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“We are guilty,” Gen. Secr. Council of Churches touched hearts

July 1st, 2013, it was 150 years since slavery was abolished in the Netherlands. Klaas van der Kamp, General Secretary of Council of Churches in the Netherlands acknowledges the guilt of the church in relation to their role during the time of slavery. We as GIDSnetwerk Rotterdam organized an event to facilitate a heart-to-heart discussion

May 3rd, 2014|

About the book project ‘God ain’t white’

In the book ‘God ain’t white’ (only available in Dutch) we take the reader on a journey through the history of slavery. Through personal interviews with black people you become aware how the past still affects society today. We talk with white pastors how theology influenced the view of slavery. Others share how they have

April 6th, 2013|

Can we re-write laws?

Sharon Stone: ‘We don’t have to twist arms; people know what is right. Truth has authority’ Can we re-write laws? The Mayor of the town turned to her, and asked, “Sharon, what can you do for me?” Churches had gathered that day. The mayor continued and told about the problems with migrants, prisons, youth. “That

April 19th, 2012|

Is social justice on the church agenda?

Antonie Fountain (32) and George Verwer (73) discuss social justice issues At Call2All  A conference on mission in Europe. "Social justice is more than a good deed - it's at the heart of mission, because it's at the heart of God" (George Verwer) “Justice is not on the church agenda,” says Antonie Fountain, while looking at

April 17th, 2012|

Ways to get involved with modern-day slavery

With Stephen Goode, internationally overseeing YWAM Relief & Development “Lord, what is the pain in my city? Who are the ones enslaved and hurting - I don’t know about? Will you show and bring me in contact with them?”  That became my prayer after the Hope for Europe conference in Budapest. The theme in our

April 9th, 2012|

Abolishment of slavery & poverty in East End

With John Hayes in John Newton's church downtown London. 'THE FUTURE GROWS OUT OF THE PAST' May 22nd it will be 225 years ago that the Clapham Saints decided to battle slavery. This group of twelve, mainly young guys in their twenties (also joined by some influential women) were up against enormous forces. "They are

April 9th, 2012|

It’s time to make poverty personal

'WE'VE MADE POVERTY POLITICAL, IT'S TIME TO MAKE IT PERSONAL' A battle worth fighting... We need to personally engage with the poor, is John Hayes' conviction: "As nations, we’ve made poverty political and we’ve made it professional, and in so doing, we’ve patronized people in poverty and treated them as a problem.  Instead, we need

April 3rd, 2012|

The pain in our cities; we can’t ignore it (2)

During the city track of Hope for Europe in Budapest, we reflected on pain in our cities. We shared deeply, on a personal, ministry and city level. Pain has to do with sin and injustices. So what can we do to challenge unjust systems? As a networker and communicator in a Western European city, the

May 16th, 2011|

The pain in our cities; we can’t ignore it (1)

Jennifer Tunehag-Roemhildt How do we handle pain in our cities? This was the main theme in the city-track at Hope for Europe 2011 conference in Budapest. Living in the affluent city of Rotterdam, I enjoy all the good things the city has to offer, but it’s tempting to ignore the hidden pain and injustices that

May 15th, 2011|