Friday, February 15   Sign in or Register
Evangelical Focus
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud

Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.

Bible literacy
How often do you read the Bible?




EEA celebrated 25 years of engaging European Union

The celebrations in Brussels included a roundtable on integration of Muslims in Europe and finished with a thanksgiving service at the Chapel of Europe.

President of the EEA Frank Hinkelmann, Socio-political representative Julia Doxat-Purser, Secretary General Thomas Bucher, speakers Christine Schirrmacher and Peter Adams, Brussels officer Arie de Pater, at 25 years celebration. / EEA

This month, the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Brussels office.

The mission of the EEA is to represent Europe’s 23 million Evangelicals from 33 countries to the European Union.

The celebrations in Brussels on 16th January started with a roundtable on integration of Muslims in Europe.



Main speakers were Christine Schirrmacher (Islamic Studies at the University of Bonn/Germany and the Evangelical Theological Faculty Leuven/Belgium) and Peter Adams (St Marys Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Luton, UK).

In a first session, Professor Schirrmacher emphasised that we cannot understand Islam in Europe without the context of Islam in Saudi Arabia and in the Middle East.

“Christians can play an important role as a kind of mediators between Muslims and politicians”, she said. Christians and committed Muslims share the desire to live according to ethical values derived from their faiths, and know what it is to be “in the world but not of it”. Secular Europe struggles more and more to understand this. Christians can also share their ethical values with Muslims and learn from them about what their faith means to them, as both live in a secular context in Europe, not in a religious one.


Participants at the rountable on Islam. / EEA

In the second session, Peter Adams shared from his experience in Luton, UK, working with the Muslim community and groups like the English Defence League and Britain First. Over the years, Adams has developed strong working relationships with Muslims in Luton. Together, they have been working for the common good. He illustrated his work with several examples. Adams reminded the audience of the command to ‘love your neighbour as yourself.’ “Of course you can ask why the Muslims do not integrate”, he said. He challenged us to turn that question around and ask: “Why haven’t I invited them in?” Our welcome allows a reprocessing of difficulties, of rejection of past generations. A good welcome enables a sense of belonging. A young mum, verbally abused and intimidated by the far right responded very warmly to Christians reaching out to her following that abuse, and later joined a group of Muslims expressing deep sadness to churches after an Islamic extremist terror attack.

The roundtable closed with a lively discussion between the two speakers themselves and with the representatives from several national evangelical alliances attending




The celebrations then continued with a service of thanksgiving for the past 25 years at the Chapel of Europe. Round table guests were joined by Brussels related friends of the EEA, both present and past. The evening concluded with a joyful reception.



Good relations with people working in the European Institutions and with like-minded organisations have been very important in the past 25 years. The EEA will continue to maintain and build these friendly and constructive relations.

The EEA will continue its work in defending and promoting freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. This important human right is closely linked with freedom of expression. We will continue to advocate for a civil public square with a place for a wide variety of voices, including the Evangelical one.

In the run up to the European Elections in May, the EEA will work with its national member organisations in mobilising Evangelicals across Europe. The EEA challenges its constituency to engage European politics and to look beyond the easy sound bites.



The EEA Socio-Political arm helps national Evangelical Alliances to develop their social, advocacy, and religious liberty ministries.


25 years of EEA Brussels office.

In 1994, the EEA appointed Julia Doxat-Purser to set up the Brussels office and to engage European circles. This decision was the outcome of a thorough internal discussion about how the Evangelical community should relate to what was then the European Community.

Among the priorities of the EEA’s socio-political programme and therefore the Brussels office are Freedom of Religion or Belief and Freedom of Expression for all, human dignity and the sanctity of life. The socio-political programme encourages the 23 Million Evangelicals across Europe to constructively engage politics and to work for the common good.




    If you want to comment, or


YOUR ARE AT: - - EEA celebrated 25 years of engaging European Union
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

In the workshop of cartoonist Alain Auderset In the workshop of cartoonist Alain Auderset

The Swiss-Spanish artist and Evangelical Focus author speaks about how he relates work and faith.

Can science explain everything? Can science explain everything?

A debate about science and faith between Oxford Emeritus Professor of Mathematics John Lennox and Oxford Emeritus Professor in Chemistry Peter Atkins. Moderated by journalist Justin Brierley.

The gospel in East Ukraine's prisons The gospel in East Ukraine's prisons

Many are coming to Christ in some of the toughest prisons in this troubled part of the country.

Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube

EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.