The international community's responsibility to protect endangered populations when their governments fail to do so, and church support for protective measures, has been the subject of lively debate at a World Council of Churches (WCC) workshop at the 20-25 January World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.
Supporters of the US- and Canadian-based international conflict transformation organisation Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) - now known worldwide as a result of the 2005-6 hostage crisis in Iraq - have been challenging the prevalence of war toys through nonviolent actions at a well known retailer.
On the third Monday of every January, the United States marks Martin Luther King Day. The national holiday celebrates the birth and life of the civil rights activist and Baptist minister, whose Christian convictions about justice and the Gospel led him to a path of non-violence and peacemaking.
Women have borne the brunt of the cruel devastation of war in the Congo and still
live with huge scars ‚Ä' writes Judy Amunga of Nairobi, Kenya, who participated in a recent Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation to the East of the country.
This week I have had the great pleasure of meeting up again, for the first time since March 2006, with Jim Loney from Canada and Harmeeet Singh Sooden from New Zealand. One year ago this weekend we were companions in kidnap and held in close confinement in Baghdad where we had gone as members of a Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) delegation.
The three Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) workers held hostage in Iraq at the end of 2005 and the beginning of 2006 have said that they are not in a position to decide whether to testify in criminal proceedings against their alleged captors ‚Ä' but have stressed that they are committed to the path of forgiveness as the only way forward for themselves and for all dragged into the mire of violence and injustice.
Former Iraq hostages, James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden, will arrive in the UK this week to be reunited with fellow captive Norman Kember, and issue a statement concerning their alleged captors who may face the death penalty.