Carter, Mandela, Elders say religion oppresses women

By Dennis Gruending

 A group of the world’s most respected Elders says that religions frequently oppress women and that it’s time for faith groups to change their ways. “Religion and tradition are a great force for peace and progress around …

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Pulpit and Politics: blogs and books

By Dennis Gruending

I have been posting to my Pulpit and Politics for just over two years now and it has been a rewarding project. Not long ago the trusty software that counts visits to my blog clocked 50,000 – not exactly a …

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Kenney bullies KAIROS, Harper bullies Colvin

By Dennis Gruending

I reported earlier in December that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) had cut off all funding to the ecumenical justice group KAIROS. I speculated that likely it happened because KAIROS was challenging the …

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KAIROS fights CIDA cuts

By Dennis Gruending

In October, I attended a fund raising dinner and auction at an Ottawa church to support development of a legal clinic to assist women in eastern …

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Richard Colvin and Afghan torture

By Dennis Gruending

Richard Colvin, a Canadian diplomat who served in Afghanistan, has blown the whistle on our government’s complicity in the torture of Afghans taken prisoner by Canadian soldiers and turned over to the notorious prison authorities. The …

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Izzeldin Abuelaish and Rembrance Day

By Dennis Gruending

Although I have attended Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa in the past, I decided this year to support a smaller event whose theme was peace and reconciliation rather than war. On November 10th, I was one of about 300 people who …

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Long gun registry and Montreal massacre

By Dennis Gruending

Canada’s long gun registry could soon be scrapped thanks to a vote on a Private Member’s Bill that passed in the House of Commons on November 4th. Candice Hoeppner, a Conservative MP from Manitoba, introduced it with the blessing of the prime minister, who sees it …

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Karen Armstrong, Tim Flannery, God and climate

by Dennis Gruending

Normally there would be little reason to compare and contrast Karen Armstrong, a wildly popular writer on religion and Tim Flannery, the Australian palaeontologist and author. The random occasion to do so was their appearance within half an …

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