Sunday, October 22, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL WARP Office in Mindanao, Philippines


[HWPL] HWPL WARP Office in Mindanao, Philippines

Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article from HWPL official homepage regarding HWPL WARP (World Alliance of Religions' Peace) Office

WARP Office Scriptural Comparison Dialogues

In the Philippines, there are 3 WARP Offices in Manila open since November 2014, which hosted 215 sessions of religious discussion and seminars until February 2022. The interfaith dialogues continued during the pandemic, and as a result, 1,016 sessions of separate online discussions took place through February 2022.

These interfaith dialogues were reinforced as academic lectures known as part of the Religious Peace Academy, and lectures were given from the perspectives of Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism. For more than 5 months, religious leaders and devotees of different faith groups sat together and studied the scripture in a deeper manner. As a product of this academy, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was established between Christian and Hindu leaders promising to learn more deeply with each other’s scriptures. The MOU was signed by 281 pastors from different denominations in order to learn and grow together. The yearning for peace that sprouted in Mindanao is bearing the good fruit of peace across the Philippines.

“I practiced Islam for 23 years, but couldn’t find (within the Scripture) teachings about terrorism. He believes there is nothing in Islam that encourages acts of terrorism, and that series of conflicts we see today are side effects of politics.” He also added that as these conflicts occurred due to the scarcity of communication, we should change the status quo by doing what HWPL has been carrying out – Scriptural Comparison dialogues. “This is a top priority for religious leaders and that they should have dialogues and understand each other.”

– Roberto Magbanua Mata, the Operation Manager of ISCAG (Islamic Studies Call And Guidance) of the Philippines

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