The scent of violence in everyday life, in culture and in the news has become endemic in the Philippines, says Shay Cullen. But there is hope where different values and practices are initiated, and where human transformation can challenge the roots of impunity and injustice.
“Being chosen,” as in the case of biblical or modern Israel, is still a grand theological theme inhabiting discourse in America, says Martin E. Marty. The concept is hotly disputed. And it is especially troubling when it becomes a matter of credal orthodoxy.
In the five years since the 2005 earthquake devastated parts of Pakistan, not one year has gone by in which the people of Pakistan have not suffered from disaster, says Church World Service staff working in the country.
The International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) in the Jamaican capital Kingston in May 2011 will be a testimony of solidarity for the culture of peace that churches are trying to build on the island, reports Jane Stranz.
The building of Cordova House and Mosque near Ground Zero in New York, where many lost their lives on 9/11, has become a subject of heated debate. Michael Kinnamon, who heads up the National Council of Churches USA, cuts through the controversy to make a directly Christian appeal for neighbourly love.
Prison is not working. Helping former offenders into jobs and effectively supervising people on community sentences is a key part of the answer, says Anton Shelupanov. To do this, the UK criminal justice system must embrace innovation as a necessity, not as a desirable extra.
Climate change is transforming the lives of people on Viwa Island off the coast of Suva, Fiji, writes Mark Beach. What appears to the outsider to be paradise on earth is an object lesson in how global warming threatens the vulnerable most of all.
It is not long ago that we marked the two-year anniversary of the Syrian uprisings. What started in Dara’a (in southern Syria alongside the Jordanian border) and later country-wide as a series of peaceful and reform-oriented demonstrations was met with uncompromising firepower. Regional analyst Dr Harry Hagopian assesses what has been happening and where the balance of forces now lies in a damaging, dangerous and heartbreaking conflict.
Hope solely in an America-tailored and enforced settlement between Israelis and Palestinians today is nothing more than a chimera, says regional expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian, in the wake of the US President's regional visit. Moreover, the two peoples will only manage to draw nearer to a peaceful resolution of the conflict if Israel acknowledges that it is occupying and colonising another people on their land and desist from applying those oppressive measures that are apartheid-like.