Social Justice

March 9, 2017

Defacing the Image of God: The Children of War and Our Collective Human Failure

By Jesse Wheeler “For what purpose do we older folks exist than to care for, instruct and bring up the young?” – Martin Luther[1] The Children of War Martin Luther, the justifiably controversial father of the protestant reformation, poses the above question with regard to our collective reason for being. […]
February 23, 2017

The Church and the Banality of Evil

By Suzie Lahoud “For Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” 2 Cor.11:14 The Banality of Evil When the great political philosopher, Hannah Arendt, agreed to cover the trial of Nazi leader, Adolf Eichmann, it is doubtful that she or anyone could have predicted the shocking conclusion she was […]
February 16, 2017

The US Immigration Ban: A View from the Kingdom

By Mike Kuhn Thus the so-called outsiders are really only “insiders” who have not yet understood and apprehended themselves as such. (Karl Barth, ”The Humanity of God”) “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” (Engraved on the […]
February 2, 2017

A Wakeup Call for People of Faith in the Twenty-First Century

By Martin Accad Judging from the opening seventeen years of this new millennium, I expect the twenty-first century to be one of major social and political transition. We have entered an age where world religions are having a key role in the rise of global conflicts, and in which therefore […]
December 8, 2016

Kerygmatic Peacebuilding (Part 1): What Does Religion Have to do with Peace?

By Jesse Wheeler One reason, among many, I love working at IMES is its heartfelt commitment to peacebuilding and peace education. Yet, in the course of our work, we have often encountered opposition with regard to the task of building peace and its relevance for Christian life and service. As […]
December 1, 2016

The Changing Seasons of Politics: Coming to Terms with the Aoun-Trump Axis

By Martin Accad When the global community began to realize that the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ was growing bloody and violent with the turn of events in Syria, many journalists and political analysts – as well as the common pun-lover – began to refer to it as the ‘Arab Winter’ or […]
November 17, 2016

Middle East Consultation 2017 – The Church in Disorienting Times: Leading Prophetically through Adversity

19 – 23 June 2017 We live in disorienting times. This is a reality for the church in many parts of the world today, not least the church of the Middle East. Many factors, historical and social, have reduced the church to the status of minority, in which persecution and […]
November 10, 2016

Do We Lack the Moral Imagination? Part Two: Seeing the Other

By Suzie Lahoud  What man. . . if with a scrupulous attention he searches all the recesses of his soul, will not perceive that his virtues and vices are wholly owing to different modifications of personal interest? . . . For after all interest is always obeyed; hence the injustice […]