News Bites

  • Gold Medal. Palestinian Christian Naim Ateek, founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, received an award from the Peace Fellowship of the Episcopal Church in the United States for his peace work among Israelis and Palestinians.
  • Nuke-Free Church. The World Council of Churches, which represents 550 million Christians, in May called on Iran to halt uranium enrichment, condemned the U.S. for refusing to take a nuclear strike option against Iran off the table, and promoted a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East.
  • Glory Goal. Anglican clergy bested Muslim imams in a pre-World Cup 2006 interfaith soccer match held in Germany to raise awareness of racism and human trafficking issues associated with the international soccer event.
  • Good Fight. Army Spc. Katherine Jashinski received a four-month prison term in May for refusing deployment to Afghanistan. “As the first woman GI to publicly take a stand against this war and to declare herself a [conscientious objector], Katherine’s actions are very significant,” said Aidan Delgado of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
  • Be Happy. Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion will launch a research project this fall on “the pursuit of happiness.” Studies will include the connection between self-care and unselfish love, and between traditional religious and scientific findings on happiness.

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