Many thousands of Christians -Evangelicals, Protestants, Orthodox, Anglicans, peace churches, Black majority congregations and Roman Catholics - are preparing to pray, process and protest throughout the United States on 16 March 2007, to mark the fourth anniversary of the war and occupation of Iraq.
I have been travelling in the Philippines where news of increased troop levels and warfare in Iraq reaches us. Although it has been many months since I was in Baghdad, where I listened to the stories of detainees, I have a clear image of the increased burden of violence. I imagine with horror the columns of military vehicles weaving their way in narrow streets where homes and storefronts of my friends' neighbourhoods abound.
Concerns are growing at the level of hardship being experienced across Jordan as a result of the growing number of Iraqi refugees, in what Christian charity World Emergency Relief (WER) is calling a ‚Äòhidden crisis'.
Christian peace campaigner Brian Haw, who maintained a protest against the Iraq war for over 2000 days in Parliament Square, has had a series of charges against him under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act dismissed in the High Court by Judge Quentin Purdy ‚Ä' who criticized the way the case had been brought.
A group of US clergy and lay people have launched an online petition drive to urge the Southern Methodist University to drop its current bid to house the George W. Bush Presidential Library, which they say will link the respected institutional too closely with the profile of a politician whose policies have been actively opposed by many mainstream American Christians - and who has consciously rebuffed UMC leaders.
On the third Monday of every January, the United States marks Martin Luther King Day. The national holiday celebrates the birth and life of the civil rights activist and Baptist minister, whose Christian convictions about justice and the Gospel led him to a path of non-violence and peacemaking.
The United Methodist Church President Bush's own denomination, has added its voice to the growing global chorus of disapproval - echoed strongly by many American Christians - towards the new White House policy backing a military 'surge' in Iraq.