Yury Sipko, who served in the past as head of the Russian Evangelical Baptist Union, has publicly prayed for the end of the invasion in Ukraine and called the war “a crime”. In the past, he criticised the laws restricting religious freedom.
For Ukrainians, this is more than a minor issue of grammar. It involves the whole reason why Putin launched his misguided ‘special military operation’ in the first place.
The war revealed the importance of the local church responding to crisis. The church is a humanitarian army present in many communities, skilled and equipped as a team for service.
The president got over 52% of the vote and will lead the county five more years. Christians and other minorities still face restrictions in their freedoms.
Matthias Schöni, director of the Swiss Licht Im Osten, says a new truck with help is already on its way to Ternopil. After the attack, “we have received many food and financial donations”, he says.
France, Spain, Germany and Ukraine are mentioned in the 2023 USCIRF report, which was criticised for its way of addressing the persecution of Christians in Nigeria.
9 May marks the day in 1950 when France and Germany, laid down control of their war industries as a first step towards making war unthinkable.
In Sunderland (England), Cathie welcomed at home Alona, her two children and their grandma. They certainly miss Odesa, but have met other refugees and been active at church.
Europeans are mostly oblivious of the roots of the freedoms we enjoy, unaware of how much their foundations have already been undermined.
As an evangelical Christian, I specifically call upon my brothers and sisters in faith to make the first Sunday after Easter a day of mourning for the victims of wars.
Several people were fined for quoting "Thou shalt not kill" publicly. Parliament passed a draft law to punish the spreading of “false information” about Russian army.
We Christians are called to act as reconcilers in an unreconciled world, in the midst of the entangled positions of the enemies.
The song The Servant King is about the radical revelation of a God who came, ‘not be served but to serve’; and who calls us to do the same.
A family from Chernihiv (Ukraine) has been staying at Rosa’s home in Northern Italy for a year now. “For the girls, I’m their Italian grandmother”.
The protests helped reverse a 'foreign agent' law that would have had a negative impact on churches, say evangelicals in the Eastern European country.
What role can faith communities in Europe today play in recovering foundations for sustainable, just and flourishing societies?
The church that Kévin pastors in Montbéliard opened its doors to a grandmother, a mother and two teenagers. A few kilometres away, Delphine welcomed 4 other women.
Especially in the Ukraine war with all its religious sub-themes, the churches should talk to each other and deal with the religious roots of this war.
An evangelical worker in Ukraine describes the situation there, one year after the Russian invasion. Despite much pain and tears, they see “the hand of God”.
The regime of Lukashenko, a key ally of Russia, continues to jail those who dared to demand freedom and more democracy in the 2020 protests.
A statement by the Ukrainian, European and World Evangelical Alliances. “Jesus challenges us to stand with the vulnerable, even when that means confronting our own group and our own leaders”.
Participants gathered in Bucharest (Romania) to intercede for peace in the eastern part of the continent and for the healing and transformation of European nations.
A year ago, journalist Tanya Pinchuk worked for a Christian radio station in Ukraine. Now from Ireland she continues to tell the story of those who have not yet returned home.
Vladimir Putin justifies his war against Ukraine by claiming to protect Russia, at its historic borders. The question however is – what does he mean by 'historic'?
According to data presented by the Kyiv-based Institute for Religious Freedom, almost 500 religious sites have been damaged in the first year of the war.