July 18, 2014

A Plea to My Christian, Muslim and Jewish Friends

By Martin Accad Israeli assault on Gaza. IS(IS) assault on everybody. US assault on Iraq, still vivid in everyone’s memory. Self-proclaimed Muslims attacking the NY twin-towers. Self-proclaimed Jews burning alive a young Palestinian teenager. Self-proclaimed Christians promoting the apocalyptic heresy of “Christian Zionism” to justify the ethnic cleansing of the […]
July 3, 2014

Tearing Down Walls to Build up Bridges

By Sara Obeid Loose-fitting Mottos I have often found it difficult to reconcile the seeming (yet ultimately superficial) contradiction between interfaith work and personal religious conviction. On the one hand, I have always held to such noble mottos as “tolerance,” “celebrate difference,” “openness,” and “Christ-like love.” On the other hand, […]
October 11, 2013

The MRel in MENA Studies Enters its Second Year!

IMES’s Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel in MENA Studies) program enters its second year this month with the launch of the MENA Cultures Module on October 14, 2013. Within this module students from as far away as Brazil, the UK, Egypt, Australia, the US, the Netherlands and […]
October 8, 2013

“Human Rights Thwart Terrorism”: IMES Director Featured Speaker at Just Peacemaking Initiative Conference in Pasadena, California

IMES Director Dr. Martin Accad is a featured speaker this week at two events in Pasadena, California: 1) “Human Right’s Thwart Terrorism”: Just Peacemaking Initiative Conference Travis Auditorium, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA Online at Livestream 7pm PDT daily (5am Beirut, GMT+ 3) October 7-11, 2013 This year’s Just Peacemaking Initiative (JPI) […]
September 11, 2013

Remembering Rightly: A 911 Reflection from the American at IMES

As the American at IMES, I feel compelled to share with you the following prayer: Remembering once again the lives lost in the sick tragedy of 12 years ago today, my prayers are with all of the friends and families still suffering from the loss of their loved ones. Yet, […]
September 5, 2013

The Syrian Homeless: Reflections of an Aleppine Pastor

Our post this week is the translation of an Arabic news email, containing pastor Mounir al-Ajji of Aleppo’s reflections on the situation of Syrian displaced persons in Syria and Lebanon. Nothing expresses better the tragedy and distress that has beset our dear Syrian brothers and sisters than such a poignant […]
August 8, 2013

Is there a limit to hospitality?

by Rupen Das The Lebanese Interior Minister stated last week that at the current rate of Syrian refugees crossing the border into Lebanon, by the end of the year Lebanon would be host to 2 million Syrian refugees. The latest UN statistics indicate that close to 700,000 refugees have officially […]
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 […]