February 2010

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Education, Rights and the Future
Saw Eh Doe Doh Moo
This story is a product of fact and fiction—the writer’s experiences as a teacher in Burma and the author’s imagination. Through the life of Wah Wah, the passion for learning in the midst of rural poverty and the repression of a military dictatorship shines brightly.
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Settling the ‘Infidels’ Question in Islam
Maher Y. Abu-Munshar
The author emphasizes in this article that verses from the Qur’an that are used to justify violence should be read and understood in the context in which they were originally written and that readers of the Qur’an must distinguish between verses meant for a specific historical incident and the universal message of Islam’s holy book of tolerance and peace among all people. [Read more]

Remembering a Non-violent Dream
Jan. 15 is the birthday of U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and has been celebrated in the United States as a public holiday since 1986 on the third Monday of the month. This tribute to King is offered by Every Church a Peace Church (ECAPC) in Atlanta, Georgia. [Read more]

‘Democracy Demands Loving Community’
Melanie Zuercher
Among the hundreds, if not thousands, of commemorations of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. across the United States in mid-January was a special event held at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas (Bethel is the college where ICF coordinator Max Ediger earned his degree). The commemoration at Bethel was special this year as it had been 50 years since King had spoken at the college in January 1960 about the future of racial integration in the country. A student at the time had recorded the speech, and it was publicly replayed for the first time.

Vincent Harding, chairman of the Veterans of Hope Project: A Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, spoke at Bethel’s commemoration of King’s life. Harding, an African-American, had first met King in 1958 when he and four others drove from Chicago to the South to explore interracial cooperation in the most segregated part of the country. This article from the Bethel College website shares some of Harding’s thoughts during his visit to the college. [Read more]

ICF Drama Workshop on Playback Theater and the Theater of the Oppressed
Paddy Noble
This drama workshop was the first of six workshops that ICF held in 2009. Paddy Noble notes in this reflection that the workshop in India focused on ways to utilize drama to transform societies in conflict. Before doing so though, an inward journey is important. [Read more]


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