On a recent visit to Israel and Palestine, the force of the occupation was in plain sight in many places. One of those involved time spent with members of the Greek Orthodox Church in Beit Jala, where we came face to face with ways in which the occupation challenges their faith. The occupation calls on us all to draw on our faith in ways that will sustain our hope for better times.
The Presbyterian church has a long engagement with issues of war and peace. Many Presbyterians have been powerful spokespersons for an understanding of their faith that committed them to a complete rejection of war and military force as a way of resolving conflicts.
Our world is confronting a major fork in the road in negotiations concerning Iran's nuclear programs. The deadline is fast approaching for reaching agreement in talks currently taking place in Geneva. The outcome will have widespread implications, opening possibilities for scaling back on conflicts or adding dangerous fuel to those fires in many places around the globe.