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February 2014

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FEBRUARY 2014

In this Edition: Europe; Africa; Asia; Australia; Global; Middle East; USA; Religious Freedom

EUROPE 

 

  • England
    On 28 January the House of Lords defeated an amendment which would have made sex education compulsory across all state-funded primary schools in England and also undermined the parental right of withdrawal by abolishing it once a child reaches 15. There is wide concern about the sexualisation of children via explicit materials in the media.
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  • AUSCHWITZ CONFERENCE - PRE-EUROPEAN LEADERSHIP FORUM
    On 23-24 May, preceding this year's European Leadership Forum, Dr William Edgar, apologetic speaker and professor, will lead a Pre-Forum Conference on the historical, moral, and theological significance of the Auschwitz death camp. The conference will include discussion of memoirs from those who lived during the Holocaust as well as a trip on Saturday to the neighbouring camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, located about an hour from Wisla.
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  • UK
    Graham Kendrick is appearing at Prom Praise at the Royal Albert Hall at 7.30pm on 26th April. He will be performing as a special guest artist of the All Souls Orchestra and Massed Prom Praise Choir. Prom Praise combines the spirit of the popular British TV programme 'Songs of Praise' with the style of the 'Last Night of the Proms'.
    Contact: Royal Albert Hall Box Office +44 20 7589 8212 www.royalalberthall.com 
  • Scotland
    According to the Evangelical Alliance, the passing of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill will result in inevitable consequences that will forever change the landscape of Scottish society in the years to come. 'Marriage and the family are the bedrock of society and we should be celebrating and encouraging them, but this legislation does neither,' said Fred Drummond, director of Evangelical Alliance Scotland. 'The changes have stripped husband and wife of their obvious meaning.'
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  • RUSSIA
    Russian state schools offer different interpretations of the religion and ethics course introduced in September 2012. In one Siberian school, only the Orthodox Culture module was offered as a headteacher claimed 'we live in an Orthodox country'. A teacher in a different school tried to convey to pupils that 'we may believe in different religions but we should respect one another'. Pupils may choose one module from six on Secular Ethics, Foundations of World Religious Cultures, Foundations of Orthodox, Islamic, Jewish or Buddhist Culture.
    Source: Forum 18 News Service 
  • UK
    The Damaris Trust is encouraging Christians to set up a free Damaris Film Club. These bring together friends, families, clubs and communities to share, explore, reflect and discuss movies, their themes and the ideas they raise. Members get priority access to the free official resources provided by Damaris, in addition to opportunities to see advance previews and even win tickets to red carpet premieres.
    Visit: www.damaris.org/filmclubs
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  • POLAND
    The website 'Looking for God' has just had its two millionth unique visitor. 'Unique' means that even if an individual visits the website several times it only counts as one visitor. The official population of Poland is 38 million and the figure gives some indication of the effectiveness of this medium for reaching people.
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  • GERMANY
    The 34TH ANNUAL 'International Christian Artists Seminar' will take place in Germany on August 2-7 at the KSI (Katholisch-Soziales Institut) in Bad Honnef. It moved in 2011 to Germany where a lot of new workshops could be added. Workshops are available in: music; stage arts; visual arts; communication. All available workshops can be found on: wwwchristianartists.org, as well as the line-up of the 50 professional artists/teachers and speakers.
    Contact: Leen La Riviere This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • UK
    The House of Lords has backed a key amendment to protect free speech in the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill. On 8 January Peers voted by 306 to 178 - a majority of 128 - to support the amendment, tabled by senior police figure Lord Dear.
    Source: The Christian Institute
  • ITALY
    The Signis World Congress 2014 will take place in Rome from 25 February to 1 March on the theme 'Media for a Culture of Peace: Creating Images with the New Generation'. The detailed programme of the Congress is now online at www.signisworldcongress.net. Fr Antonio Spadaro, SJ, editor-in-chief of the influential Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica, will give the opening address.
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  • UK
    Children are living in an 'unprecedented toxic climate' in which they skip meals to stay thin, get bombarded by porn, are bullied and fear they will be failures amid a 'continous onslaught of stress at school'. The charity Young Minds said the UK was sitting on a 'mental health time bomb' and action was needed by Government, schools and parents to help young people cope with the pressures of modern-day life.
    Source: 'I' Newspaper 20 January 2014
     
  • GERMANY
    About 3,000 people from over 50 countries attended Mission-Net's biannual congress. 'This is a concert of prayer for the nations, both within Europe but beyond to the world,' Jason Mandryk, author of the seventh edition of 'Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation', told the Christian Post.
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AFRICA

  • ZIMBABWE ANGLICANS ARE PREPARING FOR WOMEN'S ORDINATION
    The Bishop of Harare Chad Gandiya has thanked three women priests from the Church of England who travelled to Zimbabwe with Bishop Brian Castle. The three women visited various parishes in the Diocese of Harare and were surprised by the warm reception they received in those parishes. At its Provincial Synod held in November last year, the Church of the Province of Central Africa, of which Zimbabwe is a part, voted against a motion to allow individual dioceses to ordain women. Bishop Gandiya said: 'We are going to continue with the training we are giving to the laity - in particular women - in theology.'
    Source: Anglican News Service (ACNS) 
  • ALGERIA
    A Christian family in Algeria has been refused permission to bury their son in the local public cemetery because he was not a Muslim. Naraoui's family, who live in Chemini in the Kabylie region of northern Algeria, said they could not follow the Muslim leaders' demands and instead chose to bury their son on private land. On 27 January two Algerians were sentenced to four months in prison for failing to adhere to the Muslim fast of Ramadan. The verdict was handed down at the criminal court of Sidi Aich in the Kabylie region. Neither man is a Christian.
    Source: World Watch Monitor 
  • NIGERIA
    Abuja - The Most Revd Nicholas Okoh, Anglican Primate of Nigeria, has advised Nigerians to tread the path of peace and shun all acts of violence, especially as the nation prepares for general election in 2015. He said Nigerians should continue to have confidence in God because 'God has always rescued us in times of difficulties and anxieties'.
    Visit: www.nigerianobservernews.com


ASIA

  • INDIA
    A leading figure in the Church of South India (CSI) claims that the Media work against justice and peace. Viji Varghese Eapen, Director of CSI's Department of Ecumenical Relations & Ecological Concerns, spoke following a press conference in Chennai in which journalists asked which political parties the Church would support in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. 'We leave that decision to the local dioceses,' he said, ' but in general, we would stand with the parties that strive for the cause of minorities, the poor and the marginalised. It is sad to note that the media are taking a stand with the perpetrators of violence and injustice.
    Contact: Anglican News Service
  • CAMBODIA
    Eight young-spirited minds from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam came together for the SIGNIS Asia Video Journalists (VJ) programme at the Catholic Social Communication Centre of Cambodia in November 2013 for a week-long exploration into images and sounds for empowering the underprivileged. 'Let's be the voice of the voiceless through our lenses' was their motto! 'Let's look at the reality and raise questions.'
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  • FIJI
    The Uniting Church in Australia has been saddened to hear of the death of the President of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma, Rev Dr Tuikilakila K Waqairatu, former General Secretary of the Church. The Methodist Church in Fiji is the largest Christian denomination in Fiji with 36% of the population. 'My dear friend Rev Waqairatu was committed to reform the church so it would be faithful to the Gospel and alert to changes happening in Fiji and across the Pacific,' said Dr Enright, Uniting Church World National Director.
    Contact: Rev Dr Kerry Enright Tel +61 2 8267 4267 
     

AUSTRALIA 

GLOBAL

MIDDLE EAST

  • MIDDLE EAST
    Based on the success of previous projects, Family Life Network is continuing its partnership with Cairo-based SAT-7 to create three new short creative films designed for Arabic-speaking women 18-35 years of age. The films will air both on SAT-7's show 'Thread & Needle' and on FLN's social media. Visit www.fln.ca to view existing Arabic-language content.
    Contact: Claude Pratt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     
  • ISRAEL
    Researchers say that the inscription on a piece of pottery proves its biblical authenticity. A 3,000-year-old inscription found on the remains of a jug, discovered in Jerusalem, is evidence of King Solomon's reign, according to a Jewish professor of ancient history. Gershon Galil, from the University of Haifa, in Israel, believes the first part of the inscription indicates it came from the twentieth or thirtieth year that Solomon was on the throne.
    Source: Daily Mail 21/1/14
     
  • IRAN
    At the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival, a jury set by SIGNIS and the Fajr Festival gave an interfaith award to Resa Mirkarimi for its film 'Today'. In the film, a taxi driver encounters a beaten pregnant mother and takes her to hospital. 'Today' tells the tale of this good man waiting in a hostile and accusing environment and a long journey of confidence.
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  • BAHRAIN
    The refurbished Bible Society Centre in Bahrain has opened in partnership with St Christopher's Cathedral. Hrayr Jebejian, General Secretary of the Bible Society in the Gulf, says 'We see this as an added venture, to enhance the Churches' Ministry in engaging the Scripture Message with the young and the old and people of different cultures, with short or long experiences of faith.'
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NORTH AMERICA

  • USA
    National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) has filed its Amicus Curiae ('friend of the court') brief with the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases. The appeals involve the religious objections of family-owned companies against having to carry abortion-inducing drug coverage in their insurance plans as compelled by the Affordable Care Act. Dr Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, noted, 'We stand with Hobby Lobby for the sanctity of human life and the First Amendment freedom to live out that conviction'.
    Contact: Kenneth Chan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     
  • USA
    The American Bible Society has released a ranking of US cities according to their 'Bible-mindedness'. Chattanooga, Tennessee, was ranked as the nation's most Bible-minded city; while the people of Providence, Rhode Island, and New Bedford, Massachusetts, were the most sceptical about the scriptures.
    Visit: Huffingtonpost.com
     

 

 

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