Many people today are still surprised to hear there are churches in Cuba. They assume churches disappeared after Cuba’s 1959 Revolution. (To review Cuban Christians’ and churches’ lives over the years, see Christian Courier, July 28, 2014.) Oh, we of little faith. Jesus’ declaration in Matthew 16:18 that “the gates of Hades will not overcome [the church]” trumps our collective loss of memory. Cuban churches have been remarkably healthy under a repressive government.
On January 7, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed that the International Criminal Court (ICC) would be welcoming a new member soon – Palestine. On April 1, 2015, Palestinians will be able to pursue, and be subject to, war-crime charges. Membership in the ICC has been perceived, more importantly, as a stepping stone to acquiring statehood for Palestine, a bid the UN Security Council has so far rejected. But behind this political maneuvering are the regular people who live there – in Jerusalem, in Ramallah, in the West Bank. Many people, and not always the ones you might expect, are working for reconciliation between Israel and Palestine, as Christian Courier’s staff member found as she journeyed through these conflict-ridden lands. Here are the stories of the people she met. –Angela Reitsma Bick, Editor
Changes are underway at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. Since the 2010-2011 academic year with its record enrollment of 915 full-time equivalent (FTE) students, enrollment has decreased by 16.6 percent to its current level of 763 FTE students.Login to View
The future of the nation may depend on the role of religion in the common life, according to Father Raymond de Souza. People of faith who live that faith out daily contribute greatly to society.Login to View
That he was orphaned as a 12-year-old only adds to the story. That after attending a revival by none other than George Whitefield, that shining star of the Great Awakening, is also certainly worth mentioning, too. That he had no silver spoon only makes his work more remarkable.