Features

  • 10 Dec 2013

    In recognising the human endurance, perseverance, vision, humility, lack of bitterness and political ability that characterised Nelson Mandela, analyst and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the response of Palestinians and others from the Middle East and North Africa region to his passing. There are uncomfortable truths to be faced in all this, he suggests.

  • 30 Nov 2013

    History was made at the UN climate talks last week – not by the achievement of a breakthrough in negotiations, unfortunately, but by the unprecedented walk-out by 800 civil society groups and trade unions, says Caroline Lucas MP, assessing what has happened and what needs to happen next.

  • 30 Nov 2013

    What worries many powers today are Iranian encroaching attempts to enrich high-grade uranium. Has the deal that has just been done alleviated those fears, or merely been a piece of window dressing? Regional commentator and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian examines the complexities, political dynamics and regional (global, indeed) implications of the Iran nuclear deal.

  • 16 Nov 2013

    Forget what self-appointed experts might tell you or what political bureaucrats might suggest either. Just cast a quick look for yourself at the Middle East North Africa (MENA) map today, says regional expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian. The inescapable conclusion – the revealing truth, if you will – is that things are not going well at all. In fact, things are quite messy – and perilously so too.

  • 15 Nov 2013

    Many who support the idea of an independent Scotland but would prefer not to be described as nationalists are motivated by the prospect of greater responsibility, explains Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian and a member of the Scottish Parliament’s economy committee. Here she sets out a vision of a just, sustainable future with a particular emphasis on the vital role of women, children, welfare and work. Among other things, she draws upon examples and models from the Nordic countries.

  • 6 Nov 2013

    On 9 July 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation. Today it is estimated to be home to more than 11 million people and is geographically one of the larger countries in Africa. The Sudanese churches have been part of the struggle and aspiration for peace and security, reports J. Ayana McCalman. But in a land rich in natural resources, there is also a need to address the humanitarian situation and significant human needs.

  • 5 Nov 2013

    The experiences and voices of a centre run by the Presbyterian Church in South Korea provide important lessons concerning the multiple insecurities felt by 'migrant wives', as the women are called, in a fast moving society. Naveen Qayyum, from Pakistan, reflects on the issues raised about migration and the experience of women at the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly meeting in Busan.

  • 1 Nov 2013

    The World Council of Churches 10th Assembly being held in Busan, Republic of Korea (30 October - 8 November 2013), is continuing the 60-year WCC campaign for advocacy of gender justice. The Council, in partnership with Korean women, has designed an encounter space – Umulga SHe-Space in the Madang exhibition hall at the WCC assembly. J. Ayana McCalman introduces the concept and the fresh space it opens up for conversation and action around gender justice.

  • 1 Nov 2013

    It has now been confirmed that Ecumenical News International (ENInews) will not outlive the drastic financial reductions imposed by its two main sponsors, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), writes Michel Kocher, a journalist, director of Médias-pro in Lausanne, a member of the World Association of Christian Communication (WACC), and former president of ENInews.

  • 31 Oct 2013

    A renewed 'Claim of Right' for Scotland would invoke popular sovereignty and more than nationalist is also social democratic, liberal, green, feminist and much more, says commentator Gerry Hassan. It is the Scotland of boldness, determination and self-determination, which is larger than labels and beyond being small-minded about differences. It is also a challenge to the fading 'high Scotland' which talks the people's talk while remaining paternalist, and a step beyond the limitations of the current referendum campaign.