By Rix Navarra
The International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT) in partnership with Micah Global and the Micah Global Triennial Gathering and Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) has held the 2018 Stott-Bediako Forum with the theme “Peace Building and Conflict Transformation: The Church in Response to Political Conflict” on September 14th and 15th at the Center for Community Transformation (CCT), Tagaytay, Philippines.
INFEMIT is a fellowship of mission theologian-practitioners serving churches and other Christian communities to embody the Kingdom through transformational engagement. It problematize the political conflicts, violence, and oppression in the world today as well as the role of the Church in all these. The forum explored these challenges through lenses used in different contexts by the participants. The said event created an environment to understand the conflicts Christians faced as well innovative practices initiated in response to these. Seventy-five (75) scholars, church leaders and practitioners from different continents and faith traditions joined the forum.
Nestor Ravilas and Wilfredo Laceda (The Violence of Apocalyptic Eschatology: Formation of Evangelical Brutality and Savagery), Alvin Jimenez (Romans 13 and Revelation 13: The Question of the Passages’ Appropriate Use in the Current Political Situation), and Ana Rica Navarra (Love in the Time of Tokhang: The Saying on Loving the Enemy in the Time of Violence), faculty members of Penuel, were among the presenters in the said forum. –