Features

  • October 22, 2009

    The formal democracy of the Philippines disguises a welter of corruption, human rights abuse and extrajudicial killings, says Shay Cullen. The world needs to recognise and respond to what is happening.

  • October 15, 2009

    Discrimination, segregation, stereotyping – all factor in to women’s lives, says Fran Porter. By its words and actions, the church is part of the conversation. The question is, what is it saying?

  • October 15, 2009

    Peace in its deepest, thickest, most holistic and most biblical form always challenges the status quo which maintains the structures of violence that benefit the powerful and privileged, says Timothy Seidel.

  • October 12, 2009

    Faith in mathematical modelling looks little more than hubris after the recent economic collapse, says Giles Fraser. The unknown cannot be so easily tamed, as any half-decent theo­logian would know.

  • October 11, 2009

    Is there real potential for visible unity among today's churches, or are cultural and dogmatic differences too great to be overcome? Theodore Gill takes the temperature at a major global gathering looking at these concerns.

  • October 1, 2009

    Seventeen years after the war ended in Mozambique, churches are still collecting and destroying weapons and cleaning up areas of unexploded ordnance so the land can be farmed, says Juan Michel. It shows how hope can be built out of destruction.

  • September 25, 2009

    The Elders initiative is seeking to bring wisdom and perspective to global issues, says Martin Marty. What they have to take on are not just secular assumptions but ones deeply rooted in mistaken religious ideologies.

  • September 18, 2009

    Faith and civic groups are engaged in a whole series of campaigns for people and planet, says Niall Cooper. But if politicians are to be held accountable up to and beyond the election, common action is needed in place of competing cacophony.

  • September 11, 2009

    Following recent action by Africa, a majority of the world's countries have now banned nuclear weapons from their national territory for the first time, says Jonathan Frerichs. The churches have played an important role in this.

  • September 7, 2009

    Bankruptcy is on the increase, says Giles Fraser. There is tragedy in economic brokenness, but also hope. Debt forgiveness has the whiff of salvation and biblical Jubilee about it.