‘It looks as if the end could be very near.’ This was the emotional response of Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad this morning, when asked about the prospects for Christianity in Iraq. He was at pains to stress that Christians and Muslims in Iraq have lived and worked together peacefully for centuries: it is terrorism, not Islam that is the problem.
Bigotry, suspicion and sectarianism - how do they emerge in human relationships and in history? Anna Schwoub introduces a trio of plays at Just Festival 2013 that help to answer those questions, showing how history often resonates painfully in the insecurities of the present.
As part of a series of events at Just Festival looking at how to break down barriers and confront bigotry locally and globally, a discussion is taking place tonight (Tuesday 6th August), on tackling sectarianism.
The final Festival of Spirituality conversation and Civic Cafe, The Power of Youth and Football to heal a Divided City, proved extremely rewarding, writes Katie MacFadyen. The issue of dealing with sectarianism and bigotry is something that should involve all of us.