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We are living in ‘an age when different civilisations will have to learn to live side by side in peaceful interchange, learning from each other, studying each other’s histories and ideals and art and culture, mutually enriching each other’s lives. The alternative in this overcrowded little world is misunderstanding, tension, clash and catastrophe.’
Today’s reflection is a short book review on Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilisations and the Remaking of World Order.
‘The book’s thesis sees the world becoming made up of resurgent major civilisational (or cultural) people groups transcending artificial country borders and previous political / trade / security alliances. In this new world, local politics is the politics of ethnicity; global politics is the politics of civilisations.’
Julian Doorey, who is working in Bangladesh, reflects on questions like: How can we love all people, even those different to ourselves? How can we share something of the ‘Kingdom of God having come amongst us’ to our Muslim neigbours?
He concludes: ‘Is this not to love my neighbour - through conversation rather than clash?’
The story of the ‘Good Samaritan’ in Luke 10: 25-37 is essentially a story about loving our neighbour across religious and ethnic differences.
Let us pray:
· That as Christians we will be known for sincere and respectful conversations with our ‘neighbours’ despite possible differences in worldview and religion.
· For Micah Challenge New Zealand. The campaign has recently recruited Paul Thompson to be its part-time coordinator.
· Please pray for energy and enthusiasm for Paul as he settles into the job, develops a campaign strategy for the rest of the year and starts to engage with supporters and key stakeholders.
· Rev Patson Netha from Zimbabwe writes: ‘Please could you continue to pray for Zimbabwe particularly in the political negotiations that are taking place. This looks like one of the best options that Zimbabwe has in solving its crisis.’
· Reflecting on the statistic below: we give thanks that an increasing number of men, women and children have access to improved sanitation facilities.
We pray that governments will be determined to improve access to safe water and sanitation by providing access to low-cost technical options for safe sanitation.
Meditate on the Statistics
As you spend time in prayer and reflection, you may like to take a moment to silently understand with your heart the focus statistic we include each week (see below). Our hope is that you will find this series of statistics a useful resource in preparing presentations.
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Target 10: Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
‘More and more people are now using improved sanitation facilities - that is, facilities that ensure human excreta are disposed of in a way that prevents them from causing disease by contaminating food and water sources. Though the practice of open defecation is on the decline worldwide, 18 per cent of the world's population, totaling 1.2 billion people, still practise it. In southern Asia, some 778 million people still rely on this riskiest sanitation practice. ‘
‘At current trends, the world will fall short of the Millennium sanitation target by more than 700 million people,’ said Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director. ‘Without dramatic improvements, much will be lost.’
Source: 2008 Update Report:"Progress on Drinking-water and Sanitation: special focus on sanitation; UNICEF/ WHO, July 2008
Yours in Christ,
Regine and MC team
Please view all the Friday Prayer statistics we’ve used to date at Index of Millennium Development Goal Statistics.xls
Please see Index of Reflections on Integral Mission.xls
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