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            The Research and Training Center for Religio-Cultural Community (RTRC) was set up on the basis of our reflection on the experiences drawn from the work of the Diocesan Social Action Center of the Chiang Mai diocese and the missionaries in the North of Thailand. RTRC aims to empower people’s movements based on the religiocultural values of the local communities and their beliefs in the guidance of the nature and ancestral spirits, and the Creator-Spirit. Their religiocultural values and spirituality (of being spirit-led) are powerful context-based approaches for overcoming the challenges as they struggle to promote a more sustainable livelihood with dignity in the present society.

            RTRC was officially established on January 16, 1999 as a Research and Training Center with a focus on the spiritualities and cultures of the indigenous peoples in the upper Northern part of Thailand, both living in the lowland and highland.