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A Letter To Girls Joining ISIS

A Letter To Young Muslim Girls Joining ISIS Dear Sister, You won’t know me but like you I too am British and Muslim. Some of your friends may have gone out to join ISIS and you are also considering going out too. Social media is awash with accounts of how life is wonderful under ISIS; […]

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Mayerly & The Children’s Peace Club

“During the past 20 years or so, Colombia has been synonymous with violence. For many of us, it has seemed a hopeless place dominated by drug traffickers, right-wing paramilitary groups and corrupt politicians. Add U.S. support with a lot of weaponry and you have the makings of a tragic mess. A biblical prophet spoke of […]

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Praying With A Terrorist

Malik Neal January 8, 2015 – 6:01pm It was June 27, a Friday, and the sun was disappearing slowly into the clouds over Sri Lanka’s Jaffna Peninsula. A pile of trash smoldered on the dirt road, and as the heat of the day faded, a warm breeze carried the stench through the window of the […]

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The Religious Coalition Of Love

Resisting ISIS! Beyond Secularism and Religious Fanaticism NOVEMBER 13, 2014 / MARTIN ACCAD by Martin Accad The Middle East is in turmoil! That’s a bit of an understatement. Are you feeling frustrated and helpless about it? This has been an ongoing feeling for me since ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) hit the […]

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Christian Leaders Round Australia Seek Release Of Kids In Detention

We will continue asking to release kids in detention December 11 2014, ‪ #‎LoveMakesAWay‬ movement holds national day of action in MPs’ offices calling for ALL detained children to be released into the community – 53 Christian leaders arrested or forcibly removed from MP offices – Perth leaders – including a mother who was praying with her […]

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The Man Who Organised Boats For Refugees And Saved More Than A Quarter Of A Million Lives

Dave Andrews Asa Jennings was born in Upstate New York. USA on September 20, 1877. Very little is known about Asa’s childhood. And, according to Giles Milton, Asa grew up to be a very unremarkable adult. Giles said Asa was a ‘shy individual, five feet tall and diminutive of build, he wore large glasses and […]

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Christians Mediate Between Muslims.

Just because people belong to the same faith doesn’t always mean they will get on well. Differences can emerge even between brothers who worship together. Ramjan Miya and Adbul Gaffar Shah, of Pathardiaya in Kapilvastu, fell out over the location of a new mosque for their Muslim community. Ten years ago, the community decided to […]

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Doing Ordinary Things With Extraordinary Love

The mental health industry is a big and complex beast. Amid the high-tech, neurological, genetic and pharmaceutical landscape it is easy for religious communities to feel nervous and disempowered. “What could we possibly have to offer that might bring healing in the midst of such prohibitively high-tech approaches to mental health care?” Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, provides […]

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Nobel Moment Of Human Solidarity

History pits them against each other, but a fiery passion united this year’s interfaith Nobel Peace Prize winners around the common goal of children’s rights. Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi — a Muslim education activist from Pakistan and a Hindu child slavery abolitionist from India — are joint recipients of the 113-year-old honor, the Norwegian […]

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James Foley’s Parent’s Son

By Janet Allon The Grace Shown by James Foley’s Parents Is Unfathomable to Me. No anger, resentment, nor calls for revenge. They’re not even mad at him for going back to Syria. I got mad at my son for cutting his finger the other day. He had accidentally broken the lightbulb in a lamp he […]

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People Power Frees Trapped Man

Commuters tilt train to free man whose leg was trapped between platform and carriage AFP | Aug 6, 2014, 03.54 PM IST PERTH, AUSTRALIA: Dozens of Australians tilted a train on Wednesday to free a commuter whose leg was trapped between a carriage and a platform, with authorities praising their efforts as an example of “people power”. […]

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Bereaved – ‘End Bloodshed In Gaza’

“As a father who lost his children in Gaza, I call for an end to this bloodshed” Palestinians and Israelis must work together to build a new generation that believes in humanity and freedom Izzeldin Abuelais theguardian.com, Friday 18 July 2014 22.29 AEST Insanity, as Einstein said, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting […]

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