The international community's responsibility to protect endangered populations when their governments fail to do so, and church support for protective measures, has been the subject of lively debate at a World Council of Churches (WCC) workshop at the 20-25 January World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.
The former moderator of the World Council of Churches, Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian Apostolic Church, says Lebanese leaders need to sustain the democracy they have and not continue fomenting insecurity that could easily trigger more unrest in Lebanon, reports Ecumenical News International.
Women have borne the brunt of the cruel devastation of war in the Congo and still
live with huge scars ‚Ä' writes Judy Amunga of Nairobi, Kenya, who participated in a recent Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation to the East of the country.
Mounting casualties among displaced civilians in what the United Nations says is indiscriminate shelling in the war raging in Sri Lanka's east, have spurred churches to join protests demanding an end to the shelling in civilian areas - writes Anto Akkara for Ecumenical News International.
Christianity in Iraq is staring oblivion in the face, declares a commentary in the Methodist Recorder newspaper in the UK - which focuses on the concerns of Iraqis surveying the current devastating situation in their country from the outside.
Bishop Marc Handley Andrus of the Episcopal Diocese of California in the USA has been arrested for blocking the front door of the San Francisco federal building to protest against the deaths caused by the Iraq war - writes Mary Frances Schjonberg for the Episcopal News Service (ENS).
This week I have had the great pleasure of meeting up again, for the first time since March 2006, with Jim Loney from Canada and Harmeeet Singh Sooden from New Zealand. One year ago this weekend we were companions in kidnap and held in close confinement in Baghdad where we had gone as members of a Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) delegation.
The three Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) workers held hostage in Iraq at the end of 2005 and the beginning of 2006 have said that they are not in a position to decide whether to testify in criminal proceedings against their alleged captors ‚Ä' but have stressed that they are committed to the path of forgiveness as the only way forward for themselves and for all dragged into the mire of violence and injustice.
The National Council of Churches USA has said that the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group "generally resonate" with church leaders' recommendations, and has urged President Bush and the United States Congress "to understand the opportunity presented by this report."