June 2010

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The Transformation to Confidence at SOP
Kipho Mora
At the School of Peace (SOP) in India, a young Karen participant born in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border explains how he attained something priceless—a belief in himself and his abilities. A blog containing the reflective essays of the 2010 SOP participants, videos, photos and much more is available online at <http://sop2010.wordpress.com/>. [Read more]

I Was Wrong
Yunus Emre
The School of Peace (SOP) that Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) conducted at Visthar in Bangalore, India, for 14 weeks concluded on May 14. The writer of this reflection, a Muslim from Mindanao in the southern Philippines, shares in this essay what he has learned at the conclusion of the module “Self, the Other and Community.” [Read more]

Shifting Attitudes toward Sexual Orientation
V. N.
At the conclusion of the School of Peace (SOP) module “Self, the Other and Community,” a participant from Burma shares how his views on sexuality have been transformed. [Read more]

Sinhala Symbols, War, Peace and Ethnic Reconciliation in Sri Lanka
Dr. A. R. M. Imtiyaz
This article examines the use of ethnic symbols by the dominant elite in order to wage and support war as the answer to deep-rooted political and socio-economic problems in a society that is divided violently along the fault lines of ethnicity. The author notes that when the genie of ethnic symbols has been released to wage war it is difficult to put the genie back in the bottle to foster peace. [Read more]

Sabeel’s Litany for Gaza
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
The litany prepared here is offered in response to the attack on May 31, 2010, on the humanitarian flotilla attempting to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip. [Read more]

‘We Vietnamese Have Small Bodies’
Max Ediger
A Mennonite missionary from the United States in South Vietnam during the war and currently the coordinator of Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) living again in Vietnam for the past three years, the author reflects on a trait of the Vietnamese people that puzzles him—forgiveness. [Read more]

Indonesia’s Pluralism in Peril
Ricky Gunawan
Two acts of violence in Indonesia in the past few months, according to the author, place tolerance and respect for the views of others at risk in the country. [Read more]

Muhammad (PBUH) as Liberator
Asghar Ali Engineer
For decades, the author, an Islamic scholar and activist in India, has brought the teachings of Islam to bear on contemporary political and socio-economic events in his country and around the world. In this brief article, he once again seeks to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims about the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and how they should affect society and people’s lives. [Read more]

An Open Wound: A Book Review of Beyond the Blue Gate by Teo Soh Lung
Andrew Loh
After her detention more than 20 years ago, Teo Soh Lung shares her experiences in prison and her views about the reasons she was detained in Singapore under the city-state’s Internal Security Act (ISA). This review explains the significance of this new book and a law that still endangers the rights of Singapore’s people today. [Read more]

Online Resources on Buddhism and Islam
Readers wishing to know more about Buddhism and Islam will find these resources on the internet very helpful. [Read more]

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