Today marks the 20th anniversary of Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Armenia. Throughout the week, beginning tomorrow, Ekklesia will be running a series of reflections on the country and its significance from Dr Harry Hagopian, courtesy of Premier Christian Radio (PCR).
Our humanity - with all its redeeming points - can overtake our particular fears, angers and doubts, says Harry Hagopian. For him, an Armenian, a chance encounter with a Turk proved a compass point in this quest and possibility to move beyond confrontation.
In this podcast, available on Ekklesia in association with, Premier Christian Radio, Harry Hatgopian (himself from an Armenian Orthodox background) explores the ‘hidden story’ of a people, illustrating why it is of crucial significance for human flourishing in the C21st.
Is the cost in spoilt US relations with Turkey outweighed by respect for the memory of well over one million Armenian victims? Harry Hagopian asks tough questions about the past an future of a genocide which many wish to deny, but which truth and humanity demands must be acknowledged in full.
Today marks the observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. It should also enable us all to recognise and acknowledge the Armenian genocide of 1915-23, says Harry Hagopian - for the sake of moral and political truthfulness and healing.
The National Council of Churches USA and the development agency Church World Service, holding their annual meeting, have urged the US House of Representatives to officially recognize the slaughter of Armenians in 1915 as a genocide.
There is an "international responsibility to protect people at risk in the Darfur region ... and in neighbouring Chad," says the World Council of Churches executive committee, calling on member churches to bring that responsibility "to the attention of their governments".
Following on from his visit to the United States, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has embarked on a series of short visits to Armenia, Syria and Lebanon. The aim is to deepen church relations and promote peace. The trip runs from 22 - 29 September 2007.