America can either tolerate constant and crippling conflict, or recognise that the yearning for peace is universal, and strengthen its resolve to end conflicts around the world, say US Christian leaders, echoing President Obama's words back to him. They are calling for a new approach to Afghanistan based on "a humanitarian and development surge".
More than 1,200 faith-based and antipoverty activists took part in the recent Mobilization to End Poverty event in the USA, which aimed to consolidate broad-based support for fresh policies on social justice and deprivation.
Faith leaders in the world's riches nation have told a hearing that it is time to stop the "poverty train" in the United States of America and rescue its 37 million citizens who are still living below the poverty line.
For the next four weeks, the US God's Politics group blog will be featuring posts from a variety of voices on Iraq: Iraqis, US veterans and parents, Christians from other countries, pastors, and peacemakers.
The social transformation of the world - alleviating poverty and disease, restoring human rights and religious freedom, bringing peace overcoming prejudice - can only come through spiritual revival, progressive evangelical Jim Wallis has said.
Peace and security in Iraq will not come from increased levels of US troops and more warring ‚Ä' it will be achieved only by diplomacy, political processes, reconciliation, and reconstruction, says leading Quaker agency the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).