Kim Walker

The hopes of 1846 evangelicals for unity have been realised, 170 years on

1 March 2018There were differences on theological topics from infant baptism to slavery. The biggest rift was between the established Anglican churches and those in the Congregational or ‘Free’ churches. That evangelicals within the Anglican and Free churches are broadly unified now is partly due to the hard work of the founders of the Evangelical Alliance and their earnest prayers. If we look into the records of the inaugural Evangelical Alliance conference in 1846, it’s clear that the hopes and prayers…

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A centenary marked during World War 1

1 September 2017One hundred years ago the Evangelical Alliance had great plans for celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the Reformation. Ideas were discussed for a large international celebration at an Evangelical Alliance executive council meeting in August 1914, possibly taking place in Germany, but by 1917 that was clearly impossible as Great Britain was now at war with Germany.

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The Evangelical Alliance’s work towards religious freedom for all

1 July 2017Resolutions passed at the founding conference in August 1846 and at the inaugural British conference in November 1846, the Alliance’s intention to support “those who may be engaged amidst peculiar difficulties and opposition” were declared. Sir Culling Eardley Smith was one of the key founders of the Alliance, chairing the inaugural conference and the executive council of the new organization. He quickly developed the Alliance’s role as an international religious liberty campaigner. He became a…

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