ADVERTISING
 
Monday, August 19   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

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

POLL
Society
Should Christians join social protests?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Inclusion
 

Hope Award 2019 goes to European Disability Network coordinator Thérèse Swinters

The European Evangelical Alliance honours the work of a platform that offers “training of ministry workers and leadership, provision of a biblical perspective on disability, and mobilization of prayer and support”.

SOURCES EEA AUTHOR Evangelical Focus BAD BLANKENBURG 13 JUNE 2019 11:30 h GMT+1
Secretary General of the European Evangelical Alliance, Thomas Bucher, and European Disability Network Facilitator Thérèse Swinters, during the 2019 Hope Award ceremony in Bad-Blankenburg, Germany. / Photo: Christoph Groetzinger.

Thérèse Swinters, Facilitator of the European Disability Network (EDN), has been honoured “for her ground-breaking work over the past 15 years” by receiving the European Evangelical Alliance Hope Award 2019.



The award was presented to Swinters on 12 June 2019 during this year’s General Assembly of the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) in Bad Blankenburg, Germany.



The HOPE Award is presented annually by EEA´s Hope for Europe Networks Roundtable to “a person, group or project in Europe embodying both the message of biblical hope and values such as partnership, networking, transformation, and integrity”.



With the presentation of the award, the EEA aims to “increase awareness especially across national borders of initiatives which in turn can inspire further 'actions of hope'”.



In 2019, the EEA honours Thérèse Swinters for her “persistent building of the Disability Network and her gracious handling of the able people along the way”.



The mission of the EDN includes the promotion and support of evangelization among and by Europeans with disabilities, the provision of a united European voice of disability ministry and the support of its partners. Among its responsibilities, EDN has committed itself to the “training of ministry workers and leadership, the provision of a biblical perspective on disability, and mobilization of prayer and support”.



 



ATTITUDE OF BELONGING NEEDED, NOT SEPARATION



During the Hope Award Ceremony in Bad Blankenburg, Martina Koeninger, leader of the “Perspectivforum Disability” in the German Evangelical Alliance, shared some thoughts about disability in the Christian world in Europe.



Koeninger, who is part of EDN´s steering group, reminded the audience that “we need the attitude of belonging and not of separation, that's what inclusion means”. With regards to the Hope for Europe Networks she emphasized that “all different networks should have at least 10- 13% of members with disability if they want to reflect the actual situation in society and not leave certain persons on the outside”.



Against the background of this year’s Hope Award Ceremony focusing on disability, the European Evangelical Alliance launched a new resource titled “Disability and the Church: Looking for a theology of Inclusion. The paper that was commissioned by EEA’s Theological Commission and the European Disability Network aims to assist national Evangelical alliances as well as the members of the Disability Network in developing a theological reflection statement and practical strategies for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in Christian life and worship.



“Often churches and pastors find themselves asking questions about disability, such as how to understand inclusion in the image of God or what an inclusive reading of the way the Bible speaks about disability might look like”, the EEA said.



The paper emphasizes that approaching these questions generally requires “a willingness to move away from a view that what we choose to identify as disability can only be understood as a result of the Fall, and therefore of sin”.



It also indicates important further work currently underway to ensure a firm foundation for Christian disability theology in the person of Christ and the cross and thus helps churches to make progress on disability and inclusion.



The new resource is available here.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Hope Award 2019 goes to European Disability Network coordinator Thérèse Swinters
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
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.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process

The Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance offers a Christian perspective on the crisis: “We can’t reduce people to just a number that needs to be controlled”.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference

Evangelical leaders from across Europe meet in Wisla (Poland) to network for mission in a range of fields. The vision is to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Chinese Homecoming Gathering: Thousands say 'we’re one' Chinese Homecoming Gathering: Thousands say 'we’re one'

Christians from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and North America, from different ethnic backgronds, came together to pray for unity as the body of Christ.

 
How have global missions changed over the last century? How have global missions changed over the last century?

The centre of gravity of Christianity has shifted from Europe to Africa, says Nana Yaw Offei Awuku, Director of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Generation initiative.

 
Christian organisations call to pray for new British Prime Minister Christian organisations call to pray for new British Prime Minister

Representatives of the National Day of Prayer, the Evangelical Alliance and CARE express the need for churches to pray for the new leadership of a country divided by Brexit and other issues.

 
Practical ways to direct our hearts toward spiritual growth Practical ways to direct our hearts toward spiritual growth

“It is not our initiative, it is not working for ourselves, it is gazing to Jesus and responding to Him. It is the language of inclining the heart that we see in Psalms”, said  Peter Mead, Director of Cor Deo.

 
Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa

A short video summary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) World Assembly, July 3-10.

 
GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration” GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”

850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
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.