Bridging the Sectarian Divide: Grassroots Action In The Middle East

As we reflect upon the growing unrest and sectarian strife in the Middle East, at first glance it seems so difficult to find signs of hope. Consider, for example, the situation in Tripoli, one of Lebanon’s most divided cities, where sectarian antagonism chokes civic society and precludes the intermingling of Alewites, Sunni’s and Druze among … More Bridging the Sectarian Divide: Grassroots Action In The Middle East

Discipleship In Homs: A Story Of Courage, Faith & Love In Action

‘No-one who knew Frans van der Lugt, the Dutch Jesuit priest murdered in Syria, was surprised by his refusal to leave the besieged city of Homs. He had spent almost 50 years in Syria and had been in Homs since the siege began more than two years ago’. So writes Bethlehem-based writer Daniel Silas Adamson in … More Discipleship In Homs: A Story Of Courage, Faith & Love In Action

Explaining Reincarnation to a Christian

The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and intriguing, is hard for most Westerners, particularly those of us who subscribe to a Christian worldview, to grasp.  That’s why this educational film is so important.  ‘Unmistaken Child’ follows the four year search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away … More Explaining Reincarnation to a Christian

Rising Restrictions on Religion – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Rising Restrictions on Religion – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. This report makes for sober reading – it shows that restrictions on religious beliefs and practices rose between mid-2006 and mid-2009 in 23 of the world’s 198 countries. Because several countries with increasing restrictions on religion are very populous, however, the increases affect a … More Rising Restrictions on Religion – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

New Merton Fellowship to be Launched in Ireland…

I’ve started a new website for a new organisation – The Merton Fellowship for Peace and Contemplative Living in Ireland.  The fellowship is an informal network of individuals interested in living a life of peace and contemplation based on the example and writings of Thomas Merton, the Cistercian monk and spiritual writer.  The fellowship, which … More New Merton Fellowship to be Launched in Ireland…