Middle East

September 6, 2013

IMES Joins Worldwide Call to Prayer and Fasting for Syria

According to the Catholic News Agency, on September 1, Pope Francis called on people of all faiths and of no faith, “all people of good will,” to spend September 7 in prayer and fasting for the situation in Syria. The World Evangelical Alliance has already responded to this call. We are […]
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 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 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 […]
July 12, 2013

Egypt (Part 2): Not Everyone is Rejoicing about the Fall of Mursi

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 27, 2013

Saving Syria

By Rupen Das The Middle East Conference last week at ABTS focused on the Christian and Islamic perspectives on human rights. It not only explored the theological and scriptural foundations of each, but also the implications for the universalization of rights within a region that is undergoing seismic shifts. On […]
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 […]