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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 […]
June 20, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 3 – Audience Reflections

10) Religious Rights & Freedoms within the Baptist Tradition: Principles & Practice [10:00 – 11:30am] Our third day of the MEC began with an excellent session from Paul Fiddes illuminating the rich Baptist tradition of advocating for religious rights and freedoms.  Starting with Thomas Helwys, who wrote in the early 17th […]
June 19, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 3

Welcome to day 3! ________________________________________________________________ 10) Religious Rights & Freedoms within the Baptist Tradition: Principles & Practice [10:00 – 11:30am] Session Purpose: To gain an appreciation for the manner in which ‘religious freedom’ has been understood from within the Baptists tradition, looking at its theological, biblical and historical development and its […]
June 18, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 2

IMES’ Middle East Conference (MEC) 2013, “Your Rights & My Responsibilities: Biblical and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights” has thus far proven to be a very illuminating, yet at times a challenging conference. Please return for session updates and audience reflections related to Day 2. ________________________________________________________________ 6) Religion, Identity and […]
June 18, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 1 – Audience Reflections

2) Theological & Biblical Foundations for Human Rights Based Approaches [12:00 – 1:30pm] This morning, Dr. Paul Fiddes provided a theological and biblical basis for human rights. He began by demonstrating that human rights are not merely a construct of Western individualism but rather they are reciprocal events embedded within social […]
June 17, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 1

This morning, IMES’ Middle East Conference (MEC) 2013, “Your Rights & My Responsibilities: Biblical and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights” kicks off and promises to be a very illuminating, if at times very challenging conference. For a brief overview of the conference, conference themes and program of events, please follow […]