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August 29, 2013

50 Years Later and Half a World Away: Dr. King’s Dream Lives On!

50 years ago this week, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his now iconic “I Have a Dream” speech on the footsteps the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Though incomplete, the tireless work of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement radically altered the fabric of American society. Yet […]
August 15, 2013

Faith & Politics: The Reign of God in Christianity and Islam (Part 2)

Previously (in Part 1), I began to make the case that both Islam and Christianity offer deeply political visions for state and society, albeit in unique ways. I also made the claim that this has important implications for interfaith cooperation and Christ-centered witness. Essentially, I hope to show that the […]
August 2, 2013

Faith & Politics: The Reign of God in Christianity and Islam (Part 1)

By Jesse Wheeler “Among the many characterizations and sweeping generalizations which flourish in the realm of the study of the relationship between Islam and Christianity, one of the most persistent is the statement that goes something like this: Christianity is not essentially concerned with earthly matters like politics and the […]
July 18, 2013

Trafficking of Migrant Domestic Workers: A Tale of Two Cities

By Arthur Brown Trafficking in persons, or human trafficking, is the second most lucrative illegal trade in the world today. It was also one of the four main themes IMES addressed at our recent Middle East Conference, 17 -21 June 2013, exploring the issue of human rights from both Biblical and […]
July 11, 2013

Egypt (Part 1): Light at the End of the Tunnel

The situation in Egypt is complex and rapidly evolving. Division is rife and the stakes for the region and beyond are extremely high. Opinion is also split on the rights and wrongs of the recent deposing of President Mursi and the methods taken. As such, IMES features two very interesting and […]
June 21, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 5 + Audience Responses

Welcome to Day 5! ________________________________________________________________ 19) Building Social Cohesion in a Pluralistic Society: Religious and Philosophical Approaches to Human Rights [10:00 – 11:30m] Session purpose: To explore the manner in which varying dimensions of ‘human rights’ and ‘social responsibility’ may be understood within the various contexts of the MENA region, […]
June 21, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 4 – Audience Responses

16) Islamization of Society & Human Rights For All – Is It Possible? [12:30 – 1:30pm] A critical issue being faced in North Africa and the Middle East is the Islamization of Society and how that affects human rights for all, and particularly minorities.  A Thursday AM session included a discussion […]
June 20, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 4

Welcome to Day 4! ________________________________________________________________ 15) How Should the Church Respond to the Arab Uprisings: Challenges & Opportunities within the Emerging MENA Region [10:00 – 11:30am] Session Purpose: To gain deeper insight into the realities facing the MENA church in light of the Arab Uprisings, considering the range of possible […]