World Peace. A new Internet service provider, Peacenik.co.uk, will raise money for peacemakers working in conflict zones around the world. “The peace movement is notoriously under-resourced,” said Jonathan Bartley, director of Ekklesia, the British faith-based think tank that launched the site. “The venture is to help give peace a chance.”
United Way. In March, 34 churches and national Christian organizations representing more than 100 million American Christians formed Christian Churches Together in the USA, the broadest coalition of churches in the United States. The organization has named “overcoming poverty” as its primary goal.
Safe House. The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was named a national historic landmark in February. The designation will protect the church—site of the infamous 1963 bombing that killed four girls—from being destroyed for any federal project.
Streetwise. In Chicago, more than 300 Christian college students participated last February in the national “sleep out” against homelessness. They promoted petitions to help the homeless and spent the night on the street with homeless people near Chicago’s wealthy “Miracle Mile” shopping boulevard.
Cutting School. Argentina and Uruguay became the second and third countries to remove soldiers from training at the U.S. Army School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. The school trains Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques. Venezuela was the first country to withdraw troops, doing so in January 2004.