When is a terrorist a terrorist, and how is the violence of occupier and occupied to be understood and responded to by those committed to nonviolence? Dianne Roe asks the questions from an assignment in Palestine with CPT.
This year the World Council of Churches, the primary post-war instrument of global church cooperation, is 60 years old. Sara Speicher explores its role and future in a radically changed world, and asks how churches today can negotiate togetherness and difference.
It's too easy too blame the vulnerable for the failings of public services and the economy, says Savi Hensman. We need a new culture, and both faith groups and secular ones like trades unions can contribute.
Actual sea changes in politics come rarely, but they do come, so don't let cynicism make you a functional reactionary, says Johan Maurer, who particularly wishes that the evangelical Christian community would be released from hero-worship and grasped by a biblical vision of social justice.
Anger can be an ally as well as an avoidance, an ignition for firm truth telling rather than an evocation of loathing, says Gene Stoltzfus. By maturing through occasional bouts of anger, we can learn that hatred is not the base for a workable society.
Many Catholics object these days to the appellation 'Roman', but it is still widely used by other 'publics, observes Martin E. Marty. Naming tells us a lot about the way our history and that of others has been constructed, and by what kinds of power.
Eucharistic sharing and the development of goods in community can help to reshape what we mean by globalisation in a divided and unequal world, says a recent consultation of three Christian Communions.
Traditional categories of right and left don't always work when applied to faith, says Giles Fraser. Yet there is no comfort for the 'religious right' in the Christmas Gospel, which is about giving not consuming and love not power-mongering.
The Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land and the Justice and Peace Committee issued a statement about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. It is a highly significant document in the light of recent media attention to these issues, and repeated statements from Baroness Warsi and others. There are serious issues at stake here, but it is important that they are understood properly and in context so that the appropriate solidarity for all oppressed groups can be expressed.
The barbarity of the response to protest by the Syrian regime - bullets, shabihas and tanks that soon graduated to chemical weapons and TNT barrels - also weaponised an equally radical bunch of people who carry with them the cloak of religiosity although they do not care a jot about the future governance of Syria, says regional analyst Dr Harry Hagopian. So where do we go from here?