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Saturday, 26 February 2011 15:42

Inter-religious solidarity-building in the city is getting a further, fresh boost with the ongoing formation of a new group calling itself the Amores Interfaith Association.

The new group is composed of Muslim and Christian religious leaders including knowledgeable lay people who will conduct values and peace skills training in selected communities, World Vision Zamboanga Office chief Elizabeth Delgado revealed.  Her international humanitarian organization is sponsoring and supporting the interfaith initiative under its “local capacity for peace” program.
An initial membership of 10 ulamas, imams, pastors and laymen now forms the core group.  In a recent meeting, they elected Jaafar Kimpa, president of Jabu-Jabu The Calling, Inc., as association president.  Jabu-Jabu has been quite active in local interfaith activities and is a member of the Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP). Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) serves as IRSMP secretariat.

Kimpa said Amores will partner with religious and civil society groups involved in peace-building in the implementation of its own programs.   Together they will undertake religious education and attitudinal-change trainings of community residents.  Amores members belonging to Muslim and Christian denominations will work hand in hand in all such activities.

There will be no competing among the members as to which is the better religion, but instead they will work together and share their beliefs for the peace and betterment of our society, Kimpa said.
World Vision will help materially and financially the Amores group to produce training modules, Delgado said. It will also shoulder their operational requirements.

All my organization wants to achieve is a more peaceful, trusting and tolerant community, she added.  World Vision has been operating in Zamboanga City for many years.  During the last Week of Peace celebration in November 2010, IRSMP and PAZ honored it with their “Peace Weaver Award”.

Amores will complement and expand local interfaith peace-building, Kimpa said.   We are open to walk-in application to join the group, he said.  — Peace Advocates Zamboanga