June 20th is World Refugee Day. We invite EBF member bodies to celebrate displaced peoples in our communities and learn more about the reality of refugee and asylum seekers.
After a mapping exercise conducted in 2015-2016 to see the response of EBF member bodies to the refugee crisis, it is time for an updated view. The EBF Commission on Migration is launching a mapping survey to better learn the ways EBF member bodies are currently working with and alongside forcibly displaced peoples across the EBF region.
Let us first understand what is going on in Israel/Palestine today. Recently, tensions grew stronger and violence spread all over the country in different forms. Following are some of the potential reasons behind this wave of violence.
Cristina Arcidiacono: Reflecting on the predicament of churches in the current pandemic, it occurred to me that our being together in this particular time is a new way of embodying church, and in a broader sense, an opportunity of deepening our vocation to be a church through life-giving relationships.
On the 11th of November 2020, the Baptist Union of Norway welcomed a new General Secretary, Bjørn Bjørnø (60). Although Bjørn is new to the Baptist Community, he was elected as a General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Norway after a long process of discernment with 24 candidates.
It is hard to believe that it is 10 years since a terrible civil war erupted in Syria. It has left over 380,000 people dead and a further 200,000 missed, presumed dead. Many have been injured, have lost their homes and millions forced to flee Syria for neighbouring countries such as Lebanon. But through the witness of Baptists in Syria, in Lebanon, and around the world God’s love and the light of Christ have penetrated the darkness of war and conflict.
As of March 1 this year, the Executive Board of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) has appointed David Gushee (US) as professor on the new endowed Chair of Christian Social Ethics at the Faculty of Religion and Theology and is established in cooperation with the International Baptist Theological Study Centre (IBTS Centre) in Amsterdam.
Following a regional search and interview process, the European Baptist Federation (EBF) has appointed Will Cumbia as the EBF Coordinator for the Migration Issues (part-time).
Inequality has been exposed in a multitude of ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. As disciples of Jesus, we anticipate his Kingdom of peace and justice and respond to our collective biblical mandate to confront all forms of human inequality. Our solemn plea is that the global vaccination plan would be a near-unprecedented model for global human equality.
It is with great regret that we have now had to take the decision that, because of the continuing presence of the Covid-19 Pandemic and great uncertainty about when international gatherings will again be possible, our SENT 2021 event will not now take place in Stavanger, Norway from 21st-25th July, as planned. Yet there is a strong invitation from Norwegian Baptists not to cancel the event but postpone it until July 2023, when they would hope to welcome us all to Stavanger for ‘SENT 2023’.