Who speaks for Europe?

Who speaks fo rEuropeThe results of the May 2019 European Elections prompts the question ‘who speaks for Europe’ politically. Last month’s elections for the European Parliament saw victories for the far right in some countries but also big wins for the Greens. In France, Le Pen’s Rassemblement National topped the polls with 23% of the vote whereas in the Netherlands the party of Geert Wilders lost all its seats. ‘Polarisation’ and ‘fragmentation’ are two words being used to describe the political landscape within Europe.

So much for politics – what about the Church and mission in Europe? Are we equally polarised and fragmented in our views? Do we only listen to the voices that we agree with, or are we open to learning from those with whom we may disagree? And do we actively seek out the more unheard voices, those who do not automatically have a seat at the table for whatever reason, but who are just ‘getting on with it’ in their own way?

The question ‘who speaks for Europe’ caused much debate among the editorial team as we planned this issue. We hope that the themed articles may likewise prompt thought and debate among our readers.

We hope that by highlighting voices that are – and are not – being heard, we are encouraging awareness of the breadth of voices passionate about the Church and mission in Europe. May those with ears to hear, hear what the Spirit is saying to us today.

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Jo Appleton, Chris Ducker, Jim Memory, Darrel Jackson, Evert Van de Poll


 

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