Mercy, not sacrifice, is the Christian keynote when dubious appeals to unity are used in religion and in society to thwart calls for social justice, says Savi Hensman. She cites recent examples in Japan and in world Anglicanism.
Churches working for and end to outbreaks of ethnic and religious conflict in Indonesia will receive a solidarity visit from an international ecumenical delegation sent by the World Council of Churches.
On a visit to the German Federal Defence Ministry in Berlin, members of a delegation from the World Council of Churches have posed tough questions about German arms sales and about the efficacy of war as a tool of policy.
Pope Benedict XVI and the Orthodox ecumenical patriarch Bartholemew are seeking to put differences aside in order to encourage a growing global vision of Christian unity in a divided world, using St Paul as an exemplar.
A student Christian leader Zimbabwe has urged the international community to intervene, following the decision of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to withdraw from the presidential runoff, citing escalating violence against supporters.
Not all wars and conflicts make the pages of newspapers, nor are all peace agreements the result of the high diplomacy of the United Nations, and that certainly includes those now being reconciled in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.