peace and war

  • February 11, 2012

    Anglican leaders from across Africa have made an emotional plea to Muslim faith leaders to stand with them in opposition to the "tragic violence that is destroying our communities."

  • August 25, 2011

    The historic religions are ambivalent in their respect for life, and ambiguous about survival versus broader moral instincts, says a leading commentator.

  • May 20, 2011

    All too often 'peace' becomes merely the absence of war, an aspiration beyond present circumstances, a limited discourse controlled by assumptions about the normality of conflict, or a moral choice alongside 'just war'. All these lazy or restrictive assumptions need challenging - and they are being, at the first global churches' and faith-conveyed peace gathering of its kind.

  • May 2, 2011

    Civilian protection requires simple, straightforward dialogue and negotiation with the people who can control whether other people are safe or not. It also works, say Tim Wallis of Nonviolent Peaceforce. As soon as we bring guns, tanks and air support into the picture, we are talking about something which more often than not does not work, and often makes things worse.

  • July 23, 2009

    From the smallest village to the biggest town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) people are yearning for peace, says Fredrick Nzwili. Church leaders are encouraging the rebel fighters to disarm.

  • April 30, 2009

    The government suffered a humiliating defeat as MPs backed a resolution calling for former Gurkhas to be allowed to settle in the UK without restriction, raising further questions about rights for soldiers and unjust immigration policies.

  • November 7, 2008

    This Sunday 9 November, churches up and down the country will make a political statement which will be widely covered across print and broadcast media, says Jonathan Bartley. But it is likely to pass without so much as a murmur of criticism.

  • September 30, 2008

    The UN Liaison Office of the World Council of Churches and Mennonites have co-sponsored an international dialogue between some 300 religious leaders and political figures - including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

  • September 11, 2008

    The need to "re-frame the religious dimensions" of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a key goal of a 4-day international theological conference which began yesterday in the Swiss capital, Bern.

  • June 15, 2008

    The military strategy of trying to win ‘hearts and minds’ in Afghanistan by building schools and health clinics is failing to address the root causes of violence in the country, a report by a group of European and Canadian aid agencies says.