Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Killings of Chruch Lay Ministers

For immediate release: 30 June 2010

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has denounced the extrajudicial killings of Benjamin Bayles and Jovelito Agustin, both lay ministers of the Philippine Independent Church.

In a 29 June letter to President-elect Benigno Aquino III, Tveit urged "the Philippines government to keep its commitment to international human rights instruments and put an end to the killings and to the culture of impunity by prosecuting the perpetrators and granting justice to the victims of human rights violations".

Aquino is being inaugurated today. He succeeds Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Bayles and Agustin were "active lay ministers, known in their churches as outspoken advocates of human dignity and of the rights of the most marginalized", Tveit stated. Bayles, a human rights advocate, and Agustin, a broadcaster who defended workers' rights, were murdered by suspected paramilitary groups on 14 and 15 June, respectively.

In denouncing the killings of Bayles and Agustin and reiterating his concern about the "ongoing extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances and continuing impunity in the Philippines", the WCC general secretary has joined the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the Philippine Independent Church (or Iglesia Filipina Independiente, IFI).

According to the Rev. Rex Reyes, NCCP general secretary, the circumstances of the deaths of Bayles and Agustin "point to the pattern of continuing impunity against progressive organizations and their members, and journalists who raise critical voices".
For the Most Rev. Godofredo David, IFI obispo maximo, Bayles and Agustin "are the latest victims of a systematic attempt to silence the Iglesia Filipina Independiente […] Their death clearly points to a re-intensification of political killings and worsening political repression and human rights violations in the Philippines".

David has called on the President-elect Aquino to "hold the government of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo accountable for the numerous cases of political repression and killings in the Philippines under the military's counter-insurgency policy".
The human rights group Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights) reports that 1,118 extrajudicial killings were documented in the Philippines between 2001 and October 2009.

During that same period, Karapatan recorded a total of 204 victims of enforced disappearance and 1,026 victims of torture. The human rights organization denounces thousands of cases of forcible evacuation and displacement due to the military operations in the rural areas. According to Karapatan, there have been six extrajudicial killings in July including those of Bayles and Agustin.

Power of God's Word - Animation

Full text of the letter of the WCC general secretary to the President-elect of the Philippines WCC member churches in the Philippines Ecumenical delegation from the Philippines speaks out on human rights abuses (8 June 2010)

The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The WCC general secretary is Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from the [Lutheran] Church of Norway. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  ‘Pray then in this way:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial but rescue us from the evil one.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you;
but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 6:5-15 NRSV

God is Love 1John 4:16

Monday, June 7, 2010


Pray for all things and at all time onto the Lord Jesus! 
You shall not pollute the land in which you live; for blood pollutes the land, and no expiation can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.  You shall not defile the land in which you live, in which I also dwell; for I the Lord dwell among the Israelites. Numbers 35:33-34

...they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;  and the land was polluted with blood. Psalm 106:38


May God Have Mercy On Us All!

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.
   Only, you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. For your own lifeblood I will   surely require a reckoning: from every animal I will require it and from human beings, each one for the blood of another, I will require a reckoning for human life. Whoever sheds the blood of a human, by a human shall that person’s blood be shed;  for in his own image God made humankind. Genesis 9:3-6
May God Have Mercy On Us All
  God is Love in Jesus' Christ our Savior and of Peace, Amen!
1John 4:16