IMES Blog

January 26, 2017

Israel-Palestine: The Church Needs to Reclaim Judeo-Christian Values

By Wissam al-Saliby On September 11, 2016, my baby girl Nour was born. Two weeks later in Jerusalem, my Palestinian friend Hassan Karajah became a dad, too. His wife gave birth to twin baby girls, Sarai and Kenza. However, Hassan has not yet had the pleasure of holding and cuddling […]
January 19, 2017

Reflections on the Humanitarian Crisis in Syria (Part 2)

By Rupen Das This week and last week’s posts are based on a plenary presentation made at the ACCORD Annual meeting in North Carolina on Oct. 25, 2016 by Rupen Das to the 70+ Christian US relief and development member NGOs. Presented in two parts, Dr. Das previously described two observations regarding the […]
January 13, 2017

Reflections on the Humanitarian Crisis in Syria (Part 1)

By Rupen Das This post is based on a plenary presentation made at the ACCORD Annual meeting in North Carolina on Oct. 25, 2016 by Rupen Das to the 70+ Christian US relief and development member NGOs. It is presented here in two parts. I was asked to share my perspective on the […]
January 5, 2017

Middle East Consultation 2017 – Apply Today!

Click Here to Apply The Institute of Middle East Studies is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications to attend Middle East Consultation 2017 – The Church in Disorienting Times: Leading Prophetically through Adversity. Please click on the above link to apply. Disorienting Times We live in disorienting […]
December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas from a Cynic: The Paradoxes of our Annual Celebrations

By Elie Haddad I have a confession to make. I don’t like the Christmas season. But how can someone who is supposed to be a mature Christian leader not like the Christmas season? Every year at this time I find myself having to reflect on this predicament and do a […]
December 16, 2016

Kerygmatic Peacebuilding (Part 2): What Does Peace Have to do with the Gospel?

By Jesse Wheeler Note: This is a difficult week to speak of peace. With heartbreaking tragedy in Egypt and unspeakable horror unfolding in Syria just a few hours away, peace now seems more than ever like an elusive dream continually beyond reach – all while I sit here feeling helpless […]
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 […]