Columns on Politics

How Your Church Can Support Peace for Israel, Palestine | Leroy Seat, Peacemaking, World Council of Churches, World Week for Peace, Israel, Palestine, Gaza
How Your Church Can Support Peace for Israel, Palestine
By: Leroy Seat
As part of the International Day of Prayer and Peace on Sept. 21, churches and people of faith are being encouraged to support a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians. Will your church join? Read More ...
Leroy Seat

4 Ways to Keep Your Political Speech Civil | Taylor Sandlin, Civility, Civil Discourse
4 Ways to Keep Your Political Speech Civil
By: Taylor Sandlin
The problems our country and this world face are multifaceted. We need healthy discussion about solutions. For this to happen, the focus of our conversations must be on policies and not people. Read More ...
Taylor Sandlin

Mideast Conflict: Would Moderates Please Step Forward? | William L. Sachs, Imad Damaj, Joshua Ralston, ISIS, Middle East
Mideast Conflict: Would Moderates Please Step Forward?
By: William L. Sachs, Imad Damaj and Joshua Ralston
The new divide between moderates and extremists raises familiar and nagging questions: What can the moderate majority in every religion do to combat extremism? When and how will moderates stand up? Read More ...
William L. Sachs, Imad Damaj and Joshua Ralston

As Elections Near, Beware Dog-Whistle Politics | Colin Harris, Dog Whistle, Political Advertising
As Elections Near, Beware Dog-Whistle Politics
By: Colin Harris
Politicians who want to avoid sounding extreme often use coded messages to appeal to prejudice and fear. In recent years, people of faith have been the target of these dog-whistle appeals. Read More ...
Colin Harris

Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence | Vinoth Ramachandra, Gaza, Israel, Palestine
Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
If the U.S. and its European allies can't be pressured to defend Palestinian civilians, to whom should we turn? Some churches have divested from Western businesses that supply Israel's military machine. Read More ...
Vinoth Ramachandra

The Great War—A Tragedy Supported by Many Churches | Leroy Seat, World War I
The Great War—A Tragedy Supported by Many Churches
By: Leroy Seat
Many Christians supported World War I, which began 100 years ago today, finding it easy to use "fundamental tenets of the faith as warrants to justify war and mass destruction," a new book says. Read More ...
Leroy Seat

When the Syrian Refugee Crisis Becomes Personal | Arthur Brown, IMES Lebanon, Refugees, Compassion, Reconciliation, Human Rights, Lebanon, Syria
When the Syrian Refugee Crisis Becomes Personal
By: Arthur Brown
Three Syrians become refugees every minute. Eight Syrian children flee their homes every two minutes. The cold statistics may not move us, but a smartphone alert changed all of that. Read More ...
Arthur Brown

ISIS: Storm in a Teacup or Real Threat? | Ayman Ibrahim, ISIS, Iraq, Syria
ISIS: Storm in a Teacup or Real Threat?
By: Ayman Ibrahim
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, wants to restore the earliest days of Islam by re-establishing Islamic rule. Underestimating the Sunni Muslim extremist and militant group is not wise. Read More ...
Ayman Ibrahim

Does Microfinance Industry Need a Reality Check? | Hugh Sinclair, Microfinance
Does Microfinance Industry Need a Reality Check?
By: Hugh Sinclair
Some microfinance is good, effective and ethical, but the argument over whether microfinance works or not is a red herring. The key question is whether this is the wisest use of scarce capital. Read More ...
Hugh Sinclair

Syrian Refugee Families Facing Brutal Winter | Suzie Schenkel, Syria, Lebanon, Refugees, Humanitarian Aid, Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development
Syrian Refugee Families Facing Brutal Winter
By: Suzie Schenkel
Syrian refugee families face another season of relentless rain and freezing temps. The Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development is providing blankets, mattresses and stoves to help. Read More ...
Suzie Schenkel