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The invisible face of war and conflict

The invisible face of war and conflict

Thirteen tables groups each worked on the profile of a refugee at a gathering I was recently attending. Only two of those thirteen groups profiled a woman. This does not…

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Hearing the voice of the other

Hearing the voice of the other

In her essay, ‘Can the Subaltern Speak’, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak argues that interventions under colonial rule, such as the abolition of the Hindu rite of sati, is a case of…

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The Hospitality of God in the context of faith conversations: the Prophets Stories

The Hospitality of God in the context of faith conversations: the Prophets Stories

"We must go on being profoundly and deeply hospitable...we mustn't turn against people because of their faith…” Justin Welby, Arch Bishop of Canterbury, following a third terrorist attack in the…

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Reconciliation, restitution and community in honour-shame

Reconciliation, restitution and community in honour-shame

I remember it well. A particular work situation in the Middle East had not ended well. As time and distance did their job of healing and reflective learning, there seemed…

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Women, Suffering, and the Messiah’s birth

Women, Suffering, and the Messiah’s birth

A few weeks ago I was with a Syrian family who had migrated to the west, an older woman with her daughter and son-in-law, and their small children. Like most…

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