The Mayor of Seville received the Spanish news website Protestante Digital prize, which celebrates coexistence. A hundred people attended an emotional event.
The pastor of the Evangelical Church of Castelldefels (Spain) looks back at the first 7 years of work in the city and addresses the current challenges.
The award goes in its fourteenth edition to the Seville City Council. The city promotes a touristic route of Protestant history and has named several streets after Evangelical women.
The event was attended by around a thousand people, including local authorities of the Spanish city.
The project, offered by the Evangelical Council to show the impact of Reformed faith in theSpanish city, received full support from the authorities.
A church in southern Spain was awarded an Honourable Mention by the City Council. “The Lord blessed us today to continue blessing others”, they said.
A representative of the local authorities congratulated the graduates. Spanish evangelical leaders also attended the event.
The Council had justified its decision because of previous comments on sexuality of one of the speakers. Now it admits that it "acted unlawfully” and against religious freedom.
New Textile Life is a textile workshop that aims to give people at risk of exclusion “an opportunity to regain an independent life”.
The Spanish Vice President presented a project to provide city councils with tools and resources “to manage religious diversity with equality, freedom and tolerance”.
The strict requirements to regularise the situation of the places of worship in some Catalonian municipalities were discussed last summer at the UN Human Rights Council.
On the 500th anniversary of his birth, Andalusian evangelicals and authorities “remember, not only Casiodoro de Reina, but all those who contributed to have the Bible in Spanish”.
The Modern Christian Mission church in Fuerteventura is hosting over newly arrived 150 migrants. “The island is helpless in matters of migration, we only have God”, the pastor says.
The regional High Court rules that it is not lawful for the Madrid City Council to ask an evangelical church to meet the requirements of recreational activities. The ruling could create a legal precedent.
The Andalusian city of Rota honours pastor Fidel Gutiérrez for his 32 years of service “helping the families in need”, the mayor said.
Pastor Richard Smith was elected Mayor of Ferryhill in May. “My faith in Christ is what drives me to help people regardless of their faith, colour, culture, sexuality, or political persuasion”, he said.
The blaze started in an old nightclub nearby. Around 40 people were evacuated.“Building or no building, the church will worship God and serve our community”, the pastor says.
The Mayoress of the city, Ada Colau, said: “This is an act of justice with Protestantism and with the city, which cannot deny that part of itself”.
Researcher and well known politician Josep Lluís Carod-Rovira led a cultural event with both evangelical leaders and representatives of the Catalan society.
It is unusual that the Council of a big Spanish city officially promotes and supports an evangelical event.