Alexandra Ellish: The subject which most captured the imaginations and enthusiasm of the church in Belgrade centred around a key Anabaptist conviction: that Jesus in the person of the Holy Spirit is present and active in every member of the church community and that each person has something to give, say or contribute in the life of the community.
Lebanon, has an important and strategic role to play in the Middle East region. And the Church has an invaluable role to play both in Lebanon and beyond. We already see encouraging fruits, outcome of the ministry of compassion that the Church is leading amongst people affected by the Syria war. We do not want another war in the region, nor can we handle more pain and suffering in our country.
IBTSC is looking to appoint a suitably qualified person to the post of Director of IBTSC who will carry forward the IBTSC commitment to deliver high quality theological education and research from a baptistic perspective in an international context.
Religious freedom should become a political priority for the UK and other Governments, not only for the benefits of adherents under pressure but also in the battle against radicalisation.
The European Refugee situation is settling down. There are no more masses arriving, many procedures are in place and quarrels over the quota are given to the European Court of Justice to solve. Is the crisis over? This was one of the questions asked at the annual meeting of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) that took place in Tallinn, Estonia from 16 to 18 October 2017.
The EBF Anti-Trafficking Working Group met in The Netherlands from October 8th-10th in Lauran Bethell’s home to plan for the coming year.
The World Alliance of Hungarian Baptists held its 4th Congress in Debrecen, Hungary on August 4-6th, 2017. BWA President Paul Msiza and EBF General Secretary Tony Peck represented the world wide Baptist family at the Hungarian celebration.
The Revd Jenni Entrican has become the new President of the European Baptist Federation (EBF). Jenni, a former President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, became the second woman to assume the role following her induction at the EBF’s annual council in Yerevan, Armenia.
Rev Prof Dr Henk Bakker has been appointed to the James Wm. McClendon Chair for Baptistic and Evangelical Theologies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Seven partners signed a Partnership Agreement at the Baptist House in Amsterdam, September 1, 2017.
Today, on 23 August 2017, Karen and Knud Wümpelmann celebrate their 70th marriage anniversary. In the 1970s and 80s Knud Wümpelmann first served as President and later as General Secretary for the EBF. We congratulate Karen and Knud wholeheartedly, and wish them much love, joy and peace, and God’s blessings for the days to come!