LEARNING AND DOING AGLIPAYAN SPIRITUALITY
South-Central Luzon Conference Clergy Convocation Statement
We, Bishops, Priests and Deacons of the South-Central Luzon Conference of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, gathered for three full days of study, reflection and fellowship at Ouan’s Worth Farm & Resort, Lucena City, inspired by the IFI triennial theme, “Ipagpatuloy ang Mabuting Gawa Tungo sa Higit na Pagpapala,” (Galacia 6:9) with a sub-theme, “Malakas at Masiglang Kapariang Tumutugon sa Hamon ng Pananampalataya,” (Romans 12:2), issue the following statement.
We are challenged to articulate our Theology and actualize the Aglipayan Spirituality in our everyday life by heeding the call of St. Paul, “So that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” It is a reiteration of the call of the Old Testament Prophets especially the Prophet Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”(NRSV).
We learned to put our theology of peace into practice, looking to our Lord Jesus Christ as our model of the true Peacemaker. We have been reminded of the problem with our liberalism in interpreting Church policies and to rectify, given this right perspective, how to properly submit to the guidelines for the general well-being of God’s vineyard. We renew our commitment to our vocation and comply diligently with the Clergy Rule of Life or code of ethical conduct. We came to develop an awareness, to learn with insight and to deepen our understanding of ourselves that our human sexuality is a gift from God; as well as to become more sensitive and respond with compassion to the needs of others.