April 19, 2018

Into the Depths إلى العمق

By Chaden Hani Lately, I have come to understand the way members of other religions often appreciate the Christian narrative here in Lebanon. What I came to perceive was a sense of jealousy regarding it, a feeling of protection and even reverence concerning the true value of the Biblical story. […]
April 12, 2018

The Choice Is Yours! Promoting Healthy Leadership that Contributes to the Common Good الخيار لك! تعزيز القيادة الفاضلة التي تساهم في الخير العام

By Martin Accad Let me start with a confession: At 45 years old, I have never voted in the Lebanese General Elections! As a child of the Lebanese Civil War, I developed a cynical attitude to the possibility that change will come through the current political process. Why would I […]
March 29, 2018

Peacebuilding Through Music: A Language that has the Potential to Assuage Bitterness and Grief and Open Up Hardened Hearts بناء السلام من خلال الموسيقى: لغة لديها القدرة أن تسكّن المرارة والحزن، وتفتح القلوب القاسية

By Raffi Chilingirian “What you played inside was so beautiful,” an elder in my church told me, making sure that I heard his assuring words before my departure. I’ve been playing the Armenian Duduk, an ancient instrument found by various names in the Caucasus, during prayer sessions within my church’s Sunday services. […]
March 15, 2018

Reflections from a Social Psychologist تأملات من وجهة نظر علم النفس الاجتماعي

(Photo: Murr Tower, used by militia fighters from various factions during the Lebanese Civil War) by Thia M. Sagherian-Dickey “Why are you asking us Christians about Shias? We don’t have a problem with them. The tensions are between Sunnis and Shias. You should be asking them such questions.” I was […]
February 8, 2018

When the Lights go Down in the City: A Reflection on the Season’s Passing عندما تخفت الأضواء في المدينة فهذا انعكاس لانصرام موسم في حياتها

By Chaden Hani It was an abiding sense of desperation, frustration and repression which led Lebanese journalist and professor of history Samir Kassir to speak in 2004 of the “Arab malaise.” For as long as I can remember we have barely had a moment of our history lacking in conflict […]
January 18, 2018

Calling for Prophetic Passion الدعوة إلى شغف نبوي

By Robert Hamd Today, the younger generations of Christians are asking the difficult questions, such as why injustice persists. They are passionate about a convergence of the words of scripture and real-life practice. For example, they read passages from Isaiah that challenge us to “learn to do good; seek justice, […]
November 30, 2017

The Sufferari: Rethinking Humanitarian Tourism السفاري إلى أرض المعاناة: إعادة النظر في السياحة الإنسانية

By Brent Hamoud Landscapes throughout the MENA region have been transformed by unfolding crises of forced migration. This is especially the case in Lebanon. An estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees reside within its borders adding layers of dimension to long-existing populations of displacement.[i] Many Syrian refugees reside in informal tented settlements. […]
November 23, 2017

Guns, Israel, Justice and the United Nations: How My Context Shapes My Writing الأسلحة، وإسرائيل، والعدالة، والأمم المتحدة: سياقي وأثره في كتابتي

By Wissam al-Saliby I am grateful for several recent conversations with American pastor friends, during which we spoke about writing from and on the Middle East, trans-Atlantic (mis)perceptions and political fault lines. One of these friends, who leans toward political conservativism, told me that when reading my posts on the […]