Are the effects of Communism still burdening our present in Europe; in terms of political relations, sociological findings and church fellowship? Does “post-communism” mean anything or is it just an idea? Is there still a gap between East and West, two decades after the fall of the iron curtain? In short – is the past of Communism still a challenge to the European community? How are we, as churches, involved in this conversation?
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Rome (ENI). The joint synod of Italy's Waldensian and Methodist Protestant churches has, as the denominations' highest governing body, agreed to authorise the blessing of same-sex couples in church under certain conditions.
eni, 30 August 2010
Edinburgh (ENI). The Scottish government was right to show compassion and to release the Libyan man convicted of the 1988 bombing of a U.S. plane over Scotland, an official of the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland has said.
bs, 23 August 2010
Europe Covenanting for Justice
Edited by Martina Wasserloos-Strunk in cooperation with Martin Engels
Grand Rapids, United States
Called to communion, committed to justice
By Chris Meehan, News editor
In a spirit of unity and cooperation, the newly formed World Communion of Reformed Churches made several decisions, "heard the Gospel of reconciling love," and prepared itself to respond "in joyful hope" to a range of issues in churches and the world, the WCRC said in a final message statement issued Saturday (26 June 2010).
The Accra Confession in Europe
A new book edited by Martina Wasserloos-Strunk in cooperation with Martin Engels
By Chris Meehan, news editor
Jerry Pillay came to the Uniting General Council in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from South Africa as simply one of hundreds of delegates. The pastor and church leader travelled to the Upper Midwest of the United States to help conduct business that led last week to the creation of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC).But Friday afternoon, Pillay became more than a delegate - and it happened the day after his 45th birthday - when he was overwhelmingly elected as the first president of the WCRC.
By Jerry L. Van Marter, UGC correspondent
More than 80 million Reformed Christians in 108 countries around the world formally united Friday when the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC) approved articles of union and a constitution bringing them together as the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC).