When I was researching my Ph.D., which became my first book, Evangelicalism and Conflict in Northern Ireland (Palgrave, 2008), Evangelical Alliance was one of the organisations which I studied. Along with Evangelical Contribution on Northern Ireland (ECONI, now Contemporary Christianity), I argued that they worked in a ‘network’ to promote some peacebuilding and social action activities that in previous years would have been unimaginable for evangelicals.
Evangelical Alliance’s collaborative work continues, as described below by David Smyth, Public Policy Officer in Northern Ireland.
Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland
Contact: David Smyth, email@example.com
We see peace-making as crucial to the integrity of the Christian Church in Northern Ireland. We are involved in a number of initiatives at a policy level. We respond to Government consultations on reconciliation issues on behalf of our members and recently produced a comprehensive response to the Haass Talks. We are actively encouraging Churches to ‘mainstream’ peacemaking as a vital part of their witness and to encourage the next generation to get involved in transforming our society. We are also involved in a few groups which help to facilitate difficult or delicate conversations. We were recently involved with a number of other organisations in the re-launch of ‘For God and His Glory Alone’, a booklet to help Churches think through issues raised by the conflict from a biblical perspective.
(Image by Patrick Sanders)