21-26 May 1978
We see Mindanao
as a land of promise and many broken promises;
as a land of ongoing conflicts and struggle of people for peace based on justice and genuine development;
as a land where cultures do not only meet but melt as well;
as a land where faith shines best in the people even in the midst of
D-espair searching for hope,
E-nslavement groping for freedom
A-ccusation awaiting for trial,
T-reachery hungering for friendship, and
H-and and grenades if not Howitzers hoping for love instead;
as a land where people can possibly live in love based on the principle of the kinship of people under God.
the Mindanao conflict as a historical development where the factors of politics and economics play the dominant and determinant roles, respectively; and bound intricately by cultural and religious factors;
the present efforts to its solution aa palliative and mercenary in its stance to further enhance the greed for political and economic powers;
the Moro National Liberation Fron and the Bangsa Moro Army, including the Mindanao Independence Movement, as attempts to solve an existing problem;
the New People’s Army, a newcomer in the area of battle and occupying some of the northern portions of Mindanao, as another alternative offered to the people of Mindanao;
the Church in ecumenical ventures as desperately looking for the light through programs and projects that could only produce a dent in the solution of the problems.
that we are innocent if not ignorant, of the roots, shape, growth, and fruits of the Mindanao conflict;
that we have neglected grossly the challenge of Mindanao to the Body of Christ in the Philippines.
that we have used more of our time, talents, and treasures on the minor issues rather than on the major concerns of the here-and-now;
that we have been aloof, if not arrogant, to the solution of the Mindanao problem.
to develop our talent humility in our approach to the Mindanao conflict;
to identify ourselves with the oppressed and exploited Muslims of Mindanao;
to stand for and with the Muslims as a people searching for their identity and direction in history;
to assist in the process of building up a people in their struggle for peace where genuine dialogue can take place on an equal relationship between the oppressor and the oppressed.
We Act to Propose
the creation of a Muslim Desk in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines with the following tasks:
a. to educate the people of God in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines regarding the complexity of the Mindanao conflict;
b. to present a program for the radical awareness of the afflicted after proper consultation with the people directly and indirectly affected by the conflict;
c. to collate materials and date pertinent to the desk;
d. to present officially the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in seminars and conferences related to the desk;
a workshop-seminar for orientation and contact with the Muslim world for the leader of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in all levels;
the changing of attitudes through the radical change of situations and conditions that nurtures the same negative attitudes toward the Muslim;
the participation of the local churches in the celebration RAMADAN 1398–August 4 to September 3, 1978–through the use of the PACEM lesson guide Breaking Down of Walls;
the concept of Christian Presence as our guidelines in the ministry to the Muslim world;
a complementing and coordinating relationship with other agencies and institutions having goals and objectives of solving the Muslim conflict.
ONLY WHEN THE BODY OF CHRIST MOVES FROM ITS POSITION OF STATUS QUO TO ITS HIGH CALLING FOR EXODUS BASED ON ITS VISION FOR THE LAST QUARTER OF THE CENTURY CAN IT BE TRANSFORMED AND TRANSFORMING AS WELL.
Ref. General Assembly May 21-26, 1978, Action 78-116 p. 35.
The Statement on the Mindanao Situation is in General Assembly, May 21-26, 1978, Appendix XXI, pp. 552-553