As U.S. President Donald Trump met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and its diaconical arm Finn Church Aid sent him a strong message of peace from a building near the presidential meeting place.
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte seems to fashion himself as the Asian echo of U.S. President Donald Trump with his fury often directed at the Catholic clergy in his country. The Philippine president had recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid and courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign […]
After the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a declaration saying that the long-standing war between the two countries is over, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit hailed the agreement as opening a new door for peace in the region.
In the Episcopal Church, the language of prayer matters and the Book of Common Prayer, the text used in every Episcopal congregation, is cherished as a core element of Episcopal identity. And this week, the church is debating whether to overhaul that prayer book -- in large part to make clear that God doesn't have […]
Hamamatsu will hold the praise festival "Rock Festival 2018" on August 14, 2018. In addition to being able to experience a powerful stage by about 20 worship teams and Christian artists from all over the country.
The Lutheran World Federation and Islamic Relief Worldwide are to publish guidance aimed at helping humanitarian agencies to do more to attune the work they do to the faith and background of people affected by conflict, disaster and displacement.
A two-day historic meeting involving church leaders from both the North and South of the Korean Peninsula has ended in Geneva with the Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula (EFK) issuing a call to "Seek Peace and Pursue It."
More than a dozen working-class protesters have been shot and killed by police, Special Forces and pro-government militias across south and central Iraq over the past week, amid a widening popular upsurge against the US-backed government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The driving force of this movement is anger that seven years after the official […]
The failure on the part of establishment media to defend Julian Assange, who has been trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, has been denied communication with the outside world since March and appears to be facing imminent expulsion and arrest, is astonishing. The extradition of the publisher—the maniacal goal of the U.S. government—would set […]
This is a condensed and modified version of a paper of mine that appeared on “The Journal of Population and Sustainability” this year. The image above is the well known “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” by Albrecht Durer – 1498. Yes, I know it is catastrophistic, but it is not my fault if biological […]
Text Andre Vltchek and Rossie Indira, Photos: Andre Vltchek This time it was really supposed to work! The turbo-capitalist, anti-Communist and obedient Indonesia got so used to hearing bizarrely inflated compliments from its Western handlers, that it began to believe that it finally could do it – to build at least one dignified, livable urban […]
Eminent social activist Swami Agnivesh was assaulted by BJP’s youth wing workers in Jharkhand’s Pakur area today. The video of the assault that took place in broad daylight has gone viral. Agnivesh was there to attend an event in a hotel. The moment he came out of the hotel, he was attacked. The assaulters were […]
This is an important book. It’s important because it asks questions that rarely if ever get asked, and it tries to provide coherent answers to them. However, whether you agree or not with Michael Albert’s answers, engaging with this book will help each of us further think out what we want to see in the […]
The first official meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Donald Trump was a fairly casual, unpeopled affair, absent bureaucrats and note takers. This was what both wanted in Helsinki, men who believe in the gold weighting authority commands. According to Masha Gissen of The New Yorker, their meeting reflected “their shared understanding […]
It should come as no surprise to me, but it does, that after decades of studying the thinking of the ancient Greeks, I have begun to think like them. In saying this I am not merely speaking of their philosophy but also in reference to their religious beliefs, which, no less than their philosophy, set […]
In the July 16th joint press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the question arose of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials for allegedly having engineered the theft of computer files from the Democratic National Committee and from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. […]
The 2018 World Cup delivered on all the promises and allayed all the suspicions and jeremiad predictions. It had a gamut of ineffaceable moments, vocabulary of emotions, kaleidoscope of iconic goals and unforgettable controversies. More often than the football fan would want, World Cups can be deceptively monolithic in terms of crippling nerves, attritional play, […]
Under the title “Pentecostal Mission Theology,” the latest issue of the World Council of Churches’ journal International Review of Mission offers contributions from Pentecostal perspectives on mission in various contexts.
As USA president Donald Trump met with Russian president Vladimir Putin on 16 July in Helsinki, Finland, they were sent a prominent message of peace from Finn Church Aid (FCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF).
Originally, they were made of pieces of broken glass from the rubble an Israeli tank left behind it when it slammed into the giftshop at the International Centre of Bethlehem (ICB) in 2002. Today the glass angels of peace are made of used bottles and have emerged into a small business enterprise employing around 50 […]
As reports unfolded on 12 July of Israel announcing the demolition of a Bedouin village within days despite a temporary injunction, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned the plans for demolition, saying it violates human rights, particularly those of vulnerable children, who live in Khan al-Ahmar.
The Church of England has voted to pull investments in its $8 billion fund from firms not on track to meet the provisions of the Paris Agreement on climate change by 2023. Members of the General Synod rejected a proposal to bring forward the deadline from 2023 to 2020.
Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity (YATRA) began at the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre, Hong Kong on 7 July. Drawing young women and men from across the World Council of Churches (WCC) fellowship in Asia as well as theological institutions, the focus of this year’s YATRA is ‘Passionately Christian and Compassionately Interreligious’.
Some 6-7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are reviewed every year through a United Nations (UN) mechanism called the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). The 2018 HLPF is taking place at the UN headquarters in New York, 9-18 July.
Entitled “Sharing faith, nurturing hope”, the WCC Annual Review 2017 is now available in four languages: English, French, German and Spanish. The annual review of the WCC records many of the activities undertaken by the council during 2017 and continuing into 2018.
The signing of the National Covenanting Document in Australia in 2004 was a significant ecumenical milestone. Ray Williamson Oam traces this journey towards deeper unity with its roots in the Canberra Statement of the WCC 7th Assembly.
Palestine Update 155 Opinion Israel uses legislation and judiciary to tighten occupationIn a normal society, laws are designed to serve the principal purposes and functions of establishing standards, maintaining order, resolving disputes, and protecting liberties and rights. The law is, thus, a guidepost for minimally acceptable behavior in society. Israel ducks these principles by openly […]
Palestine Update 155 The EU Must Fight the US Embassy Move to Jerusalem by Yara Hawari* When the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, it set a dangerous precedent that not only encourages Israel to continue its annexation and colonization of Palestinian land, but also invites third states to join it in […]
Palestine Update Nr. 150 – 22.6.18 Realpolitik gegen Trump’s „Apprentice“ Meinung Wenn Donald Trump geglaubt hat, dass man mit dem Mittleren Osten so einfach umgehen könne, wie es sein TV „Der Lehrling“ zeigt, hat er wahrscheinlich inzwischen wahrgenommen, dass ungestüme politische Entscheidungen sich nicht mit sensibler Diplomatie vertragen. Seine Entscheidung über Jerusalem hat nahe an […]
Palestine Update 154 Opinion Palestine resistance designated as criminal by the Israeli colonizer Israel’s decision to freeze funds that are funneled by the PA to Palestinian prisoners is yet another example of conceited unilateralism and malice. It is true that many of the prisoners are in Israeli jails only because they have taken the path to […]
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed today alarm at the upcoming demolition of a Palestinian Bedouin community by the Israeli authorities. Some 181 people live in Khan al Ahmar-Ab and over a half is children. In addition, it is one of the 46 Palestinian communities in the central West […]
Israeli occupation forces have killed 202 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip since US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital in December 2017, the Jerusalem Centre for Studies of Palestinian and Israeli Affairs revealed. The body said 35 children and five disabled people were among […]
A recent survey shows that Israelis do not believe that a proposal by US President Donald Trump will be successful in achieving a goal of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The survey conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University shows that nearly 75 percent of Jewish and Arab Israelis believe a plan […]
Palestine Update 153 Opinion Trump’s deal is foolhardiness. It lies quashed in the cradle. The National Campaign to Thwart the Deal of the Century has launched mass protests against the agreement asserting that “Our rebellious people, who have thwarted all other suspicious projects, will end the deal of the century.” Trump has already slowed things […]
Since 1994, the Israeli regime has taken more than 650,000 diaspora (mostly North American) Jews on “birthright” trips. Providing full-funded tours through Palestine/Israel, the “birthright” program is an inherent part of Israel’s settler-colonialism and is used to indoctrinate participants in Zionist ideology. But, last week, five American Jewish women stood up against the tour’s racist, […]
European car rental giant Europcar has shut down its Israeli franchisee’s branches in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), reported American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). “After becoming a franchisee of Europcar, Israeli company Albar terminated its businesses in the occupied West Bank,” AFSC announced, adding: “Europcar thus joins other multinationals that have ended operations in illegal […]
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 […]