The Church as Agent of Community Transformation – The ATS 2017 Theo Forum

Peace Church Philippines presented at the recent ATS 2017 Theological Forum last March 2-3, 2017 held at Greenhills Christian Fellowship Ortigas. The theme of the forum this year is “The Church as Agent of Community Transformation”

Regina Lyn Mondez Sumatra and Kathleen Lei Limayo shared stories of transformation in the communities Peace Church was involved in.

The first story is how Balay Tukalsan journeyed with informal settlers in Taguig during conflict with a business man. Bryan Paler, a member of Peace Church Philippines, leads the Balay Tuklasan. The conflict started when the business man wanted to remove the informal settlers on a nearby land. Bryan facilitated the conflict resolution by inviting everyone to eat on a feast at the street and get to know each other. By building relationships and letting the people involved in the conflict know each other, reconciliation and peace in the community can happen.

The second story is the street concert of Canadian Artist, and Juno Award winner, Matt Epp in Balut, Tondo Manila in 2015. Normally, performers like Matt will hold big concerts, but last 2015 in Sining Kalye Musikalsada he sang alongside local artists in Tondo. The concert challenged “Theo Sa Kanto” to encourage the local artists in Tondo to share their talent to their community.

Peace Church Philippines engages not just with Christians but even individuals who have different faith. Since 2014, Peace Church has collaborated with individual anarchists to host the event “Sining Kalikasan, Aklasan”. It is a annual event that seeks to voice out concerns to the government during the State of the Nation Address of the Philippine president. It is a peaceful protest by sharing workshops and performances.

To listen to the full presentation of Peace Church Philippines, watch the video below.