QEM, SHC family joins together, celebrates Christian Unity ‘18

Article/News by: Lucia Yllaine P. Ramirez, Grade XI-ABM 3
Date Posted: January 26, 2018

As part of the Christian community united by a common faith, and deep-seated love for God, Cordians joined the Quezon Ecumenical Movement’s (QEM) celebration of Christian Unity, a sign of hope in this difficult times.

With the theme, “Ang Kanang Kamay mo, Yahweh’y makapangyarihan,” Cordians, along with guests from different churches of Christianity showed a united front during the 2018 celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, held at the Rendu Cultural Center and Gymnasium, January 17, 2018.

The event is centered on the idea of opening our hearts to being one family in Christ, through love and concern for one another.

“The truth will set us free,” said Sister Nenita Divina F. Pateña, D.C., as she delivers her take on the gospel reading. She further explained that by accepting the singularity of our belief in God, despite the differences in how we show it, we are still portraying hope.

Sister Pateña also added that along with truth, forgiveness is another factor in setting ourselves free. By doing so, we are helping others, and helping ourselves, which is a portrayal of love. Through forgiving, we are also humbling ourselves, which shows our thankfulness and respect for God.

The celebration was spearheaded by several leaders from different houses of God, including Right Rev. Pedro C. Ojascastro and Fr. Rowel Telmo of Iglesia Filipina Independiente, Fr. Ramil Esplana of the Roman Catholic Church, Pastor Ysmael Cataag, and Pastor Reece Ven V. Bico, Pastor Amy of United Church of Christ in the Philippines, and Fr. Marvin, and Fr. Melvin Montano of United Methodist Church.

Representatives from the different members of the Quezon Ecumenical Movement also gave inspirational messages as the event reaches its end.

According to Fr. Esplana, there is unity in diversity, and that our differences gives us the opportunity to share with each other. He added that he hopes the ecumenical movement will serve as an inspiration and a reminder for people, especially for the youth, that unity is important.

Meanwhile, Right Rev. Ojascastro stated that despite the numerous problems we face, there is still hope, for the good news of God is still alive, within us.

Fr. Marvin, on the other hand, emphasized the need for partnership. He said that all Churches are partners in love, peace and justice, for we are all children of God, made in God’s image and likeness. Pastor Amy also gave her input. She expressed that respect is a must, and that we must not look at outside appearances, rather, we must delve deeper.

Fr. Bueno, a member of Apostolic Catholic Church, also added that the gathering is a blessing. It symbolizes that we are breaking away from the chains that enslaves our everyday lives.

The celebration which highlighted our oneness in God, is a reflection of our trust in him, his love and his reign. The 4th regional assembly of the ecumenical movement is slated for Jan. 18, 2018, at Pililia, Rizal, while the International celebration is scheduled on Jan. 21, 2018, on the same day as the Feast of the Santo Niño (Child Jesus).

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