Every three years heads of state and government from the Western Hemisphere gather to discuss common policy issues, “affirm shared values and commit to concerted actions at the national and regional level,” and address continuing and new challenges. The eighth such summit meets in Lima, Peru on April 13 and 14, focused on the topics of governance and corruption (hot issues across the hemisphere today). Georgetown University and the Berkley Center supported a meeting on the eve of the summit to explore the roles of religious actors in fighting corruption.
Reverend Robert Chase joined the Berkley Center on March 28 for a discussion about his book Beyond the Comma, which explores intersections, namely the intersection when personal realities meet global responsibilities. Rev. Chase, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, intended the book to serve as a reflection on his work for Intersections International, a multifaith organization in a Christian setting. The book’s title was inspired by a quote from Gracie Allen that had become a motto of the United Church of Christ: “Never place a period where God intended a comma.”
Ensconced in darkness, a figure dressed in black darted along the corridors of Saint Petersburg State University’s Faculty of International Relations. Carefully avoiding the security cameras and wearing a cap to conceal her identity, Yulia dashed around the hallways, affixing posters to announcement boards. It was March 6, 2018.
“So what is like last week?” I asked my cab driver, returning to Belfast after a week of travel. “It must have been crazy with the big anniversary and all.”
Germany is known around the world for its extravagant Christmas markets, but few know that Easter takes a close second when it comes to celebrating Christian holidays. In Bavaria, Germany’s most Catholic state, the Easter celebration spans nearly a full week. Residents of Bavaria enjoy a long weekend starting with Maundy Thursday and ending with Easter Monday. To many, though, Easter means more than just a few extra days off work.
In the 1960s, Marty served as a pastor in Lawndale, near Martin Luther King’s residence at the time. Following the events of Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965, King and his supporters put out a call to the community to join them for a second march. That march came to be known as Turnaround Tuesday.
Earlier last semester I visited the seat of Northern Ireland’s power: the Stormont Estate. Rather than entering a place full of busy activity, as one would expect in the legislature, I encountered an eerie silence that hung over the entire compound. Hallways were empty and offices were deserted. Visitors could explore Stormont as they wished, including its surrounding woodlands and park. Despite the beauty, there was something very disconcerting about a region’s main government buildings being abandoned. It was only later that I realized Northern Ireland has not had a functioning government since early 2017, when inter-party bickering led to the collapse of the executive and subsequent dissolution of the legislature. Despite holding elections, the new legislature has been unable to form a new executive, and Stormont continues to languish.
Pope Francis has inspired both admiration and concern among Catholics and Protestants in the United States, with many religious scholars and observers struggling to predict the ultimate direction and scope of his reformist ideas.
Fundamentalism and fundamentalist reinterpretations of religious texts are a distinctly modern phenomenon, closely connected to the rapid developments in communications technology that forced previously closed groups to confront new, alien ideas.
What makes a society, and a country, Jewish? As the seventieth anniversary of the state of Israel approaches, people are asking this question again and again.