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Over the past week, I have enjoyed talking with two rather different but significant Christian audiences about the rapidly changing situation in the Middle East - evangelicals and Catholics.
Those are the primary constituencies that Premier Christian Radio and the the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales' podcasts reach. But through Ekklesia and many other media outlets in a cross-platform environment, the conversation becomes wider. It is important both to address particular constituencies, and to seek an understanding of MENA events which cross boundaries of religion and belief.
Anyway, the radio conversations with Andy Walton (PCR) and James Abbott (CBCEW) are on the same theme, but with different emphases:
If you follow the link http://www.premierradio.org.uk/sundaybreakfast.aspx and then click on 'the latest programme available on demand' (2 October 2011), it will play the PCR audio, which is 46 minutes long.
Meanwhile at http://www.catholicchurch.org.uk/palestinian-statehood-2 there is the second of two Middle East specials on the statehood, which also includes a brief regional roundup toward the end of the programme, which lasts 16 minutes.
© Harry Hagopian is an international lawyer, ecumenist and EU political consultant. He also acts as a Middle East and inter-faith advisor to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and as Middle East consultant to ACEP (Christians in Politics) in Paris. He is an Ekklesia associate and regular contributor (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/HarryHagopian). Formerly an Executive Secretary of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee and Executive Director of the Middle East Council of Churches, he is now an international fellow, Sorbonne III University, Paris, consultant to the Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide (UK) and author of The Armenian Church in the Holy Land. Dr Hagopian’s own website is www.epektasis.netTweet