May 20, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Christianity

Essay: Celebrating Imlek, Catholic style

Practices such as Imlek masses are a welcome example of tolerance and plurality

Adolescent pregnancy in Manggarai

Premarital sex must be acknowledged as unavoidable, to end a vicious cycle of lost potential

Church-based resistance to mining in Manggarai

Resistance is a way of defending local people’s rights in dealing with mining policy

Urban Christian aspirations

A new interdenominational Christian movement is gaining momentum in urban centres

Bridging the divide after conflict

A recent visit to Ambon shows that trade is helping to bridge the divide in a religiously segregated society

Turning away from terror

Prison can be a place of radicalisation or rehabilitation

Born-again cosmopolitan

Pentecostalism and its expressive religiosity resonates with a new generation of Christians  

God and democracy

A Christian church is asserting its democratic rights by suing the mayor of Depok

Locating culture in the church

Minahasan Christians reinterpret their cultural history and identity through religion

Empowerment through conversion?

Chinese Indonesians and the Pentecostal-charismatic movement

A common destiny

Challenges remain for Chinese Indonesians 10 years after reformasi

Faith, flags and festivities

Images of highlanders at home and abroad

Papuan romance

New norms about love and marriage alter the rules for the young

Grassroots rehabilitation

The people of Poso are rebuilding their lives.

Shifting faultlines

In the aftermath of religious conflict, ethnic difference is becoming more prominent in Ambon

Battle for the pews

GERRY VAN KLINKEN explores the dramatic conflict within the Batak Protestant Church (HKBP). Environmental protest, military-backed thugs, and guerilla tactics to attend Sunday worship - these are the ingredients of a bizarre story.

Towards a New Papua

When they hear the sacred texts of the church, Papuans see a better future

Land, church and state

Forestry business packaged in ecological concerns in Flores

Running for office

A Christian candidate for a Muslim party in North Maluku

Opponents of Islamic Law

Diverse responses to proponents of Islamic law indicate democracy is healthy in South Sulawesi

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