Asia West Pacific2021-07-13T16:38:00-04:00
Asia West Pacific supports peace workers in areas that suffer from global exploitation and militarism, and work together to create cultures of peace and justice. We get to know ourselves by entering other worlds—worlds very different from our own—challenging global patterns of oppression, discovering our common humanity, and celebrating our rich cultural and ethnic diversity.

We welcome volunteers who believe peace is possible to join the AWP Working Group to:

  • Maintain reliable support to people called to work for cultures of peace and justice in Asia West Pacific
  • Identify activities that preserve peace and justice in the manner of Friends
  • Share their stories
  • Support multilingual-rich environments

Where we consistently fail is where you succeed—reestablishing education and livelihoods, healing traumas, and reducing violence.  — Indrawadi Tamin, Indonesian Director for Disaster Relief, 2007

During my involvement, I am continually learning how essential friendship is to our work- it comes ahead of finances, legal aspects, publicity and project planning, although those four are also essential. You know, the sort of thing that bucks you up when you are tired; with people who really listen and provide new insights on the journey ahead. Together, we can be very strong.  —Valerie Joy, Queensland, Australia

Where We Work

What We Do

Empower and Heal 

First, we understand the power of violence and the transforming power of nonviolence and the Living Spirit. We draw on this unbounded resource of transforming power to heal and become resilient to trauma, so that we can face human tragedy without letting it take us down. We visit, build friendships, and share community agreements. Cultures of Peace and Justice, an AVP special topic workshop series for peace and justice workers, helps us create cultures of peace in the most unlikely places. Through Power of Goodness, we spread the news that peace is possible. 

Educate and Liberate

We develop human capacities so people do not revert to violence, and invest in loving, conscientious relationships that shape our communities. Other countries are developing Peace Libraries, Schools, and Gardens following Indonesia’s example. Collaborating with Literacy for Peace and Justice and the Sparklers, we try to make this slow, steady resources for human development widely accessible.

Act in Solidarity for Justice

We challenge intergenerational cycles of oppression, oppose prejudice and privilege, and organize based on discerning a consensus of love and conscience. We work to make peace with nature as well as among people, and speak up with a clear voice as we change our own private and public lives. 

  • Stand Up for Justice: We look within ourselves and our institutions to uproot the seeds of injustice we find there, challenge oppression, and build relationships based on truth with love, respect, justice, and our shared humanity.  
  • Make Peace with Nature: We work for ecological and social justice in our daily lives: eat organic food, distribute water filters, reduce use of single-use plastic, divest from militarism and fossil fuels, promote citizen’s contracts, and support distributed land rights. 
  • Oppose Prejudice, Privilege, and Militarism: We conscientiously object to violence, prejudice, privilege, exploitation, and colonization. We oppose state-sanctioned violence, including war, military bases, incarceration, the death penalty, and the weaponization of law and religion. We call for an end to the Korean War. 
  • Work on the Margins: We act in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and marginalized communities to include everyone in multilingual, multiethinic relationships and communities, enriching our understandings, knowledge, and resources and celebrating our cultural diversity. 

Get Involved

  • Subscribe to our E-news: at the bottom of this page
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  • Spread the news: share stories from this website with your groups
  • Request a speaker: contact Kins, Asia.Coordinator@friendspeaceteams.org
  • Join a peace team: contact Kins, Asia.Coordinator@friendspeaceteams.org 
  • Donate to activities: send a check or donate online with AWP in the memo
  • Become a sustainer: publicly declare your support by pledging to raise $600/year!

We share a faith, across religion, class and culture, in the power of the Living Spirit to give life, joy, peace, and prosperity through love, integrity and compassionate justice among people who live in simplicity and equality. We make no enemies, take no sides; we seek the liberty of living in accord with love and conscience. We build friendships, person-to-person, across a diversity of ages, cultures, religions, and backgrounds, among people committed to living peacefully, guided by our best mutual discernment and a set of common agreements:

  •     Respect and affirm self and others; no put downs or put ups.
  •     Stop, listen, don’t interrupt.
  •     Speak simply and honestly, without fear of mistakes.
  •     Tell your own stories, not others’ without permission.
  •     Be authentic and open to change.
  •     Ask for and give hospitality, feedback, and help.
  •     Tend emotions, then speak directly to someone if in dispute.    
  •     Build relationships with people similar and different from myself.
  •     Use what I need and share the rest, fairly.
  •     Volunteer myself only, not others.
  •     Exercise your rights to pass, consultation, and privacy.
  •     Care for each person, the group, community and natural world.
  •     Live in integrity with life’s transforming power.

We make decisions based on mutual discernment. Discernment requires us to develop our experience with the Spirit in relationships among people in a particular ecological location. We share the practices of stopping, discharging emotion, speaking clearly, and exchanging spiritual feedback. We rely on the discernment of the person or people connected to the real, living Spirit in the situation. They, in turn, test their discernment with at least three people on their team, three people knowledgeable about the action, and three people on the Working Group, clearly taking into account their integrating feedback. They share news about what they do and the decisions they make, soliciting and integrating additional feedback as the work unfolds. For significant or controversial decisions, we seek the discernment of the entire Working Group over at least two monthly meetings. 

Asia West Pacific People

Peace Workers (doing direct action)
Alma “Kins” Aparece, Philippines
Frence Boiser, Philippines
Subhash Chandra, Nepal
Nadine Hoover, USA
Chris Hunter, Peacebuilding UK, Britain YM, North Caucasus
Rustam Musaev, North Caucasus
Nanik, Central Java Mennonite Church, Indonesia
Jungjoo, Korea
Ram Paudel, Nepal
Petrus, Central Java Mennonite Church, Indonesia
Bungsu Ratih Puspito Rini, Indonesia
Melanie Siaw, Malaysia
Rosie Remmerswaal, Aotearoa/NZ

Supporting Peace Workers
Janet Anderson, Northern YM, AWP Recording Clerk
Jane Drexler, Tasmania, Australia YM
Mark Hoover, LEYM, Treasurer
Nadine Hoover, NYYM, AWP Communications Specialist
Gay Howard, Pacific YM, Working Group
Valerie Joy, Australia YM, AWP Recording Clerk
Fenna Mandolang, New York YM, Working Group, Interim Clerk
Tom Martin, Intermountain YM, Working Group
John Michaelis, Aotearoa/NZYM, Working Group
Pia Rierson, Australia YM, Working Group
Debbie Wood, Philadelphia YM, Working Group
Deb Wood, New York YM, Working Group

Alma “Kins” Aparece, AWP Coordinator

Advisors / Sustainers
Chuck Esser, Philadelphia YM, Korea Advisor
Jenna and Jav Morales, NY, USA, Technical Advisors
Liz Remmerswaal, Aotearoa/NZ, Anti-militarism
Karen Reixach, Sustainer

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