Issachar Project resources

Call to Action – General Assembly 2019

The EEA is calling the Evangelical church in Europe to act around the issue of safety and security. This paper is a result of this years´s General Assembly under the topic “On the road home: How to journey safely”. During the conference, National Evangelical Alliances, Affiliate Members of the EEA and Hope for Europe-Networks were

A FRENCH PERSPECTIVE ON EVANGELICAL SOCIO-POLITICAL PRIORITIES

A FRENCH PERSPECTIVE ON EVANGELICAL SOCIO-POLITICAL PRIORITIES Speach of Etienne Lhermenault, President of CNEF during 2017 CNEF’s assembly. He expresses his dismay that many Christians have succumbed to a politics of fear and rejection, or have prioritised defending values over sharing the Gospel of salvation. Lhermenault do not advocate withdrawal from socio-political matters. He calls

Left-wing Populism in Europe

This paper has been commissioned by EEA and written by X. Manuel Suárez.

LOVING OUR NATION WELL: A RESOURCE FOR CHRISTIANS AND CHURCHES

EEA resource designed for individual Christians, home groups and local churches.  It invites us to celebrate what is great about our nation from the Lord’s perspective. It creates the opportunity consider how to be proud of our dual citizenship – our national and our eternal one in Christ. It gives questions to ponder so that we make sure that our loyalty to Christ always comes first.

LIBERAL-VALUES-DOGMATISM

This paper has been commissioned by EEA and written by X. Manuel Suárez.

NATIONALISM, POPULISM, POLITICS AND IDENTITY

This paper examines identity politics and nationalism, raising questions about how the Church should relate to the State and how Christians balance their sense of belonging and joy in their national identity with their first loyalty to Christ.

THE SECULARISATION OF POLITICS

This paper has been commissioned by EEA.
Author:Dr David Landrum, Director of Advocacy, EAUK

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO EUROPE’S POLITICS?

EEA paper written by Julia Doxat-Purser (EEA Socio-Political Representative and Religious Liberty Coordinator)

WHAT KIND OF SOCIETY?

If society was more loving, more free, more just, and more truthful, we would all benefit. This document contains the UK Evangelical Alliance’s vision for the kind of society they want the UK to become.

What kind of society? Summary Booklet

A short booklet produced by the UK Evangelical Alliance. It provides a vision for the kind of world that we want our children and grandchildren to grow old in.  This summary booklet presents an introduction to the four themes of love, freedom, justice and truth, along with what Christians and churches can do in response of today’s

Socio-Political resources

Protecting Converts against Deportation to Countries where Christians are persecuted

Protecting Converts against Deportation to Countries where Christians are persecuted Survey on the Situation of 6,516 Converts in Germany, published by Open Doors Deutschland e.V. Executive Summary 1) Christian converts are the group most severely affected by persecution of Christians worldwide. With their fleeing to Germany, many converts try to escape exactly this persecution and

 “WHEN A RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PROBLEM ARISES…”

A simple guide to help you respond effectively and receive appropriate support from EEA and other partners.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF FOR ALL (CHRISTIANS)?

Short article written by Arie de Pater EEA Brussels Representative on whether or not to advocate for Freedom of Religion or Belief for all.

MIT GEWALT GEGEN GEWALT

Article on using violence against violence from Theological seminary Bienenberg

Human Identity resources

Micah Network: Gender Policy

Right from the start Micah Network (2001) has been addressing issues of gender disparity, inequality and injustice. In 2009, Micah Network produced an interim Gender Policy. At that time it was noted that it would be reviewed in the future as they hoped the discussions of the Micah Gender Community of Practice will feed into this process. Resources of

SEXUALITY EDUCATION

EurECA Position Paper on Sexuality Education. While different sides can agree upon the importance of sexuality education, there are disagreements regarding the philosophical, theological and thus anthropological views behind sexuality education.   DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

GENDER MAINSTREAMING

EurECA paper “Gender Mainstreaming & Related Issues: A short overview about Gender Mainstreaming, its history and its relationship to Non-Discrimination/Diversity Mainstreaming”   DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

WHEN TWO BECOME ONE

Original title:“När två blir ett. Sex och samlevnad ue wrr kristet perspektiv.” /’When two become one. Sex & togetherness from a Christian perspective.’/ This Youth resources are developed by the Swedish EA and are available in Swedish. DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

THE IDEOLOGY OF GENDER

Original title:“Origen y desarollo de la ideologia de genero, fundamentos teologicos del matrimonio y la familia” /’The origin and development of the ideology of gender, Theological foundations of marriage and the family’/. This resource developed by the Spanish EA and it is available in Spanish. DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

A Christian Understanding of Sex & Human Flourishing

“A Christian Understanding of Sex & Human Flourishing” – Part 1 Understanding and Responding to the Sexual Revolution. This resource contains 6 lessons with videos & questions and is developed by From the Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL). DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

TRANSFORMED

“Transformed: A brief biblical and pastoral introduction to understanding transgender in a changing culture” This resource has been produced by EAUK and it seeks to help Christians, as individuals and gathered communities, begin to understand and respond well to transgender individuals and the broader ideological movement. DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

HUMAN RIGHTS AND EDUCATION

EEA paper on “Human Rights and Education – What are the rights of parents, children and teachers when they object to parts of the curriculum?”. This briefing gives advice for those who think that some school lessons, most likely to be on religion or sex and gender issues, clash with their beliefs. DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

LGBT+ Rights

“LGBT+ Rights – responding to a changing world” This paper has been commissioned by EEA and contains reflections on theology, communication, legal & policy issues. DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

A GOOD NEWS APPROACH TO GENDER ISSUES

This paper is based on a longer policy framework document approved by EEA’s Public Policy Authorisation Team. DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

Church resources

At your service

Freedom of religion or belief for all has always been a top priority for EEA, for our work in Brussels but also for our interactions with our members and partners. The people most qualified to understand and respond well to the freedom of religion problems in a nation are, of course, those in that nation. So EEA is dedicated to strengthening its national Evangelical Alliances so that they can play their important role.

Law & Justice

On the occasion of the ‘Year of the Bible’ endorsed by the World Evangelical Alliance, the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) is focusing on the communication theme ‘The Relevance of the Bible for European Societies’ for the second half of the year 2020. Jeff Fountain, initiator of the Schuman Center for European Studies, has devoted a series of articles in his weekly column ‘Weekly Word’ to the relevance of the Bible to numerous areas of life in European society and has kindly agreed to make these articles available to the EEA.

Putting your nation in the spotlight at the United Nations

Did you know that every four and a half years, every nation on earth has its human records thoroughly checked by the United Nations (UN)? And did you know that it is not that hard for national Evangelical Alliances to help shine a light on where you think your nation needs to do better? Basically, every 3 years, the UN questions every country very thoroughly in a “universal periodic review” (UPR). And the wonderful World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) team at the UN in Geneva could help you submit a report on the human rights issues which concern you most.

Pray for the persecuted church

When we think about Freedom of Religion or Belief, we often think about ‘the persecuted church’, brothers and sisters in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, or Pakistan who are paying a heavy price for following Jesus. And they do, no doubt about it. But the term ‘the persecuted church’, justified as the use may be, can easily create a certain distance.

Religious Freedom and the Italian Evangelical Alliance

In Italy, if you are not Roman Catholic, you can sometimes feel second class. And sometimes you really are treated as second class in religious matters. But the Italian Evangelical Alliance rejects a sense of victimhood. They do not minimise the challenges that faith minorities face. But they do not want to be obsessed by them. Nor do they want Evangelicals withdrawing from society.

Information is the start towards change

If you want to know how to strengthen your religious freedom, you need to start by knowing what is happening. And then the next step is to share the information with others so that they may be willing to help. The Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey (EEA’s member body in Turkey) really understand these two points.

FoRB in Brussels

Freedom of Religion or Belief is a long-standing priority for the EEA office in Brussels. The EEA was one of the founding members of the European Platform against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination (EPRID). This interfaith platform brings together a diverse group of faith-based organisations, united in their desire to defend and promote Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Former EEA President Willi Sartorius passed away

Swiss pastor Willi Sartorius served for many years in the 1990s as President of the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) and at the same time served as pastor in the Reformed Church of Switzerland. On 18 October, Willi Sartorius passed away.

Blessed are the peacemakers: Praying for France

The murder of Samuel Paty was shocking. This teacher wanted his class to think about free speech and offence by inviting his pupils to consider the Charlie Hebdo cartoons ridiculing Islam. But false rumours of a mocking tone in the classroom led to more rumours and the eventual Islamist terrorist attack upon him.

The EEA Brussels office in Corona times

Our social-political work in Brussels is a lot about building and maintaining relationships. Covid-19 is seriously limiting the ability to do so. So, how is the Brussels office dealing with the current situation?
Building and maintaining relationships with parliamentarians and their staff, with policy makers, and with the many non-governmental organisations working in Brussels, is crucial for the work of the EEA office in the European Union’s capital.

Family, Children & Youth resources

THE FAMILY CHALLENGE CAMPAIGN

Materials on the Family challenge campaign from Transform World, supported by WEA. Family Challenge Booklet Facing the Global Family Challenge

Resources on relationships with Muslims

Why the West fears Islam

In this article Bert de Ruiter challenges the fear which many Christians in Europe have when they think of Islam and Muslims. DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

Undoing Islamophobia

Bert de Ruiter writes on the Christian answer to Islamophobia in Europe . DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

Seeing with our inner eye

Bert de Ruiter writes on the politics of fear and defends the idea that each Muslim in Europe needs a Christian friend. DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

My answer to Eurabia

Bert de Ruiter reflects on the Eurabia theory and its impact in Europe. DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

How to develop our integrative complexity

A short paper  by Bert de Ruiter on Integrative complexity or how we perceive reality. DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

2017/18 TRAINING COURSES REACHING OUT TO MUSLIMS

Bert de Ruiter (EEA Consultant for Christian-Muslim Relations) has put together a flyer, offering training to EEA Members and Affiliates. Besides these existing courses, Bert is available to conduct training, seminars and workshops on a variety of topics related to Christian-Muslim relations in Europe.   DOWNLOAD RESOURCE

Roman Catholic resources

INDULGENCIES

A free copy of the book by Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher Indulgences A History of Theology and Reality of Indulgences and Purgatory A Protestant Evaluation DOWNLOAD RECOURCES

The State of Europe resources

LAUSANNE GLOBAL ANALYSIS

Two article on the spiritual state of Europe “Europe: A most strategic mission field” by Jeff Fountain “Europe’s Crisis: God’s opportunity” by Jim Memory