The Methodist Church in Britain has said that on the fifth anniversary of the US and UK-led invasion of Iraq, governments must learn that a military response that seeks to exert control can easily bring further chaos.
Members of different faiths will gather in Friends House in central London on Saturday to discuss The Iraq War and Occupation: Ethics and Values with a leading lawyer who has horrifying uncovered evidence of British involvement in atrocities.
Palestinians and Jews working for peace and justice have expressed deep foreboding about the future after Israel responded to the appalling recent shootings in Jerusalem with hints of reprisals and a pledge to occupy more territory.
Opponents of a library, museum and policy institute dedicated to President George W. Bush at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas have vowed to continue their struggle after the school's trustees voted to endorse it.
The year has not begun well for Afghanistan, with suicide bombings, fears of a deteriorating security situation and reports of an increased presence by Taliban forces throughout the country, say church-based relief agencies.
A senior United Nations official in Burundi has pledged the support of the global body to the peace work of churches and others, paying a tribute to their efforts to stabilise the country after more than 10 years of war.
Two British development workers are establishing a project to support the growing number of street children in war-torn Congo, cooperating with the Anglican Church. It will be based in Lubumbashi, the country's second city.
UK-based international development agency Christian Aid has welcomed US President George Bush’s statement on the Middle East calling for ‘an end to the occupation that began in 1967’, referring to Israel and Palestinian lands.
The compassionate actions of human beings, not their claims against each other, reflect the will of God and the transforming power of Jesus the Prince of Peace, say the heads of the churches in Jerusalem this Christmastide.