Scottish Parliament endorses Balfour Project Call to Action

Claudia Beamish MSP (Labour) introduced a members’ business debate on motion S5M-16637, “Towards an independent Palestinian state: a Scottish proposal” calling for action leading to an independent Palestinian state and acknowledging Britain’s historical responsibilities in what was to become Israel and Palestine. Claudia argued that British engagement is needed now to help secure a better future for both peoples. Scotland could act as the conscience of the UK, working for true equality through policies based on universal values and those international laws which Britain drafted, signed and ratified after World War II. She highlighted the work of the Balfour Project in raising British public awareness of the history of Britain’s involvement in shaping the Middle East. She commended the six measures in the Balfour Project Call to Action:

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Christianity Explored Tanzania

In our second week in East Africa, Jim McAnlis, Sam Oyirwoth and I returned to the Anglican Diocese of Kagera in North West Tanzania to train 70 of the clergy to teach and train others to use the course. We had launched the course in the Diocese in January 2018 and in September last year I returned to reach a course on Jesus in the Old Testament at the Diocesan Theological School.

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Nigeria: Military Rule, Religious Fanaticism and Persecution

More than five years ago, the Times newspaper published an editorial entitled ‘Spectators at the Carnage’. 

Persecution on the grounds of religious faith is a global phenomenon and is growing in scale and intensity. Reports including that of the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on ‘Freedom of Religion or Belief’ (FoRB) warn that religious persecution is increasing, and an “ever-growing threat”.Based on reports from various NGOs, it is estimated that about one third of the world’s population suffers from religious persecution in some form, with Christians being the most persecuted group.

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Peacemaking in Syria

Dave Smith, also known as Fighting Father Dave, is an Anglican priest in Australia. Father Dave is best known for his work with at-risk youths, especially in his use of boxing for those suffering from substance abuse problems and anger management issues. He is a 6th degree black belt as well as a professional boxer. He is also a member of the Peacemaker International Board of Reference. Stephen and Dave have worked together on reconciliation projects supporting peacemakers in Syria and Palestine.

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