How can Christians and Muslims build closer relationships in the face of pressures from within and without their different communities, and in a world where religiously sanctioned conflict is often given high profile in the media?
There is an extraordinary elliptical quality to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, which has elevated the human spirit in both religious and non-religious terms over the centuries, says Simon Barrow, introducing a series of performances of the Cello Suites at Just Festival 2013.
Sacred Earth offers a singular vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and humanity - one that is under pressure or even threat in many parts of the globe at the moment. Welcoming the artistic production, Simon Barrow looks at the philosophy, art and indeed theology that may underpin a respect for the world and the relations embodied in it.
In recent years, practitioners engaged in the fields of mediation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding have begun to explore the role arts can play in helping communities to move from protracted conflict to just and sustainable peace. Theodora Hawksley reports on a significant research project in the area revolving around the potential and actual role of religion.
The number of unpaid interns utilised as entry-level staff—minus the pay—has been on the rise in recent years, and media coverage of these unethical and legally questionable arrangements has been growing exponentially, says the Intern Justice (IJ) (http://internjustice.com/) organisation in the USA.
The future of fair trade initiatives, switching your money to local and ethical banks, and alternative approaches to business - these have all been looked at in conversations and talks at Just Festival this past month (August 2013), and there is a good deal more coming up in the 'Ethics Before Profit strand of programming.
'Behind closed doors' is one of the five strands of the 2013 Just Festival, incorporating a blend of conversations, drama, talks, art and other performance media to explore the exclusions and marginalisations faced by many people today.