Politics and Society

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2017 European Politics and Society Network

The European Politics and Society Network is designed to teach key Christian political, legal, and social leaders how to be salt and light through effectively communicating Christ’s character in their respective contexts. Applicants should be those who are working in the areas of politics, law, campaigning, or community action. Both seasoned lawyers, activists, and campaigners and aspirants will benefit from the input of leading thinkers and practitioners. This Network will be led by Nola Leach and Charlie Hoare. Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.



Nola Leach is a co-leader of the European Politics and Society Network and serves as the Chief Executive of CARE (Christian Action Research & Education), one of Europe’s leading Christian charities, which provides resources and helps bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives. CARE undertakes a variety of social caring and educational programmes and research and is represented in the UK Parliaments and Assemblies. As Head of the Public Affairs team, Nola leads campaigns on topics such as human trafficking, Internet pornography, and the value of human life from its beginning to natural end. She has overseen the publication of Living Free, a sequel to the CARE book Searching for Intimacy – a resource designed to help those trapped in the net of Internet pornography. She has a passion for developing Christian leaders and heads up CARE’s unique Leadership Programme. She is increasingly in demand as both a writer and a public speaker, has penned numerous articles, and regularly appears in the media.


Charlie Hoare is a co-leader of the European Politics and Society Network. He received his Bachelor's degree in History at the University of Durham. After a year of working for a British Member of Parliament, he studied law before taking a Masters degree at the London School of Economics in social policy and non-profit management. From 1998- 2012 he was CARE’s International Director. For the past year he has acted as a consultant focusing on International work. In addition to representing CARE at the United Nations, he has helped establish a strategic global network of policy makers, academics, politicians, and diplomats at the national and regional levels. He is married to Eleanor; they have a son and two daughters.


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Fiona Bruce is a UK Member of Parliament and Chair of the UK Conservative Party’s Human Rights Commission. She is the national winner of a businesswoman of the year award, Women into Business, for the founding and successful development of her law firm, Fiona Bruce & Co. LLP. She has taken part in many community projects, including co-founding a homeless support project and a free legal advice clinic, and has worked for the development of a school in Tanzania and the promotion of economic growth in Rwanda. In Parliament, she campaigns on a wide range of topics, including pro-life issues, family policy and freedom of religion. She has led recent Parliamentary campaigns against euthanasia, for the recognition and prosecution of the genocide perpetrated by ISIS against Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities, and to ban sex-selective abortion. Fiona chairs a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups, including on Strengthening Couple Relationships, Religious Education, Alcohol Harm, North Korea, and Pro-Life issues. She sits on the UK Parliament’s International Development Select Committee and Joint Committee on Human Rights. Fiona is married to Richard, and they have two sons.


David Brown has been involved in church planting in France since 1976, and has planted three churches (two in Nancy and one in the Paris suburbs). At present he is “replanting” a church in central Paris (Église Protestante Évangélique de Paris-Villiers).  For the last ten years he has also been involved with the GBU (Groupes Bibliques Universitaires), the French student movement affiliated to IFES, firstly as General Secretary, and until recently as chair of the board.  He also chairs the Evangelism Commission of the French “National Council of Evangelicals” and teaches church planting at the Geneva Bible Institute.  He is married to Mary, and they have four adult children and six grandchildren.


Michael Cassidy, the founder of African Enterprise, has been involved in evangelism, teaching and leadership ministries since 1962, the year he launched AE in Pietermaritzburg. Today, AE has evangelistic teams in Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zim babwe. He has been instrumental in calling together several major gatherings of church leaders over the years and also played a leading role in behind-the-scenes negotiations in the run-up to the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994. Michael has written several books the latest being a treatise on John chapter 17, entitled The Church Jesus Prayed For. He is currently writing his memoirs. He is also an avid sports fan, particularly cricket, rugby, and tennis. He and his wife, Carol, live in Hilton, near Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. They have two daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren.


Atef Gendy has been serving as the president of the Evangelical Theological Seminary (ETSC), the largest and oldest protestant seminary in the Middle East, since 2000. In addition to his administrative duties, he continues his role as a Professor of New Testament at ETSC.  After initially working as a civil engineer, he served for eight years as director of a training center in the south of Egypt to help equip lay leaders for ministry in village churches. He graduated from ETSC in 1992 and was selected that same year as an instructor in New Testament. Dr. Gendy earned his PhD in 2001 from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland under I. Howard Marshall. He has written study notes for the book of Acts for the Bible Society of Egypt and had served as a translation consultant for the Revised Arabic Bible Translation (Van Dyke). He currently serves on the editorial committee for The Arabic Contemporary Commentary. He is also contributing with a commentary on Philemon and Colossians for the same project. Dr. Gendy is recognized as a leader in the Synod of the Nile (the Presbyterian Church) and the Council of Churches of Egypt.


Daryl McCarthy serves as Vice President of Academic Programs and Strategy with Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL). Besides directing the ELF Academic Network, he also directs the Cambridge Scholars Network. Daryl has traveled to more than 55 nations speaking at universities, conferences, and churches. In 1988 he helped start Global Scholars and served as President until 2014. Daryl has earned a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary, as well as graduate degrees from Nazarene Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Daryl and his wife Dr. Teri McCarthy lived in Lithuania 2010-2015 where they taught at Lithuania University of Educational Sciences in Vilnius. They have a son and a daughter who are both married and they have five grandchildren.


Emmanuel Ndikumana is the Founder and CEO of Partners Trust International (PTI), a not-for-profit organisation that invests in leadership and pastoral development through a triad of a school of theology and leadership, an international fellowship, and a development agency. He is the Francophone Africa Regional Director of the Lausanne Movement as well as the board chair for the Great Lakes Initiative (GLI), a community of restless Christian leaders across the African Great Lakes Region seeking to embody God’s vision of reconciliation, to inspire, form, and support other leaders in the region and beyond. Emmanuel has served previously with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) first as the General Secretary for Burundi and later as the Training Secretary for Francophone Africa.  He holds an MA degree in missiology; a BA (Hon.) degree in biblical and intercultural studies from All Nations Christian College/the Open University (UK). He is currently a PhD research student with the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in the UK.


Finny Philip, based in the city of Udaipur, is serving as the principal of the Filadelfia Bible College, a leading graduate school of theology in North India with over a thousand five hundred graduates. Well-known for his keen insights into the message of the Scripture, Dr. Finny Philip completed his PhD in New Testament from the University of Durham under the mentorship of esteemed New Testament scholar, James D.G. Dunn. His academic works include The Origins of Pauline Pneumatology (Mohr-Siebeck, WUNT Series), and he has served as one of the theological editors for the recently published South Asia Biblical Commentary: A One Volume Commentary on the Whole Bible (Open Door Publications, 2015). Dr. Philip is the Mission Director for the Filadelfia Fellowship Church of India, which has a network of 1,600 churches, and serves as pastor of the Rajasthan Pentecostal Church. Apart from other national responsibilities, he also serves as the regional director (RD) for The Lausanne Movement, and as the editor and director for Christian Trends, a bi-monthly magazine that tries to bring evangelical Christian thinking and writing at a popular level.




Freedom of Speech and Reasonable Accommodation

Fiona Bruce

In this session Fiona will explore the importance of freedom of speech and religion in society and look at issues of pluralism and equality. As both a qualified lawyer and a Member of the British Parliament in 2010; Fiona brings expertise in how religious freedoms are vitally important for the expression of our faith in society. Fiona has been involved in serval major projects in the UK looking at how the implementation of the reasonable accommodation could be used to protect Christians, and those of other faiths, to maximise their freedoms within society.


Panel Discussion: Religious Freedom

Fiona Bruce, Lars Dahle, Jacob Rudenstrand, and David Brown

An opportunity to discuss contemporary challenges and opportunities to Religious Liberty and Freedom of Speech in Europe and beyond.


Learning Community: Leadership in the Public Square

Atef Gendy and Finny Philip

This session will provide a unique opportunity to learn how God has grown and developed global leaders. The Network will learn together in community through opportunities for questioning and personal reflection. This particular learning community concept seeks to facilitate the best conversations possible around key topics that will bring about significant and long-lasting impact into the  lives and organisations to which participants belong.


Reconciliation in the Public Square

Michael Cassidy

In his comments Michael Cassidy will share out of the deep experiences of himself and his teams in the arenas of seeking reconciliation all across Africa, first in the Church and then spilling over into the Society and the Public Square. Michael will illustrate his points via stories out of reconciliation endeavours, for example in South Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, and elsewhere. He will also share about nation-changing gatherings and backstage Second-Track Diplomacy in the years running up to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Some of the latter contributed significantly to South Africa coming through to a peaceful resolution of its deep conflicts in the years leading up to 1994. He will also articulate some of the key principles of what he calls “The Politics of Love,” this being the title of one of his important books written before Apartheid came down. Michael believes some of these principles are relevant for many other situations around the world, as for example when he shared them in Northern and Southern Ireland.


A View from Africa's Great Lakes

Emmanuel Ndikumana

In this session Emmanuel will respond to Michael’s presentation to offer reflections from his position as chair of the board of the Great Lakes Initiative (GLI). The GLI is a community of restless Christian leaders across the African Great Lakes Region seeking to embody God’s vision of reconciliation, to inspire, form, and support other leaders in the region and beyond. Emmanuel is also Francophone Africa Regional Director of the Lausanne Movement.


The Reformation and Its Impact on Politics and the Christian Worldview

Daryl McCarthy

The Protestand Reformation dramatically transformed the sixteenth century world in ways that continue to greatly shape our world today. The Reformation brought foundational theological changes which led to a dramatically different view of God and the world. This worldview shift in turn significantly changed the social, political, cultural, and economic life of much of Europe. These changes continue to shape and impact our politics, our worldview, our economics, and our view of humanity today.


Where Do We Go From Here? Painting a Better Picture

Charlie Hoare

There is no area in the realm of politics and society into which our Christian faith does not speak. Across this Network participants have grappled with considerable issues of our day and sought to understand how we as Christians can best stand for the Lord and help His Church shine as a light for hope and truth. This session will bring together the key points that have emerged from across the four days with opportunities for participants to express their take-home points.


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