Just two days after declaring the official start of delayed intra-Syriantalks in Geneva to end five years of bloody warfare, the UN mediator has suspended them for three weeks following differences between Government and opposition delegations on the priority of humanitarian issues.
In the first Middle East Analysis podcast of 2014, regular studio guest Dr Harry Hagopian, a regional expert and Ekklesia associate, looks at the upcoming Geneva 2 meeting about the on-going crisis in Syria, Egypt's constitutional referendum, and other Middle East and North Africa related concerns.
This is the full statement from an Ecumenical Consultation on Syria, involving churches from across the world, hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, from 15-17 January 2014, ahead of the upcoming Geneva II international talks on resolving the Syrian crisis.
In the city of Calvin where Reformed and Protestant roots run deep, migrant churches are bringing a new dimension to the theological and church situation. Recently, more than twenty churches, most from migrant backgrounds, came together to raise concerns of migrant communities support their efforts for integration and reflect on the evolving ecclesial landscape in Geneva, Switzerland.