people in the Philippines in their struggle for human rights.
If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you so much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. In all our Mission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving to God!