The government says it has investigated around one hundred mosques and Muslim prayer halls because of possible “separatist” ideology. The Islamic worship place will remain closed for six months after the authorities said some of its preaching incited hatred and promoted an “apology of the jihad”, regional sources told news agency AFP.
The 'anti-separatism' law strengthens the secularist narrative ahead of the 2022 elections. Meanwhile, a depersonalized Christmas continues to be celebrated on the streets.
A survey carried out by Bible Society on behalf of Ecclesiastical Insurance found that over a quarter of churches (27 per cent) are concerned about the impact of another lockdown on their local community. A third said that they were worried about the mental health impact on individuals of another lost Christmas, separated from family and friends. A quarter of churches say that they have stepped up to support the most vulnerable members of their communities, including running food banks, offering financial advice and providing homeless services.
On 14th November the centenary of the creation of the Portuguese Evangelical Alliance (AEP) was celebrated in the Igreja do Mirante, the oldest evangelical church in Porto. It is a beautiful Methodist building full of light.
On a recent trip to the Seychelles, World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Secretary General Bishop Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher met with the island nation’s President speaking about the country’s positive track record on fighting corruption, ensuring freedom of religion and belief and its efforts to protect the environment. He also held meetings with the leadership of the Seychelles Evangelical Alliance discussing the situation around Covid-19, the churches’ involvement in creation care and the Alliance’s leadership in the interreligious council, among others.
What is the impact of the Plan B measures on churches in England? The measures do not prevent churches from undertaking any activities that they are currently doing, however, churches may wish to consider whether further steps in addition to the legally required ones noted below are worth implementing.
The theme of the upcoming Prayer Week 2022, "Sabbath: Living To The Rhythm of God," emphasizes the uniqueness of Sabbath which has a different quality compared to the other days of the week. The Sabbath is an incredibly ingenious gift from God that follows a different logic, and through Prayer Week 2022, you will come to experience various aspects of this reality.
The amazing story of God’s work in Albania has deep roots that go back to the first preaching of the gospel by the Apostle Paul to the Illyrians, the ancestors of today’s Albanians in the first century (Romans 15:19).The more recent secondary roots of the Evangelicals in Albania go back to the great contribution of British and American missionaries in the first decades of 1800s with the publication of the first Bible in Albanian in 1827.
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