Cal-Nevada's Philippines Task Force Team Begins 2009 Pastoral and Solidarity Visit

July 17, 2009

A team organized by the Philippines Solidarity Task Force of the California-Nevada Annual Conference leaves this weekend on its 2009 pastoral and solidarity visit to the Philippines, and will be appreciative of your prayers.


Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. is heading the 10-person delegation. Three students at Pacific School of Religion and a San Francisco State student who is active in campus ministry are among the participants.


The task force is an outgrowth of a resolution adopted at the 2006 Annual Conference Session. That conference, deeply concerned about reports of human rights violations in the Philippines, including disappearances and extra-judicial killings, authorized creation of a fact-finding team. The delegation traveled to the Philippines in February, 2007 - and another team was created and sent to the Philippines following last year's ACS.


Objectives of the solidarity visit are to encounter, "with the eye of faith," the pains and struggles of our neighbors in the Philippines; to understand the systemic roots of the human rights situation there; to discern how the encounter may increase our understanding of how God is at work in the world, and enrich our idea of church mission and ministry; to uplift the morale of victims of human rights violations; to manifest a spirit of partnership and solidarity with those engaged in justice work in the Philippines; and to support and further encourage the churches there in their steadfast witness for justice, peace, and human rights.


This year's pastoral and solidarity visit is scheduled to end July 31.