Murder in the Philippines echoes history

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Chuck Currie writes about the horrible murder of a conference minister of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, the Rev. Edison Lapuz. If there is a goverment connection, then let their action fall back up on them. In any case, it seems a terrible loss to his people.

Regular readers might feel a tug of recognition; the Rev. Toribio Quimada, the founder and president of the Universalist Church of the Philippines (now Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines; no website) was murdered in 1988 under not-dissimilar circumstances.

There is really quite little about the UUCP or Quimada on the Internet, but the Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt's review of Magilpay Universalist is helpful. (I think the reference to the unitarian Philippine Independent Church is a bit of a red herring, though.)

Joseph Lyons-Santos attended the fiftieth anniversary observances with the UUCP and has written about his experience. That's worth reading.

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