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Influential Swiss newspaper NZZ publishes the dialogue between Samuel Jost and his son Marc, who leads the Swiss Evangelical Alliance and calls to protect heterosexual marriage.
The “aggressions and hostile rhetoric” threaten the presence of the Christian minority, says the global evangelical body. “Pray for and end to the cycles of violence and death that beset the Middle East”.
Social Democrat Pedro Sánchez is confirmed as Prime Minister after forming a government with leftists Podemos. The growing socio-political polarisation makes dialogue difficult, evangelicals say.
Inter-denominational contacts are on the rise in Russia.
Jean-Luc Ziehli, President of the Swiss Evangelical Alliance (RES) will represent the Swiss evangelicals, who have been invited to the Council for a probationary period.
The evangelical body says in a statement that it will work to organise “a gathering that brings together evangelicals of a range of sensitivities”, with the aim of “writing a proposal of a model to address the conflict”.
Mikael Laursen leads the “FrikirkeNet”, a Danish project of free churches. He explains how they have had every third member of Parliament visiting a church.
Peaceful demonstrations call authorities to “stop closure of worship places”. Churches re-organise themselves in houses as the government threatens to close more buildings.
Thousands protest in Barcelona’s streets, airport and train stations. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says Spain is a “consolidated democracy” as the worst political crisis in forty years continues.
The three years since the vote to leave the EU have shown the heightened impact of speech on political culture and how that flows into society and community relations.
Protests in Hong Kong are “more and more violent”. “Pro-Beijing and pro-democracy sides taking communion together is a declaration to the world”, a pastor says.
Sixty women gathered in Amsterdam for the ‘Rise in Strength’ Consultation. “We all must engage in a positive dialogue, seeking reconciliation, to make our communities more empowered in Christ and safer places for all”.
Hundreds of thousands took the streets again. “We urge the Chief Executive to respond to the strong demands of the public to withdraw the Bill”, Hong Kong Christian Council said.
After protesters stormed Hong Kong’s legislative building, Christian leaders wrote a letter asking to “boycott any act that harms peace, and to express their views in a rational and peaceful manner”.
The danger facing Christians today is becoming truly trapped by the logic of immediatism. We are called to play the long-game, because church history tells us that God’s truth will outlast and outshine man’s ignorance.
The high turnout (76%) punished the conservative People's Party. New far-right party Vox enters parliament but will not be able to influence government.
Around 70 participants from all over Spain joined to work and pray together, reflecting about how the Bible gives answers to questions of the new generations.
Practical steps for strengthening the church.
In an era of polarized politics and dysfunctional governments, it is heartening to witness politicians act with courage, promptness, and moral clarity.
The President of the Spanish region of Murcia opened Idea2019, the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. “If there were many evangelicals, this region would be better”.
Efraim Tendero represented evangelical Christians at the Global Conference on Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi.
UK Anglican leaders released a statement praying for “courage, integrity and clarity for our politicians”. “Reconciliation is central to our future", Justin Welby said in the House of Lords.
The training of imams, the foreign influence on Germany's mosques, and the role of Islamic theology in universities, were some of the topics discussed at the German Islam Conference.
A bookshop in Barcelona hosted the event to celebrate the trajectory of the Spanish online magazine. It was a time of reunions, emotion and fresh commitment to the vision of building bridges between evangelical churches and society.