What is epektasis? It is primarily about politics. But it is also about human rights, democracy, good governance, peace, justice and reconciliation at a time of turbulence across the MENA region.
Epektasis.net deals with issues impacting the peoples of the Middle East - conflict backgrounds, symptoms, realities, fears and possible solutions - that are viewed through a dual Middle Eastern-European lens.
Inasmuch as possible, my articles adhere to the overarching Christian ethos of striving to 'stretch forward' (epekteinomenos in Greek, from St Paul in Phil 3:13) - politically, ecumenically and legally - the elements of peace, justice, reconciliation, dignity, non-violence and security.
But given the levels of sheer brutality that we have witnessed over social media almost daily, it often feels that this has been going on for longer than six years.
The General Assembly is the foremost structure of the Middle East Council of Churches.
Now does the reader not wonder about the incongruence between my childhood memories in the sixties and the title of this small piece we now call a blog?
I am not too sure I hold such absolute truths with utter conviction, and so here are my thoughts.