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Silsilah Dialogue Movement's Harmony Chain reaches Pagadian high school

Zamboanga City (8 September) -- The Silsilah Forum-Pagadian successfully organized an orientation on the Harmony Chain Initiative (HCI) for some 50 faculty members and students of Zamboanga del Sur National High School in Pagadian City on September 3, 2010.

This is one of the series of activities that the forum of Pagadian will undertake, with the support of Silsilah Dialogue Movement (SDM) in Zamboanga City.

Three (3) of the SDM staff in Zamboanga were invited - Norbert Solina, Aldamir Abdulkahal and Cristina Beltran - to share their dialogue experiences of Muslim-Christian relations, about the Harmony Chain Initiative, and about Silsilah in general.

The Harmony Chain Initiative (HCI) is a special interfaith initiative of Silsilah which was initiated in the year 2000 for meditation and prayer for dialogue and peace, from Mindanao to the world. It is a spiritual chain of people of different cultures and religions responding to God's dialogue with humanity to sustain our cry for peace through the Harmony Prayer.

In Pagadian, Silsilah Forum coordinators Saida Lapasaran and Aileen Luab, were very grateful for the positive response from the participants and their interest to commit to pray the Harmony prayer.

"This is an opportunity for them to know about the spirituality of Silsilah and the significance of praying for peace. This is especially meaningful for the students," according to Mrs. Saida, a Muslim coordinator.

The enthusiasm to listen to the different initiatives and programs of Silsilah was visibly seen in the participants. During the open forum they were able to ask questions and get some information relevant to dialogue and peace.

Advocates believed that the HCI continuous to spread, not just throughout Mindanao, but in the world as well. The people of the world continue to cry for peace today and that cry is echoed in the Harmony Prayer which the HCI promotes.

The Harmony Prayer is divided into four parts, each part starting with the invocation "Oh Lord?" God is known by different names in the different religions (Yahweh, Allah, Father) but to all God is Our Lord. Through the prayer Christians and Muslims are unified in a special way when they recite the prayer together.

Ms. Corazon Mendoza, the link person of HCI in Pagadian City, has been challenged to bring the initiative to the hearts of the people in the place and she is planning to formally launch it in the coming months. At the end of the orientation the participants signed up the registration form with keenness as a sign of their commitment to be part of HCI and to pray for peace.

Individuals, groups, and communities from different religions within and outside the country can become part of this "chain" by committing to a specific time of the day to meditate or pray for peace. The goal is that every moment of the 24 hours of the day, some persons, groups or communities all over the world are united in prayer for peace.

At present, the membership has grown from local to international level and regular communication and links are maintained through HCI's monthly newsletter "IN-TOUCH" and "Legame di Pace" (in Italian). (Silsilah/PIA9-BST) [top]

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