A Dialogue-Forum on Engaging Moral Imagination in healing the wounds of war

Thursday, November 23, 2017
11:00 AM
12:20 PM
Faura Hall, Ateneo de Manila University

The war is over, and Marawi is "liberated." But five months after they fled their homes for safety, the internally displaced find no home to return to in which to heal their wounds, grieve their loss, and rebuild their lives.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (through the class IS 163.15: Muslim-Christian Dialogue and Cooperation for Nation Building) of the School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University, and by the Sacred Springs Dialogue Institute of Spirituality and Sustainability of the Loyola School of Theology (LST), this Dialogue-Forum on "Engaging Moral Imagination in Healing the Wounds of War" will feature young visionaries who continue to inspire hope in our capacities as a nation as we carry on together to heal our wounds and nurture our spirit. 
Bai Rohaniza "Honey" Sumndad-Usman, a Maranao princess, is a peace activist who founded the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement. She is also the Philippine Country Director and Coordinator for Asia America Initiative (AAI) that aims to promote peace and build healthy communities in Mindanao. She has committed herself to building “a Culture of Peace to create different generations of peace builders toward our goal of a just and peaceful society.”
Rey Bufi is the founder of The Storytelling Project, a non-government organization that sets up reading centers and conducts storytelling sessions for children everywhere in the country, including rehabilitation centers in the nearby war-torn Marawi. He is the new board member of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) representing storytellers. 
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) of the School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University, is co-organizing this Dialogue-Forum through its course IS 163.15: Muslim-Christian Dialogue for Cooperation and Nation Building. Taught by Dr. Maria Teresa Guingona Africa, this course involves students in a phenomenological process of awakening to a growing awareness of Muslims, their Islamic faith, and their struggles as citizens of the Philippines. It encourages students to correct their misconceptions about Muslims; develops their capacities for engaging in Muslim-Christian dialogue and relationship-building; and impresses upon them that inherent in both Islam and Christianity are spiritual values and practices that can help: (1) promote good governance; (2) establish peace and order in Mindanao; and (3) build cultures of mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation for unity in diversity in the country. This course also provides a framework for dialogue within which shared ideals and values can be applied to actions and initiatives that contribute to peace- and nation-building. 

Sacred Springs Dialogue Institute of Spirituality and Sustainability is an institute within the Loyola School of Theology that assists the LST in fulfilling its mission of theological reflection and formation, geared towards bringing justice to the poor and healing to sacred earth. Sacred Springs is so named because it draws from the collective wisdom of diverse communities, based on a common concern for safeguarding and sustaining the precious resources of the earth. Its vision is “a world where peoples harness their collective wisdom and energies from their diverse cultures and spiritualities to nurture and sustain our shared future.” Its mission is “to promote and foster the recovery of the sense of the sacred, restore our fragmented earth communities, and recover our ecological well-being.” Sacred Springs offers its services in partnership with organizations, both public and private, in the design and conduct of programs that supports its vision.

Please do join us in this Dialogue-Forum on:
Thursday, 23 November 2017
11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Faura Audio-Visual Room
G/F, Faura Hall
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Admission is free and open to the public. 
For inquiries, contact 426-6001 loc. 5340 (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies)