Entries by Mike Ward

Pilot that negatively depicted Muslims cancelled: Top 5 news stories

ABC Family Cancels Alice in Arabia Pilot • Saudi’s Lonely, Costly Bid for Sunni-Shiite Equality • Indonesia’s fatwa shows religious duty can be a route to sustainable behaviour • Arena’s Meditation Room Raises Its Own Existential Questions • H&M Pulls Offensive Star Of David Shirt Off The Shelves Last week’s top news, from our perspective: ABC Family Cancels […]

Building peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Last month Peacemaker Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda met with rebels fighting in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was part of a mission created at the DRC’s request for the purpose of encouraging the members of the Mai Mai and Kata Katanga militia groups to stop destroying villages and displacing […]

Myanmar Muslims face brutality: Top 5 news stories

For Myanmar Muslim Minority, No Escape From Brutality • Crisis stirs old fears for Ukraine’s Jews • The Woman Who Saved Syria’s Jews • Denominations Downsizing and Selling Assets in More Secular Era • Muslim Couple Sue Empire State Building Over Discrimination Last week’s top news, from our perspective: For Myanmar Muslim Minority, No Escape […]

Feminism in faith – revolutionizing religion: Top 5 news stories

Feminism In Faith: Four Women Who Are Revolutionizing Organized Religion • Behind the numbers: Religious ‘nones’ may not be who you think they are • For Hateful Comic in France, Muzzle Becomes a Megaphone • Anti-Muslim speakers still popular in law enforcement training • Worldwide, Many See Belief in God as Essential to Morality Last week’s […]

Millennials say religious groups alienating youth: Top 5 news stories

Poll: 70 Percent Of US Millennials Say Religious Groups ‘Alienating’ Youth • Protesters denounce the Dalai Lama as a ‘dictator’ • Muslim-American man wins nearly $1.2 million in job discrimination case • EEOC details employer rules as religious worker complaints rise • Religious liberty vs. civil rights: A balancing act   Last week’s top news, […]

Part II: Peacemakers preparing for a stable Syria

On Saturday March 1st, Peacemaker Friar Ivo Markovic returned to Bosnia from a week of trainings in Jordan. Like fellow Peacemaker Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Ivo spent the week working with Hind Kabawat, Tanenbaum’s Peacemaker in Action from Syria, to train a new generation of Syrian peace activists dedicated to rebuilding civil society in a post-war Syria. […]

Muslims find safety among Christians in C. African Republic: Top 5 news stories

Muslims seek refuge in C. African Republic church • Kansas, Arizona bills reflect national fight over gay rights vs. religious liberty • Police arrest man for threatening to stab two Muslim teens • Alcoholics Anonymous, Without the Religion • Judge rejects California city’s religious war memorial Last week’s top news, from our perspective:     […]

Judge throws out NYPD spying suit: Top 5 news stories

NJ judge throws out NYPD spying lawsuit • God knows, scientists are more religious than you think • Should schools close for Eid holidays? Muslims are divided • In Virginia House of Delegates, a push for inclusive prayers • Celebrating The Diverse Spirituality And Religion Of African-Americans Last week’s top news, from our perspective: NJ judge throws out […]

Peacemakers preparing for a stable Syria

Last month in Amman, Jordan, Peacemakers Hind Kabawat of Syria and Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge of South Africa delivered a series of trainings to a new generation of Syrian activists dedicated to rebuilding civil society in a post-war Syria. Though Syria is anything but peaceful now, the activists are preparing themselves by learning from the firsthand experiences […]

New Film from the Imam and the Pastor

These days I'm surprised if someone working in my field hasn't seen the film The Imam and the Pastor. So fans like me say it's about time we have a sequel. An African Answer is more than that, but take Kofi Annan's word for it: " Peace needs to be deepened. There are no permanent angels […]