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Pray for the Person Who Holds the Weapon

(4) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 2:15 PM

I BROKE DOWN. I was the president of the All Africa Conference of Churches, and I was making a pastoral visit to Rwanda in 1995, just one year after the genocide. I went to Ntarama, a town where hundreds of Tutsis had fled to the church for safety and sanctuary....

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The Look of Silence: Finding our Humanity in the Face of Genocide

(12) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 9:49 AM

This article is cross-posted on

Documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer has released two courageous films in the last three years. They're courageous not only because they take on the genocide of more than one million Indonesians in 1965 and 1966, a grisly subject that has been swept under...

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Imigração: liberdade em vez de xenofobia

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 7:17 PM

Em setembro de 2012, escrevemos juntos um alerta sobre o crescimento da xenofobia, da intolerância e da política do medo (o post pode ser lido aqui: "God is not a Christian" -- Deus não é cristão). A situação piorou. A longa caminhada da África do Sul até a...

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Migrazioni. Prediligere la libertà alla xenofobia

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 5:33 AM

Nel settembre del 2012, insieme avevamo lanciato un avvertimento sulla crescita della xenofobia, dell'intolleranza e della strumentalizzazione politica della paura (è possibile andarsi a leggere quel post cliccando qui, "Dio non è un cristiano"). Da allora la situazione non ha fatto che peggiorare. Oggi il lungo cammino del...

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Migration - Choosing Freedom Over Xenophobia

(16) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 8:00 PM

In September 2012 we wrote together warning about the rise of xenophobia, intolerance and political scaremongering (the blog can be read here "God is not a Christian". The situation has become worse. South Africa's long walk to freedom is now threatened by xenophobic violence. Our universal human rights...

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The Voices of Inclusion and Peace: Missing From the Conversation?

(12) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 9:37 PM

The 20th century was the century of overwhelming force. Two World Wars were won and lost on the basis of who had the first machine guns, who had the biggest and strongest tanks, planes, and finally, who was the first to build an atomic bomb.

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Presbyterian General Assembly Biennial Meeting: My Message on Israel and Palestine

(9) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 3:22 PM

As the Presbyterian General Assembly gathers for its biennial meeting, I reach out in prayer and solidarity that the Assembly will make a strong witness for reconciliation, justice and peace. I am aware that the Assembly will consider eight overtures on the confounding and intractable conflict in Israel and Palestine,...

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New Troubles at the Gates of Virunga

(7) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 3:13 PM

Oil exploration could be devastating to Africa's most iconic national park -- and its people.

The British company SOCO International has recently begun surveying for oil in Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Africa's eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Virunga is home to a significant portion...

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Nunca é tarde demais para pedir desculpas

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 7:00 AM

As pessoas muitas vezes pensam que quando você pede desculpas demonstra fraqueza, quando na verdade é exatamente o contrário. Desculpar-se exige uma grande dose de força. Admitir que você errou demonstra coragem. A autoridade não é enfraquecida por um pedido de perdão. É intensificada.

Acreditamos fortemente que está na hora...

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The Politics of Ubuntu

(7) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 11:59 AM

In December 2013, close to 200 government leaders and representatives from across the globe came together in one place to attend Nelson Mandela's memorial. Madiba has always had an uncanny ability to bring people together, even the most unlikely of people. His hard-won struggle to embrace the power of reconciliation...

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Never Too Late to Apologize

(208) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 10:56 AM

People often think that when you apologize you are showing weakness, when, in fact, quite the opposite is true. It takes great strength to apologize. It shows courage to admit that you have been wrong. Authority is not lessened by an apology offered. It is enhanced.

We strongly believe...

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An Invitation to Forgive

(32) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 2:44 PM

As a young boy, I spent many nights watching helplessly as my father verbally and physically abused my mother. I can still recall the smell of alcohol, see the fear in my mother's eyes, and feel the hopeless despair that comes when we see people we love hurting each other...

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We Can't All Be Doctors

(31) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 3:39 PM

As a young man I had a dream to practice medicine because I wanted to save and improve lives. I was accepted into medical school, but couldn't afford tuition, so instead I decided to join the ministry. We choose our path in life based on how we want to be...

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Invitation to My Birthday Party

(10) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 6:58 PM

I'm inviting you to a party! It's actually four days of a party being thrown for my 82nd birthday and the 80th birthday of my beloved wife Leah. But we think of it as a celebration of your magnificence and the spirit of Ubuntu in you. So please join us...

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On Ending Childhood Tuberculosis

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 6:41 AM

At least 200 children die every day from tuberculosis. That amounts to about 70,000 child deaths around the globe.

I write at least because we do not really know the exact numbers. In many cases, TB hides behind other afflictions like pneumonia and malnutrition, and its symptoms can easily look...

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Nous devons sauver les enfants de Syrie

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 12:01 PM

Noor - son nom a été modifié -, femme de 22 ans en fin de grossesse, a sur le visage un air de soulagement. Deux semaines plus tôt elle est arrivée, affamée et épuisée, au camp de réfugiés de Zaatari, en Jordanie, traînant ses trois enfants dans son sillage.


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Nous devons sauver les enfants de Syrie

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Noor - son nom a été modifié -, femme de 22 ans en fin de grossesse, a sur le visage un air de soulagement. Deux semaines plus tôt elle est arrivée, affamée et épuisée, au camp de réfugiés de Zaatari, en Jordanie, traînant ses trois enfants dans son sillage.


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We Must Save the Children of Syria

(119) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 11:14 AM

Noor - not her real name - is a heavily pregnant 22 year old Syrian with an air of relief about her. Just two weeks ago she arrived, hungry and exhausted, to the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, with her three children in tow.

Hunger finally did what continuous violence...

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Chen Guangcheng: Has NYU Bowed to Pressure From China?

(75) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 1:06 PM

The news that New York University is showing the door to Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, apparently under pressure from the Chinese Communist Party, is disturbing. We will likely never know the back channel conversations that occurred or to what extent the Chinese government has pressured NYU to get...

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A Year for Human Rights in China

(65) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:39 PM

This statement is cross posted on Please go to this link to add your voice to the call.

From June 2013 to June 2014, the world will approach the 25th anniversary of China's crackdown in Tiananmen Square in 1989, when the...

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