December 2011

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 Abolish Christmas
This reflection was written by a group of people about the meaning of Christmas in the midst of a civil war in Sri Lanka in 1987—thoughts that still force us to think about this holy holiday for Christians in our world today. [Read more]

 The Tragic Plight of Widows
Fr. Terence Fernando
It is easy to assume that since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009 that peace has returned to the country and that the nation’s people, both its Singhalese and Tamil citizens, are now enjoying a normal life. As the brief summaries of the lives of four Tamil women reveal in this article, this assumption is not correct. [Read more]

 Shan New Year Wishes for Nov. 25, 2011
Zorm Ou
With many observers of Burma discussing changes that have taken place in the country in the past year, this author raises valid questions about the significance and sincerity of these changes. [Read more]

  Karenni Migration and Health Risks
Peter K.
Based on his experience, the author describes the hardships people in Burma’s Karenni State are now facing as they are pushed to migrate because of war and poverty. The right to health and water—two human rights that are often not well documented or discussed because of Burma’s other overwhelming human rights issues—are at the core of this report. [Read more]

 Painting Faith, Inspiring Conversation
Camilla Schick
Three artists of different faith backgrounds in London explain the process behind creating their award-winning interfaith triptych Thresholds together and how they view their faith in their lives and in society. [Read more]