The United States and the United Kingdom are being forced this month (March 2008) to reflect on the recent heritage of their military interventions. Who or what are we trusting in when we choose the way of the sword over the way of the Cross, asks Simon Barrow. Where does salvation lie?
The vicious circle of violence which tormented Israel and Palestine for years has returned, says Jerusalem Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan, following the shooting attack on a Jewish seminary. Blood will not save the Holy Land, he says.
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.
British universities are under renewed pressure to end their investment in the arms trade, with students planning a nationwide day of action tomorrow (27 February). Peaceful protests will take place simultaneously across the UK.
With peace seemingly returning to the troubled country, churches within and outside Kenya are now taking stock of the experiences from an ecumenical team visit made during a month of unrest and violence.
Some Christian leaders in Kenya have commented are worried at the inability of the country's churches to speak with one voice about the violence that has followed disputed presidential election results, leading to 1,000 deaths.
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.