The World Council of Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance along with Pope Francis called this week for restraint and de-escalation to prevent the conflict between the United States and Iran worsening.
Red and smoky skies at night and in the morning* looming in four Australian states indicate a catastrophe of biblical proportions as killer fires engulf them with towns and communities going down in flames, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded.
Christmas week is expected to be a time of peace, but this year it was not with attacks taking place in Nigeria, Somalia, Syria and the United States during the Christian celebrations and the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
Pope Francis delivers his yearly Christmas message at the Vatican while Christians from across the world celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, but in Burkina Faso, attacks by extremists force the cancelation of the feast celebrating birth of the "Prince of Peace."
Christianity Today, the evangelical magazine founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham triggered a national furore in the United States after it published an editorial calling for President Donald Trump's removal,
Students sat entranced as the theologian recounted that after serving in the Hitler Youth and the German Army as a "patriot" in World War II, he turned his back on nationalism and the horrors of that conflict.
New research suggests that the Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed at least 100 people, may not have originated in the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The virus is zoonotic, meaning it can be passed from animals to humans. So experts thought people in Wuhan likely caught the virus from snakes in a […]
The Government of Maharastra has made reading Preamble of the constitution compulsory in the school assembly meetings every morning. From primary school to high school, students must remind themselves that they live in a democracy under this constitution. This is a great nationalist step. Every state Government in the country must do this needful thing […]
A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book, which deals with the world’s failure to adequately address the existential danger of catastrophic climate change. The book consists mainly of book chapters and articles that I have previously published, although a considerable amount of new material has been added. […]
“President Emmanuel Macron made a scene in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday when he angrily told Israeli security officers to get out of the Church of Saint Anne, which is traditionally under France’s control: “Everybody knows the rules. I don’t like what you did in front of me,” Macron ordered. “Go out – outside!” Abunimah […]
While celebrating the Republic Day, a public lecture on the topic of ‘Citizenship’ (which now has become a contentious issue after the passing of the CAA, and which has also triggered massive protests at the nation-wide,) was organized by a group of students and activists, teachers (mainly associated with JNU, DU and Jamia) under the […]
On hearing the door bell ringing, Mr. Krishna Murthy got up from his reclining chair and walked to the front door with difficulty. He was experiencing cramps in both his legs for the last fortnight. On opening the door, he found two government officials with files and registers in hand and two policemen. The other […]
“ I do not support any political party “ I declared in front of my group of friends last week, all the while trying to make them see sense. Pat came the reply, “ so you are supporting congress. Or worst you support Anti national Kanhaiya kumar. You are an anti national .” “ What […]
Hail you ruler! In my country,in my land, Alms were distributed to us as beggars received, Food,clothes,livelihood and the most desired freedom, You rewarded us with very little on which we may just survive, Here mosques full of dust and nobody enters in namaz, our land was a tulip bed, you deliberately turned into debris!! […]
As we approach the 72nd anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on 30 January 1948, it is worth reflecting on one simple fact that he did not realize. His efforts to teach humanity that conflict, including violent conflict, could be resolved without violence were based on one fundamentally flawed assumption: that at least […]
West Bengal became the fourth opposition-ruled state to pass a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in its assembly, after Kerala, Punjab and Rajasthan. The resolution, moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee was passed unanimously by the House, with Congress and Left members, along with those of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), supporting […]
Nach Eingang der Nachricht, dass Lawan Andimi, Leiter der Kirche der Brüder, am 20. Januar von der Terrorbewegung Boko Haram hingerichtet worden war, verurteilte der Generalsekretär des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen, Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, die brutale Gewalttat und drückte Pastor Andimis Familie, Gemeinschaft und Kirche sein Beileid aus.
Die Auftaktveranstaltung des Fastenzeit-Kampagne „Sieben Wochen im Zeichen des Wassers“ fand am 21. Januar in Suva, Fidschi mit dem Thema „Ein Pilgerweg der Wassergerechtigkeit in der Pazifik-Region“ statt. 2020 hat der Pilgerweg der Gerechtigkeit und des Friedens des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK) einen regionalen Schwerpunkt in der Pazifik-Region.
In einem Kondolenzschreiben an Omani Sultan Haitham bin Tarik al Said sprach Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, der Generalsekretär des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen, sein Mitgefühl aus und bedauerte den Tod Sultan Quabus, der den Oman ein halbes Jahrhundert lang regiert hat.
Junge afrikanische Geistliche, Theologinnen und Theologen sowie Laien sind bereit, die herausfordernden Problem ihres Kontinents und der Welt in Angriff zu nehmen. Dies ging aus einem kürzlich vom Ökumenischen Rat der Kirchen (ÖRK) in Partnerschaft mit der Gesamtafrikanischen Kirchenkonferenz (AACC) durchgeführten Aufsatzwettbewerb für Autorinnen und Autoren unter 35 Jahren hervor.
Jürgen Moltmann sah erstaunt aus, als er seinen Namen auf der Liste der Mitwirkenden las. Während eines Abendessens, das vor kurzem im Ökumenischen Institut in Bossey stattfand, überraschte ihn mein Kollege Stephen Brown, der Herausgeber der Zeitschrift The Ecumenical Review, mit einer 50 Jahre alten Broschüre.
Ein paar Tage mit leichtem Regen bedeuteten für die Menschen, die die Buschfeuer im Südosten Australiens bekämpfen, eine kurze Atempause. Feuerwehrleute, die Bevölkerung und andere Einsatzkräfte nutzten diese Unterbrechung, um sich gegen die nächste Feuerwalze in Stellung zu bringen.
In einem Pastoralschreiben an die Kirchen in Australien hat der Generalsekretär des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen, Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, betont, dass die verheerenden Buschbrände in vielen Teilen Australiens den Horizont zu einem Zeitpunkt verdunkeln, an dem große Teile der Welt in Feierstimmung sind.
Palestine Update 329 Comments Where do you stand on Palestine? In today’s edition of Palestine Updates, we pose this question to readers via a powerful poem by Rev. Stephen Brackens Brinkley is a San Diego-based advocate and human rights activist for unarmed civilians living under armed conflict. That is followed by visible art – Posters […]
Palestine Update 328 Comments Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable The hypocritical comfort with which the international community bypasses responsibility over Israel illegalities in Palestinian territories is increasingly appalling. Is the option of the collective conscience taking precedence in public matters being ruled out once and for all? Or, is everyone waiting for the […]
Palestine Update 327 News snippets What follows is a collection of articles that once more show how tough the occupation is and what hardship means for Palestinians as they seek their liberation. Worst of all, there is an international community that does not seem to really care to act in line with their responsibilities. Please […]
Palestine Update 326 Comment Of land, laws, and boycotts Often times, a map is a mere sheet of paper that shows one where a certain location can be identified. It is meant to be a helpful aid to find one’s way around. But when maps are sprayed with deceptive politics, its time to be agile […]
Palestine Update 325 Comment Palestinians in Israeli prisons “The Israeli security wants to leave a mark on the psyche of those it detains: resistance has a price, and it is hefty,” Qadura Faris, head of the Prisoner Society. 95 percent of Palestinian prisoners in Israel experience ill-treatment or torture during their detention and interrogation. Palestinians […]
Palestine Update 324 BDS undermines Israel’s liberal and democratic image in the world More than the achievements of the economic, academic and cultural boycott, BDS has succeeded in undermining the greatest asset of Israeli public diplomacy: Israel’s liberal and democratic image in the world…Credit, of course, goes to the Israeli government, which in declaring war […]
Palestine Update 323 Israel is systematically poisoning one million Palestinian children By Robert Inlakesh* Palestinian medical workers tend to wounded children,members of a family where six were killed in an Israeliairstrike in central Gaza Strip on November 14, 2019.(Photo by AFP) We have now entered 2020, the year in which experts at the United Nations […]
Israel is trying to keep Gaza ‘quiet’ by applying new calculations to make life survivable — without allowing the people to truly live. View of a destroyed house after Israeli air strikes targeted a nearby Hamas site on Monday, in Gaza City, on March 26, 2019. (Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90) While revelers around the […]
Palestine Update 322 Comment Challenging EU’s complicity in the Israel occupation In the current context of the Israeli colonization of Palestinian lands, the EU has neither demonstrated political vision nor the courage to challenge Israel’s disgusting and abrasive colonial policies. Palestine Updates has held firmly to the view that the EU is complicit in Israel’s occupation […]
Palestine Update 321 Comment A New Year assertion- We will not be silent It will be 15 years since the launch of BDS whose “strategic threat” is not to Israel’s economy, but rather, to its image. As we begin a New Year, the relentless growth of BDS is promise that Israel can never hope to […]
(1). Statement Condemning the Police Firing against Farmers in Kidapawan, Mindanao in the Philippines (2). GS Keynote Address In Search of a New Vision for Christian Mission in Asia_March 2016 (3). GS Letter to Suicide bomb attack against innocent people in Pakistan (29 March 2016) (4). Report of the CCA General-Secretary-18 July 2016(5). Statement on […]
Sudhir Adhikari, a prominent ecumenical leader in Bangladesh passed away this morning (21 September) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Born in Barisal, Bangladesh in a traditional Baptist Christian family, Sudhir Adhikari was a scientist by profession and worked with the government of Pakistan and Bangladesh for several years. As a devoted lay member of the Bangladesh Baptist […]