The thema of the online conference of the European Forum, organised from the Netherlands, is Strong Voices!
40 organisations, 150 persons from the whole of Europe
LGBTI-free zones in Poland, the Nashville statement in the Netherlands, above-average suicide among transgender people across Europe, campaigns against "non-traditional family relationships". Not every part of Europe is a safe place for LGBTI people and the climate is even getting worse in some areas.
We want to make a Strong Voice heard against the nationalist voices in Eastern, Central and Western Europe. It is our belief that God cares for the weak and oppressed in society and calls Christians, churches and organizations to look to after each other and to exclude no one.
The theme for 2021: Strong Voices. Sterke Stemmen
Strong Voice. God is calling people, from every country, every nation, every era. Not for admonition or accountability, but for connection. "Where are you, Adam, Eve?" And again and again God makes a new covenant with people.
Strong voices. In all times and places people have cried out to God for help. When they were in tribulation, when their lives were threatened. When justice was withheld from them.
Strong voices. The powerful and influencers make their voices heard. Conservative, nationalist voices call for exclusion for anyone who is "different." Short-sighted voices try to protect what is sacred to them, but hurts others.
Strong Voices. Small groups, determined people. Driven by God, they do not let themselves be belittled, be put away. They too demand their place, want to share their gifts, help build an open church and healthy society.
I have put my words in your mouth
and covered you with the shadow of my hand
I who set the heavens in place,
who lead the foundations of the earth,
and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’