In the run up to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, European churches are urging the European institutions to increase their efforts to ensure respect and protection of places of worship and holy sites, both in the EU law and in the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
These church leaders were participants of a conference organised by the Conference or European Churches and the Church of Cyprus, in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 9-10 November.Read more
Amman, Jordan – “When the West looks at Christianity of the East, they don’t look at the mosaic, they look at the Orthodox, not the Evangelicals,” said, The Rev. Dr. Habib Badr of Lebanon. This describes the environment which Middle Eastern Evangelicals are living, in the shadows of and looking toward the future of the Reformation.Read more
A New School Year Begins...
This time of year in the United States and Canada, children and grandchildren are walking, skipping, and riding back to school. Arithmetic, Spelling, and Social Studies; AP Chemistry, Algebra II, and World History; recess, Friday night football, and school carnivals march through the field of young minds. Parents and congregations gather school supplies so that every student - and even their teachers - can begin the school year well. Many churches bless children and their backpacks as they begin the start of a new year.Read more
The FCEI-Mediterranean Hope Project was Awarded The Global Ministries Award of Affirmation. NEV Agency
Marta Bernardini, MH’s operator was there as Mediterranean Hope representative, and she said: "We are honoured to receive this award by a so important international partner, who supports us in this difficult work we have been doing. Together as churches that want to witness the Gospel but know the challenges of our time, we try to break the isolation and the defeat that often pervades us, by remembering each other where we want to stay and what we want fight.“ Read more...Read more
Syriac Patriarch visits CEC, European Institutions: An ancient faith in the midst of contemporary conflict
The patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, visited the Conference of European Churches office in Brussels today following an international conference at the European Parliament highlighting the future of Christianity in Iraq.Read more
Message from Dr. Riad Jarjour, President,
Forum for Development, Culture, and Dialogue
In this bleak context, hopes to achieve peace and stability remain afar, and it is therefore impossible to assuage fears, to comfort the people, and to improve the situation at the social, economic and security levels. It only seems that we are getting one step closer to a World War Three, which takes the Middle East as a battleground, and its people as victims.
In the midst of a turbulent, not to say blazing East, the FDCD spared no effort in sowing the seeds of peace, disseminating the culture of coexistence and dialogue, and being the glimmer of hope to the youth and to the generation of war, thus urging them not to migrate, but to love, resist and stay in their hometown.Read more
Like a morning coffee, by Irene Cocco, volunteer of Mediterranean Hope at the Observatory of Lampedusa
"There were about one hundred and fifteen people without nothing left and so we departed. The journey lasted six hours until an Italian ship rescued us in international waters. I am safe and I have to go back to being who I was. I have to start playing sports. I have to start walking. I have to stop thinking about Libya, where one day lasted a month and the beatings were daily, like the morning coffee here in Italy.” Read more...Read more
The presence of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) in the Middle East is known for having a spiritual and service-based nature, working eagerly to share the love and justice of God. This can be seen through the Synod’s commitment to being vessels of service and reconciliation. The Synod field of work in Syria and Lebanon includes around 38 churches, 4,000 active members, and more than 20 ordained pastors.
Written by Dr. Mary Mikhael*
Greetings and every blessing from above!
Some of you have received my Easter letter that sounded hopeless even in the season of hope. I have weakened by so many depressing events around Easter. To watch the children suffocating, and the elderly lying helpless, and hear the news of the missiles striking an airport in Syria by order of Mr. Trump, plus other painful stories, were all the source of hopelessness.Read more