Persecution of Christians worldwide has become such a significant issue that Release International, Open Doors, Christian Solidarity Worldwide and the Evangelical Alliance have joined together to form the Religious Liberty Commission.
The Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) exists to speak up for Christians who are persecuted because of their faith. While it has this specific mandate to speak up for Christians, it strongly believes in the rights of all people, of any faith or none, to have freedom of religion or belief, including the freedom to convert.
The RLC was officially launched on 4 February 2015 at a service at the Palace of Westminster led by the Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Welby. The Archbishop of Canterbury said he welcomed the coordination of voices speaking out against persecution under the one banner of the RLC, adding: "I echo warmly the RLC's encouragement for religious and political leaders to speak out in unison against any violation of freedom of religion."
You can read more about the RLC further down this page but, for now, we want to focus your attention on an important day all the RLC organisations are collaborating on this year and every year.
ONE BODY, ONE VOICE, ONE PRAYER
Rising persecution, increasing need. Christians across the world need the support of the body of Christ now more than ever. This November, join with thousands of churches worldwide to pray for those who suffer for following Jesus.
From early September you will be able to access resources and events to inspire your church through RLC members, so please come back to this page so you can unite with the Church worldwide to pray for those who suffer for following Jesus.
More information about the RLC
The RLC seeks to speak to the Church, the state and the media. Where it is possible to speak up to government on behalf of all minorities in a given situation, without losing effectiveness for the Christians, it may do so.
The RLC is a collaboration of several organisations and is born out of relationships held for many years. It doesn't in any way replace the work of the member organisations, and the members will only speak together as the RLC on issues of strategic importance for the future of the Church – in particular, if it feels that the topic or issue is not attracting sufficient attention by other means.
While the RLC enables the member organisations to speak as one voice for persecuted Christians, it doesn't claim to be the only voice – and very much welcomes the fact that others are also doing excellent work in this area.