The Western understanding of Iraq and the impact of post-war conditions on Iraqi minorities, not least Christians, is often woefully ignorant, says Harry Hagopian. But the BBC is to be commended for a recent radio programme examining the 'hidden conflict' in the troubled country.
This text and podcast is the third of five reflective radio talks for Easter from Harry Hagopian, focusing on the presence, life and witness of the often-forgotten historic Christian communities across the Middle East. Today, attention turns to the beautiful country of Lebanon, a cradle of faith, yet buffeted by one crisis after another.
This text and podcast is the first of five reflective radio talks for Easter from Harry Hagopian, focusing on the presence, life and witness of the often-forgotten historic Christian communities across the Middle East. The first coming of Jesus occurred in Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem - not in London or elsewhere in the world - we are reminded today.
Ekklesia is delighted to announce that we will be running both the script and podcasts from five short Easter talks on Premier Christian Radio by our friend and contributor, Harry Hagopian, former executive secretary for the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and now an ecumenical, legal and political consultant for the Armenian Orthodox Church.
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has encouraged Christians across the world to support their sisters and brothers in the historic churches of the Middle East, as they face continuing pressures in the region.
An interfaith delegation’s recent visit to the Middle East could provide “a model and encouragement” for other Christians, Muslims and Jews to work together to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Peace in its deepest, thickest, most holistic and most biblical form always challenges the status quo which maintains the structures of violence that benefit the powerful and privileged, says Timothy Seidel.