The Colombian government, with the help of the United States, has been 'fumigating' the communities that Christian Peacemaker Teams accompanies in the Magdalena Medio region, says Chris Knestrick. It must stop.
Our need to get out there and demonstrate against a corrupted world, says Brian Draper, needs to translate into a set of positive commitments and actions that speak for what we are for as well as what we are against.
The Put People First demonstration in London on 28 March, ahead of the G20 meeting was a showcase of political, environmental and economic idealism, says Hannah Kowszun. But are such marches mirroring too much of what they decry?
If Quantitative Easing is re-evaluating the balance of money in our economy, Qualitative Easing seems more naturally to indicate a re-evaluation of the balance of time, says Asa Humpheys. An expansion of volunteering is one way to make this a reality.
The work of reparations does not stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma or in Northern Ireland, says Deirdre Good. When we bring our troops home out of Iraq and Afghanistan, what process of reparations will we engage? And can people in power ever take such steps if the rest of us do not lead the way?
It is possible to create an alternative discourse on Muslim approaches to free speech, by re-reading aspects of Islamic teachings, says Dilwar Hussain, responding to issues raised by the Convention on Modern Liberty.
If we are to have publicly funded faith schools, then they must serve the whole community, says Anglican vicar Jeremy Chadd. They mustn’t exist to prop up one community, nor to offer escape routes from a more diverse real world to those who already have all the advantages in life.
The think-tanks Ekklesia and the Centre for Welfare Reform have sent and published an open letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, from Catholics and people brought up in the Catholic faith who support its teaching on social justice and who are deeply critical of the government’s treatment of vulnerable and disabled people.
Today (13 March 2015) 26 senior figures from various faith groups published a letter in The Times newspaper calling on the UK government to join with others “to develop a robust plan of action that will lead us to a world free of nuclear weapons”. Steve Hucklesby, Policy Adviser for the Joint Public Issues Team of the Free Churches, provides the background to this initiative.