Looking around us today the world appears to be in turmoil. There continue to be struggles with hunger in various parts of Africa, some caused by politics and some by drought.
- The Primates’ Meeting was established in 1978 to provide space for the Primates to have ‘leisurely thought, prayer and deep consultation.’ Establishing a gathering for this purpose was brave and prophetic, recognising that time needed to be set aside for Primates to grow together in deeper ways that a surfeit of words will inhibit.
- It is always risky to comment upon a meeting that one has not attended. However, after a statement and communiqué and, perhaps more importantly, a number of primates sharing over the last few weeks their personal thoughts on the Anglican Primates Meeting in January in Canterbury, a picture is beginning to form.
- There is a great deal of music in heaven. In the book of Revelation the angels and archangels ceaselessly sing God’s praises. Many would say that music lifts them beyond themselves and transports them into heaven: music can be a sign of heaven and a means of getting there.
- World War I broke out one hundred years ago. An armistice was signed four years later. Yet WW1 continues to be fought today in contemporary conflicts which can be traced to WW1 and whose direction can be influenced by the way that WW1 is commemorated over these four years.
- Although reconciliation will take different forms in different contexts, the climate in which it is being sought needs to be the same, whatever the context. Noah Salameh is the founder of the Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (CCRR) in Bethlehem.