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Written By Voice Of Baptist Papua on October 19, 2008 | 1:43 AM

Media lokal seperti cepos dan Papua Pos dalam pemberitaan mengatakan bahwa tidak ada media masa yang memuat/memberitakan kegiatan 15-17 oktober 2008 di London untuk mendukung kegiatan IPWP ternyata sangat kontras di mana BBC media yang terkenal di dunia itu pun tidak luput dari liputannya kegiatan bersejarah tersebut, lihat beritanya di bawah ini:

Thought for the Day, 17 October 2008

Rt Rev. Lord Richard Harries

This week I was left with a picture in my mind that I will never forget. It was at a meeting in the House of Commons of International Parliamentarians for West Papua. West Papua, which is formed from half of an Island due North of Australia, has been struggling for self-determination for more than 40 years, and where, sadly, there are grave human rights violations. A party of Papuans came over from Holland for the meeting-very colourful in their traditional dress- and after the formal part was over, brought out their drums for a joyous dance. Then an elderly lady came forward and in a song that combined tears with simple gestures of body and hands, conveyed grief, anger, despair and pleading to God. For me it expressed not just West Papuan anguish but what so many are feeling about the world today--grief, anger, despair and pleading-all that in the Bible goes under the heading of lament. Lament. Not a familiar genre today, but one that at times seems the only possible response of the human spirit to the state of the world.

But on another occasion recently I also had a surprising moment of hope . I was giving a lecture on Ethical Investment at a meeting organized by a major financial institution responsible for investing charitable funds. Of course there was a great deal of talk and anxiety about what is happening in the markets. But what took me by surprise was that the dominant mood at the end was that this was also a time of great opportunity - a time to get people to think more carefully about what they really want their money to do; a time to see how the market might be made to serve real investment and not just speculation; a time to make the global economy work better for all people, not just an elite. Perhaps after the last decades of conspicuous consumption and hollow celebrity culture we are entering what we might call an era of the new seriousness. I think of those lines of Philip Larkin at the end of his poem "Churchgoing" when he reflects on what people in the future will make of the church building he is visiting .He describes it as "A serious house on serious earth it is" and writes that even then people will gravitate to its graveyard

Since someone will forever be surprising
A hunger in himself to be more serious

The Chief Rabbi said to some of us a little while ago that the Hebrew word for crisis also means "birthing stool". A crisis is also a time of giving birth to something new. If our anguish about the world today leads a new seriousness, then there is indeed a great opportunity before us to give birth to something better.

copyright 2008 BBC
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