ALL Forum invites you to join our Webinar for Peace in East & South East Asia

ALL Forum invites you to join our Webinar for Peace in East & South East Asia

Conflict and oppression in the 21 st century has taken newer forms. Systems of Law, Order and Justice which were once the focal point for Nation building and prosperity have slowly evolved into oppressive mechanisms which control the liberty of fellow citizens in numerous ways.

In the light of such situations it is evident that we as Church must strongly participate in building peace for the world especially in Asia, inspired by the 1971 Synod of Bishops – ‘Justice in the World’ document (para 6), which says “Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation.” 

Therefore, Asian Lay Leaders (ALL) Forum aspires to organize a one day webinar for peace in Hong Kong, Myanmar, Philippines, Korean Peninsula and the said region by commemorating the 50th anniversary of the important document ‘Justice in the World’, which requires the Church to be renewed and also reformed. It is so that we invite all the peace-loving people in Asia to understand deeply the situation unfolding in East and South East Asia and what role the Laity and Church must play in order to promote peace and justice

today.

Join us on November 20, 2021 (Saturday) 5:00-8:00 pm Philippines time (GMT+8).
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“Mother Earth Mourning”to respond Japan’s plan on nuclear waste

“Mother Earth Mourning” to respond Japan’s plan on nuclear waste

organised by IMCS Pax Romana Asia Pacific

International Movement of Catholic Students Asia Pacific invites you to join a Webinar with the theme “Mother Earth Mourning” to respond on Japan’s plan on nuclear waste.

According to reports, On March 2011, Japan Fukushima nuclear power plant was leaked, and the cooling system of the nuclear power plant was also damaged. This radioactive nuclear waste has flowed into surrounding sewers with rainwater, and even into the Pacific Ocean. However, Japan’s TEPCO said that although the concentration of radioactive material leaked was high, it had been found through testing of radioactive substances in the surrounding sewers and bays that it did not increase significantly, meaning that even if it was leaked, it would not pollute the environment at all. Is it that true? Let’s join the webinar and discuss..,

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The Military Coup and People’s Uprising in Myanmar, and How Asian Religions can Support and Promote Solidarity Interreligiously

Webinar The Military Coup and People’s Uprising in Myanmar, and How Asian Religions can Support and Promote Solidarity Interreligiously

Organised by ALL Forum, NCCP, LAMIN

On the 26th of March 2021, Asian Lay Leaders (ALL) Forum, NCCP in Philippines, and RTRC in Thailand jointly organized an immediate online webinar to consider how we as followers of religions together can support and have solidarity with the Myanmar people. This webinar was organised on the Zoom platform and was also streamed live on YouTube.

For this webinar we had two actors; one is a well-known Buddhist activist monk Ven. Bhikkhu Mandalar Zan and another Ko Htwe a Lay Activist and Project Manager of Lay Mission Institute from Myanmar to share vivid stories about the current situation there and discuss how peace-loving religions in Asia could unite and support.

Bhikkhu Mandalar expressed the situation in Myanmar and the active of role Buddhist monks in the civil disobedience movement and concluded with the immediate help required for the Myanmar people. Following Bhikkhu’s presentation Ko Htwe elaborated on the responses of Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and Hindus Religious Institutions in Myanmar and also the Catholic, Diocesean, Religious Sisters, Catholic Media and Lay responses to the military coup in Myanmar. He concluded with many points on how we can help Myanmar. Subsequently the Discussion panel consisting of Rev. Irma Mepico Assistant Program Coordinator of the Christian Unity and Ecumenical Relations (CUER) -NCCP, Philippines; Prof. Francis Lee / Executive director of JusPeace, Korea; Fr. Vinai Boonlue, SJ/ Head of Euro Burma Office Foundation; Shared their critical views and opinions enriching the discussion during the webinar.

Participants from 7 countries namely Pakistan, India, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines and South Korea joined in this webinar and took back valuable input after experiencing the presentations, Panel discussions as well as the open discussion.

The webinar concluded with a plan to draft an interreligious joint statement addressed to the FABC to motivate the CBCM to join with the other religious institutions of Myanmar and actively participate in the protests against the military coup.

Webinar The Military Coup and People’s Uprising in Myanmar, and How Asian Religions can Support & Promote Solidarity Interreligiously

An Urgent Webinar:
The Military Coup and People’s Uprising in Myanmar, and How Asian Religions can Support and Promote Solidarity interreligiously?

On February 1, 2021, the Myanmar’s military staged a coup that detained several high-ranking government officials, including Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint on the same day. General Min Aung Hlaing refused to recognize the election results held on the 8th of November, 2020, calling it a fraudulent election and took power hours before the new National Assembly opened and declared a state of national emergency.

Myanmar, which had been ruled by the military regime for a long time had transferred its military power to a civilian regime through elections in 2015. The country which had just begun to take a step towards democracy is now in danger of returning to a military dictatorship once again. In response, Myanmar’s people have taken to the streets again despite the horrible and harrowing memory of thousands of people massacred in the “8888 Uprising,” which was a huge resistance against the military rule on the 8th of August, 1988. More than a month into the present coup, the situation in Myanmar is getting worse, with the number of deaths and injuries increasing as the military crackdown intensifies.

In Myanmar, where the majority of the people are Buddhists, the Catholic Church, being a minority religion, lacks a strong influence; but earnestly hopes for solidarity of Catholic churches in Asia and the world for that matter.

Therefore, Asian Lay Leaders (ALL) Forum, NCCP in Philippines, and RTRC in Thailand are jointly organizing an immediate online webinar to consider how we as followers of religions together can support and have solidarity with the Myanmar people. For this webinar we will invite two actors; one is a well-known Buddhist activist monk from Myanmar and a Diocesan Priest from Thailand situated near the Myanmar border to share vivid stories about the current situation there and discuss how peace-loving religions in Asia could unite and support.

Schedule: March 26, 2021 (Friday) 7:00-9:00 pm Philippine time
● Flow:

  1. Presentation by both the Presenters
  2. Discussion – after presentations by both the Presenters the talk is open for the online participants.
  3. Audience in online zoom and in real-time YouTube broadcasting if possible.

● Presenters:

  1. “Military coup and Buddhist response – more solidarity is needed!” -Ven. Bhikkhu Mandalar Zan / mandalarzan@gmail.com
  2. Religious response to the military coup in Myanmar-Ko Htwe/ Project Manager of Lay Mission Institute, Myanmer

● Discussion Panel:

  1. Ms. Norma Gonos / Director of Apo Governance and Indigenous Leadership Academy, Philippines
  2. Rev. Irma Mepico / Assistant Program Coordinator of the Christian Unity and Ecumenical Relations
    (CUER) -NCCP, Philippines
  3. Prof. Francis Lee / Executive director of JusPeace, Korea
  4. Fr. Vinai Boonlue, SJ/ Head of Euro Burma Office Foundation

Jointly Organized by ALL Forum, NCCP, RTRC

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