By Nova Veraley V. Grafe
THE UPRISING CIVIL war in Syria; the pork barrel scam issue and the Zamboanga crisis between government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in our country—made Silliman University Church together with the Justice and Peace Committee of SU Church Board of Elders, Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) and its committees to organize a prayer gathering last Sept. 11, at the SU Church.
Atty. Joshua Ablong, chairperson of the Justice and Peace Committee of SU Church Board of Elders said that as one community of faith, “it’s
about time that we share the burden of the people being affected and help change for our nation and for our world”. “We cannot do it with just mere human effort, we need spiritual guidance”, Atty. Ablong said.
Atty. Ablong also said that “in our deeper part of conscience as human being, we cannot just stand and close our eyes of what is happening in our world today…we are one humanity and what is inflicted against human being is against all of us”. “We are not taking any other side, but we are taking the side of prayer…lifting everything to God”, said Rona Marie Namocatcat, SUSG president.
Various Silliman University student organizations also lend a prayer for good governance; for accountability and for government official; for active youth involvement and student leadership; and for Syria and Zamboanga. As a symbol of unity and as a concluding part of the gathering, the people formed a human cross.