Iata, au inceput sa apara si cintecele legate de protestele actuale. E semn bun.
Another old communist devil, comrade Fidel, died today. Cuba, and the world, will be better off without him.
(By the way, I am still waiting, and hoping, that another old devil, comrade Mugabe, will also finally appear before the judgement throne of God, for his many crimes. The sooner, the better, for the sake of the embattled and hungry the people of Zimbabwe, and the good of the world as a whole.)
But today I refuse to talk about old devils. I prefer to rather share with you a few words in honour of one who dared to stand, at a high cost, against the devilish communist ideology in Cuba, the Catholic poet, diplomat, human rights activist, and public intellectual, Armando Valladares.
I remember of praying for him in the early nineteen eighties, after reading about his harsh imprisonment in Sergiu Grossu’s monthly magazine Catacombes, which the Romanian author edited in Paris, France.
Here are a few details about his life and work (source, HERE).
As you read about him, I invite you to say a prayer for freedom and dignity in Cuba.
May the Lord hear our prayers!
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Armando Valladares Perez (born May 30, 1937) is a Cuban poet, diplomat, and human rights activist. In 1960, he was arrested by the Cuban government for protesting communism, leading Amnesty International to name him a prisoner of conscience. Following his release in 1982, he wrote a book detailing his imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Cuban government [Against All Hope: The Prison Memoirs of Armando Valladares], and was appointed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.Read More »
Am primit cu placere invitatia prietenilor mei din Timisoara de a participa la conferinta anuntata mai sus, cu o prelegere intitulata ‘Intre iubrea aproapelui si primirea strainului’, o reluare, de data aceasta in limba romana, a temei prezentate in iulie in Tabara Koinonia.
Iata atasat mai jos programul conferintei.
Friday 8th July 2016
This is ‘not a time to fear’ but a time to trust God, the Archbishop said in the opening speech of Synod’s debate on the EU referendum today.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York added the item as urgent business to the Synod agenda, with the members’ consent.
Read the full text of the speech:
The length of the EU referendum campaign, the high turnout and the clarity of the result means, it seems to me, that whatever our view of what we would have preferred, we must now deal with the world as it is, and seek not merely survival after Brexit – if we were one of the 48 – but the common good, the flourishing of all our citizens and the seizing of the opportunities offered to our nation; above all to witness to the Kingdom of God.Read More »
O documentary on the most inhumane experiment in the gulag of communist Romania – the so-called ‘re-education’ at the Pitesti prison.
Am selectat mai jos citeva fragmente dintr-un foarte interesant interviu acordat de Teodor Baconschi lui Cristian Patrasconiu pentru platforma LaPunkt. Sper ca ele va vor motiva sa citi intregul interviu, care poate fi accesat la linkul de mai sus.
Avem de-a face, desigur, cu o perspectiva conservatoare si ortodoxa, asumata in mod deschis de autor. Ceea ce nu inseamna insa ca aceasta il scuteste de anumite interpretari partizane si subiective, desigur, inevitabile in orice demers intelectual cinstit.
Enumar, in fuga, citeva dintre acestea:
- perspectiva exclusiv negativa asupra procesului de secularizare in Europa
- invinuirea exclusiva a protestantismului pentru acest ‘flagel’
- cresterea prezentei musulmane in Europa privita preponderent ca o amenintare
- atitudinea implicit critica fata de papa Francisn, pus in contract cu ‘ultimul papă conservator, Benedict al XVI-lea’
si la acestea as putea adauga si altele, dar va las s-o faceti voi insiva.
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Societatea românească e un mozaic de fracturi. Aveam, la 1900, un retard istoric de cel puțin 100 de ani față de Occident (evident, e o apreciere pur estimativă). Aproape un secol mai târziu, când a căzut comunismul, eram, iarăși, una dintre cele mai sărace țări de pe continent. Deși ne-au ajutat să ne dezvoltăm, tranziția democratică și integrarea euro-atlantică n-au făcut decât să ne așeze întru-un sistem de referință care ne-a agravat complexele de inferioritate. Pe acest fundal dislocat, regăsirea tradiției precomuniste, cu o Biserică Ortodoxă liberă, s-a făcut adesea formal și zgomotos, fără creșterea organică de care au nevoie procesele istorice firești. Am intrat în mileniul trei cu povara acestor handicapuri. Prin urmare, nu putem încă avea o atitudinea critică față de Occident: nu l-am trăit pe dinăuntru. Dacă ne socotim ca parte integrantă a lui, ne ies oricând la iveală reminiscențele comuniste și orientale. Dacă îl respingem, nu prea avem ce să punem în loc. Avem, cum s-a spus, o modernizare lipsită de modernitate. Am copiat, în loc să asimilăm. Cu alte cuvinte, în loc să spunem ce e greșit amenajat ”la ei”, ne sar în ochi propriile defecțiuni de parcurs.Read More »
The significance of the joint visit to the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Saturday, April 16, 2016, by . . . .
‘The power of ecumenism lies in beginning to open up beyond ourselves and our own, our communities and our churches. It is learning to speak the language of care and compassion. And it is giving priority to solidarity and service.’
The Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies (CEEAMS) is pleased to invite you to the conference
Green pastures? Human Mobility and Christian Communities in Central and Eastern Europe
After the fall of the Communist system, migration experiences in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) intensified and diversified. During Communist times emigration existed in forms of political asylum-seeking or through creative ways to reach the so-called West. Also exchange studentships to befriended countries were some of the variations of migration. While the opening of the political borders after the “changes” in 1989/1990 did generate migration from CEE to mainly Western Europe and North America, migration to CEE through people
such as missionaries, international investors, tourists, small entrepreneurs, labor migration, students, professionals had a significant impact on community formation. Typical to these migrations was that it included people from all over the world, from west and north and east and south. Since most of the post-communist countries did not have well-developed migration policies, CEE became an intently diverse field where people of all sorts with a variety of aspirations arrived and left. The “Yugoslav Wars” challenged some of the Balkan countries to experiment with asylum-seeking and refugee services.
Another significant event regarding migration experiences in CEE was the enlargement of the European Union with new, former communist member states. This resulted in substantial labor migration from CEE to Western Europe, especially from Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria, but now also from Hungary and other countries. The consequences of the ” Arab Spring”, especially the complex wars in Syria, intensified the refugee question. Next to the cross-border migrations, domestic migration further complicates the processes of transformations in CEE societies. Also the fragility of the internal political situation in a number of CEE countries – with growing right wing tendencies targeting the “foreigner” (read e.g. Roma people, Muslims, and Arab) in their rhetoric – add to these complexities.
Discussions about and responses with immediate action programs (like e.g. building fences etc.) to certain phenomena generated by migration, became part of the daily life at all levels of societies.
Christian communities, churches and other faith communities are part of the above described societies and migration experiences. In their daily service they encounter situations which demand grounded theological-missiological answers, because after all, migration experiences are about human lives and changes in human lives and societies. Missiologists, theologians, and reflective practitioners are challenged to theologically- missiologically reflect on questions about human mobility in this region and their relation to the larger worldwide processes, in order to adequately assist the work of churches, ministers, pastors, and above all church members to find contextually relevant answers. In order to address the issue of human mobility, one needs to dig deeper: it is not sufficient to create Christian discourses about migration by collecting proof verses from the Bible which talk about people on the move, and about the position of strangers. Digging deeper asks for self-reflection: what is going on in Christian communities in terms of migration? What do Christians in this part of the world believe about different aspects of migration and why do they do so? What are the most striking aspects of migration which need theological attention?Read More »
Nu citim aici un nou poem pedagogic, argumentând în favoarea foloaselor bătăii, pasămite, rupte din rai. Nu e un text care ignoră legea. Ci e o apărare a copiilor. Şi o pledoarie pentru un stat fără trufii salvaţioniste.
Petre M. Iancu produce aici unul dintre cele mai consistente texte pe tema cazului Bodnariu. De citit si gindit mai mult si de vorbit mai putin.
DEMONSTRATII: in decembrie au avut loc demonstratii in fata ambasadei Norvegiei
din Madrid (vezi foto) si din Bucuresti. In luna aceasta se continua valul de proteste
impotriva Barnevernet in mai multe tari. Foto: M & M Photography
Ministrul pentru problemele copiilor si ale egalitatii, Solveig Horne, subliniaza ca libertatea religioasa este puternica in Norvegia, dar ca aceasta nu da cale libera violentei impotriva copiilor.
PROMISIUNI CA VOR FI ASCULATE CRITICILE ADUSE BARNEVERNET
In luna ianuarie sunt planuite 20 de demonstratii impotriva Barnevernet in 18 tari asa cum a precizat si ieri ziarul norvegian Dagen. Unei perechi de romani-norvegieni care locuiesc in vestul Norvegiei li s-au luat cei cinci copii printr-o decizie de urgenta.
AFARA DIN SANTURILE DE TRAGERE
Ministrul pentru problemele copiilor si ale egalitatii, Solveig Horne, subliniaza pentru ziarul crestin norvegian Dagen ca ea nu poate comenta cazuri particulare. Pentru dansa este important ca institutia Barnevernet sa aiba credibilitate in fata populatiei si observa ca aceasta credibilitate este slabita atunci cand, la diferite intervale de timp, apar critici impotriva acestei institutii.Read More »
Nota: Stiu ca acest text va enerva din nou pe cei care alimenteaza isteria din jurul cazului Bodnariu, dar cred ca estre important ca pozitii rationale si echilibrate, pecum cea a domnului Tita trebuie neaparat sa-si faca si ele loc in spatiul ideatic al evanghelicilor romani. (Sublinierile din text imi apartin).
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Când și unde poți să îți bați copiii în numele Domnului? Sau al tău
Nu zilele astea. Nu în Norvegia.
Plec, evident, de la cazul familiei Bodnariu, care ocupă de ceva timp spațiul în știri. Cei cinci copii ai familiei, cu vârste între 3 luni și 9 ani, au fost luați de Autoritatea pentru protecția copilului din Norvegia (Barnevernet) din casa familiei și dați în grija unor asistenți maternali.
In urma cu putin timp am avut deosebita placere a unei convorbiri prietenesti cu Ramona Iacobute, jurnalist in cadrul echipei din Iasi a ziarului Adevarul. Am discutat despre credinta, despre secularizare, despre islam si islamofobie, despre criza refugiatilor sirieni si multe altele. O parte a acestui dialog si-a gasit locul in interviul publicat astazi, 21 octombrie, 2015, de cotidianul Adevarul.
Redau mai jos prima parte a interviului.
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Ieşeanul doctor în Teologie ajuns în marile zone de conflict ale lumii: „Criza refugiaţilor e un turnesol pentru Europa. Arată lipsa de coerenţă, lipsa unui lider.”
Dănuţ Mănăstireanu (60 ani), cu o vastă experienţă în zonele de conflict şi la catedrele universităţilor care au cursuri de istoria religiilor, îşi expune punctul de vedere în privinţa crizei imigranţilor din Siria şi a evoluţiei religiilor în Europa.Read More »
Rev Mitri Rageb
NOTE: Here is a timely message on the current violence in Israel/Palestine that Lutheran Rev. Mitri Rageb, from Bethlehem, has published three days ago on Facebook.
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Palestinian Lives Matter
A new wave of political unrest is here. Within the last five weeks over forty young people from Palestine were killed and over 1100 injured. These are not mere numbers, but young people with faces, names, and dreams. Yet, as if their lives do not matter , the Israelis are easing their already loose laws on using arms with a clear message of shoot to kill. For the Israeli government, these young Palestinians are rebels that do not deserve to live. They must be taught a lesson. To add salt to injury, you hear the western politicians talking about Israel’s right to defend itself, and stand shamelessly with Israel. Thus, to those international players the lives of Palestinians are worthless while the life of an Israeli is so precious. This pattern reminds us of how the world viewed the lives of black people under apartheid and how racism against blacks is felt in so many countries around the world. The same applies to Indignous peoples, and the oppressed. The most dangerous thing however, is when young people from those oppressed groups are pushed to the point where they start looking for a life after death but do not believe any more in a life before death that is worth living. In this context, we have three messages to share:
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Welcoming those less fortunate
Comment by His Grace Bishop Angaelos,
General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom
22 September 2015
Until now, the Middle East crisis has been contained in that part of the world, and has, for some, become somewhat of a distant reality. If we have occasionally been moved by what we have seen or heard in reports, we have also had the relative comfort of being several steps removed from the situation. Now however, we are witnessing the movement of tens of thousands of desperate people fleeing that crisis and approaching the shores of Europe to seek refuge, and so the issue has become much more immediate and closer to home.Read More »
Why is the refugee crisis all over the news? How is this related to Syria? Why should we care at all?
Dragi pastori din Europa,
Salutări în Hristos,
Ne aflăm într-o perioadă de timp foarte critică în ceea ce privește refugiații care se îngrămădesc să intre în țările voastre. Aveți o oportunitate de aur. Fie o acceptați, fie o pierdeți și pierdeți și Europa pentru totdeauna.
Familiile care ajung pe țărmurile țărilor voastre sunt zdrobite, rănite și nevoiașe. Un bun venit călduros le-ar putea schimba perspectivele și convingerile numaidecât. Ei fug de tirania islamului și se află într-o luptă reală în ceea ce privește credințele lor. Ei au crescut cu mentalitatea că fac parte din cea mai bună națiune și religie creată vreodată pe pământ și creierele lor sunt spălate să creadă că toți ceilalți sunt pierduți. Nu li s-a permis niciodată să gândească sau să se îndoiască de aceste lucruri. Li s-a spus că vin de la Dumnezeu.Read More »
Religion-law reforms awaited at time of ‘remarkable spike in attacks’ on Christians
As Vietnam celebrates 40 years since the end of what is commonly known elsewhere as the ‘Vietnam War’, its government faces accusations of failing to ensure the rights of its citizens to religious freedom.
“In Vietnam, we still have a government that shows two faces – the friendly and welcoming face on one side and the oppressive face on the other.”
These words, attributed by Open Doors to a Vietnamese Christian whose name was withheld, provide an insight into a country which, on the one hand, is reportedly close to making positive reforms to its laws on religious practice, but on the other is accused by the UN of “gross violation” of religious freedom “in the face of constant surveillance, intimidation, harassment and persecution”.
Where Vietnam is concerned, religious freedom is rarely black and white.
Consider the “cautious optimism” of Nigel Cory, a researcher at the The Center for Strategic & International Studies, who suggests “the space for religious freedom [in Vietnam] seems to be growing”.Read More »
RODUCED BY: Denise Lodde
Vietnam Dangerous Faith Part 1 ; Vietnam is one of South East Asia’s most popular tourist destinations—known for its beauty, beaches and hospitality. Unfortunately, for those who live there it’s not such a sunny picture. Nor is the communicant one party state hospitable to certain freedoms –especially religious freedom. Denise Lodde recently traveled with a team from Voice of the Martyrs to uncover what is happening to Christians in this country. Here is part one of her three part one of her three part series Vietnam: Dangerous Faith ; FEATURED IN REPORT: Pastor Quang, Vietnamese Mennonite Pastor and Human Rights Activist ; Todd Nettleton, representative from Voice of the Martyrs U.S ; Greg Musselman, representative of Voice of the Martyrs Canada.Read More »
We condemn the cowardly, senseless, inhuman, targeted killing of innocent Christian students at Kenya’s Garissa University College by masked gunmen from the Al-Shabaab terror group this week. But let’s not stop there, and see this attack as the last straw.
We were at a loss of words as we heard the news of attackers with explosives and AK-47s targeting a campus site where Christians had gone to pray on Thursday. This deep sorrow should now impel us to defeat terrorism in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere.
“We cannot look at terrorism in isolation, be it Kenya or Somalia or Iraq or Syria,” WEA-RLC Executive Director Godfrey Yogarajah said. “Al-Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the shameless killing, as well as groups like al-Qaeda, Islamic State (ISIS) and Boko Haram are transnational terror groups or aspire to become one, and appear to be either cooperating or competing with each other in revealing their evil intent.”Read More »
As I have written HERE, I have met Mennonite Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang during my second visit to Saigon, Vietnam, in 2005. He reminded me a lot of Pastor Pavel Nicolescu, leand of ALRC (the Romanian Committee for the Defence of the Freedom of Religion and Conscience), whom I knew in Romania, in the seventies.
Voice of the Martyrs Canada has just published a news item on new persecution Pastor Quang and his family and congregations are submitted to by the brutal communist regime in Vietnam.
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Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang and his son Nguyen Quang Trieu were recently attacked by a group of seven young men while uniformed police looked on and did nothing to prevent the assault from happening. An additional 20 thugs joined the original attackers in the beating which took place at the church of the victimized Christians. Two other pastors tried to intervene by helping the victims but were also hurt in the process. Pastor Quang suffered several injuries, including a broken finger, a cut eyelid, as well as wounds to his face. His son also sustained various injuries.Read More »
De citit, fara ura si partinire, cum se cuvine unor urmasi ai lui Cristos.
Despite my agreement with my esteemed colleagues Professors Bruce Lincoln and Anthony Yu in most aspects of their response in last week’s Sightings to an earlier Sightings piece, “After the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Massacre: Islam Must Open Itself To Critique,” by a third distinguished colleague, Professor Jean-Luc Marion, their conclusions strike me as ignoring important dimensions of the issues at hand.
The terrible events of January 7-9 in Paris were not, as they aver, the symptoms of social and economic disadvantage, or similar factors. Symptoms of such problems manifest themselves in France, as in many other countries, in increased petty crime, gang activity, drug use, elevated unemployment, occasional car-jackings, arson and riot, and the like.
Among these symptoms, I do not see fit to include targeted, cold-blooded murder, which is what took place in Paris.Read More »
Former American congressman Frank Wolf, who ‘recently co-founded the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and accepted an appointment to a newly endowed chair for religious freedom at Baylor University’, has suggested, together with his colleagues in the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative a six points plan for the preservation of Christians in Iraq. Here they are, as presented in a recent article in Christianity Today:
- Create the Nineveh Plains province in Iraq to shelter Christians and other minorities.
- Establish the Nineveh Protection Unit, a defensive National Guard. (This is already in formation.)
- Allow faith-based relief and development groups to operate openly in the region.
- Require the return of property, especially churches and monasteries, confiscated by the Islamic State.
- Require the Kurdistan regional government to insure religious freedom for all groups.
- Prosecute terrorists for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and if needed, for genocide.
Shannon Sedgwick Davis is a contemporary hero. Her fight to edn the the nightmare of the Lord’s Army led by Joseph Kony in Uganda made The Elders group to invite her to join them. An amazing honour for this 39 years old lady with a passion for justice.
Religiously-related violence continues to tear apart northern Nigeria. Last year thousands of lives were lost, hundreds were abducted and tens of thousands of people were displaced by both the Islamist terror organisation Boko Haram and well-armed Fulani herders. With elections taking place this week, there are concerns of a recurrence of the deadly sectarian violence that broke out in the north following the 2011 presidential elections.Read More »
Asociația Culturala Onesimos vă invita la serata cu tema
ISIS și Criza din Orientul Mijlociu
Într-un context în care auzim din ce în ce mai frecvent termeni și expresii precum: ”război în orient”, ”criza din Siria”, ”refugiați”, ”terorism”, ”grupări teroriste” etc. este firesc să ne întrebăm cum le înțelegem, cum ne implicăm, ne putem oare implica sau trebuie?, cum ne raportăm la informațiile pe care le primim si cum le discernem.
Vă invităm să participați la acest dialog între Danuț Jemna și Dănuț Mănăstireanu, Director pentru credință în dezvoltare, pentru regiunea Orientului Mijlociu și a Europei de Est, al World Vision International.
Locație: Strada Vânători 7, Iași (Tătărași, în spatele Spitalului de Neurologie) – Locația Bisericii Străjerul
Duminica 8 februarie, între orele 18.00 – 20.00
Prof. Dr Malkhaz Songulashvili, the Bishop of Tbilisi and the Senior Minister of the Baptist Peace Cathedral has been awarded with the annual Shahbaz Bhatti Freedom Award “for his multidimensional work for peace building and the promotion of mutual respect among various religions.”
The awards ceremony took place on January 10, in Berlin, Germany, at the annual gathering of the First Step Forum members. The award was presented to Dr Songulashvili by German Government minister Mr Hermann Groehe who praised the Bishop for his bridge building ministry between cultures, religions and minority communities.
Bishop Songulashvili is the fifth recipient of the Freedom Award. Previous recipients of Freedom Award were Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan (posthumously – 2011), Dr. Hany Hanna, Egypt (2012), Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma (2013), and Pope Francis, Vatican (2014).Read More »
Situl Bookaholic a publicat interviuri cu o serie de scriitori romani in legatura cu tragedia recenta de la Paris. Iata ce scrie prietenul meu Vasile Ernu, cu care sunt in mare masura de acord, de aceasta data.
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E multă isterie acum şi ea vine din toate direcţiile. Nu, această tragedie nu este despre musulmani, despre i/emigranţi sau despre limita libertăţii. Terorismul nu e reprezentativ pentru lumea musulmană, aşa cum Breivik nu e reprezentativ pentru lumea creştină europeană actuală. Şi unii şi alţii condamnă astfel de gesturi inumane şi aici vedem foarte clar că viaţa este valoarea comună pe care o împărtăşim şi nu e vorba despre nici o ciocnire a “civilizaţiilor”. Să nu încercăm să facem o listă a crimelor pentru că noi “europenii civilizaţi” s-ar putea să cîştigăm în faţa “barbarilor” la scor.
Cum îl cheamă pe primul poliţist mort? Cumva Ahmed? Dar pe corectorul mort? Cumva Mustafa? Sînt şanse ca cei doi morţi (din 12) să fi crezut în acelaşi dumnezeu ca şi teroriştii. Doar că altfel… Nu e cazul să dăm foc la moschei. Cînd afirmăm “Je suis Charlie” trebuie să ştim că îi includem aici şi pe Ahmed şi Mustafa şi că sîntem solidari şi cu ei… Şi nu din cauza religiei, fireşte, care aici nu contează.Read More »