The Statistic

24th January, 2017
Number of people estimated to have attended President Donald J Trump's inauguration on 20th January, 2017, according to "crowd counting experts" cited by The New York Times versus the number claimed by Mr Trump on the day: 160,000/1-1.5 million
Source: The New York Times

 

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Moments

24th January, 2017
PULLED OUT: The US, of the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, after a decision by President Donald J Trump.
APOLOGISED: South Korea's culture ministry for blacklisting thousands of artists who were critical of the government of now impeached President Park Geun-hye. The move follows the arrest of Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun on the weekend.

 

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Essays

In an article published by Religion News Service, JOANNE M PIERCE, a professor of religious studies at College of the Holy Cross in the US state of Massachusetts, reflects on the Shaker movement and its legacy...

MAL FLETCHER, writing from London, says bold leadership is needed now more than ever to steer the UK through Brexit...

Rev GARY HALL, former dean of the Washington National Cathedral in the US, argues that the "balancing act" the cathedral has long performed in being both a practicing Christian church and a gathering place for American civic expression is no longer tenable...

They Said It

“If you so fundamentally reject this country, then I’d prefer it if you leave.”
- Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, in an open letter to the Netherlands citizens ahead of elections in March (as quoted in The Guardian on 23rd January, 2017).

 

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This Week on the Web

21st January, 2017
The World Economic Forum met in Davos, Switzerland, for their annual gathering this week and among those who attended was the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches. In a speech given as world leaders were arriving at the summit, Rev Dr Tveit urged them to remember those who are "left behind", calling for "accountable leadership" and noting that the solution to the divisions we see in the world today cannot be based on "appeasing the fear of one group by increasing the fear of another". You can read the full speech on the World Council of Churches' website.

 

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The Word Explained

23rd January, 2017
Unity: The New Testament definition is: Christians, bound in a common purpose and faith by the Holy Spirit, who make every effort to keep peace and maintain focus. For a fuller explanation, visit The Word...

 

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Silence

For October to November, 2016, we're reading a classic book that's soon to be released as a movie (starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson and directed by Martin Scorsese) - Shūsaku Endō's novel Silence. Originally published in 1966, the book is set in 17th century Japan and tells the story of the Jesuits trying to bring Christianity into Japan. To buy the book, follow this link - Silence: A Novel

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