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06 December 2013

Press release

The Alliance hails Mandela’s unification legacy

The Alliance hails Mandela’s unification legacy

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The Evangelical Alliance, which has a history of supporting the anti-apartheid movement, has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela who passed away last evening.

The Alliance, representing more than two million evangelical Christians in the UK, said Mandela was an example to the world - and the Church - of the equality, dignity and unity of all people and a reminder of the importance of speaking truth to power.

Responding to news of Mandela's death, Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: "We are sad to hear of the death of this great man, whose tireless dedication to equality and the dignity of all human persons has been inspirational over the decades. As evangelical Christians we believe that all are equal in the sight of God, that Jesus is good news for all members of all societies, everywhere. Our prayer is that Nelson Mandela's legacy will not be forgotten and that we will, together, continue to fight for justice, peace and hope locally, nationally and globally."

Dr Dave Landrum, director of advocacy at the Alliance, said: "Nelson Mandela stands out among world politicians because, although he suffered greatly for justice, he never forgot mercy. With his political leadership characterised by humility, dignity and integrity, he has left a legacy to the Republic of South Africa of reconciliation and hope for a better future. He reminds us all of our obligation to speak truth to power and to demand government for the good of all."

Yemi Adedeji, director of the Alliance's One People Commission, which aims to celebrate the ethnic diversity of the UK evangelical Church while promoting unity, said: "We are thankful to Nelson Mandela for his commitment to breaking down the barriers between races and fighting racial prejudice. We have come so far since his fight began in the 1950s. But we must recognise that we cannot rest on our laurels; there is still far to go. The One People Commission is passionate about promoting unity, while celebrating diversity; no longer can we divide across ethnic lines. We believe that the UK Church is better together. This belief in the togetherness of all peoples was also the heart of this inspirational man whom the world will sorely miss."  

Read the Alliance's full tribute to Nelson Mandela.

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Notes to Editors

The Evangelical Alliance
We are the largest and oldest body representing the UK’s two million evangelical Christians. For more than 165 years, we have been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society. We’re here to connect people for a shared mission, whether it’s celebrating the Bible, making a difference in our communities or lobbying the government for a better society. From Skye to Southampton, from Coleraine to Cardiff, we work across 79 denominations, 3,500 churches, 750 organisations and thousands of individual members. And we're not just uniting Christians within the UK – we are a founding member of the World Evangelical Alliance, a global network of more than 600 million evangelical Christians. Visit www.eauk.org for more information.