The World Evangelical Alliance celebrates 175 years of existence!

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), founded on January 23, 1846 in London, launched on January 23 a year of commemoration to celebrate its 175 years of existence. 

In honor of its 175th anniversary, the World Evangelical Fellowship (WEA) has launched a year of commemoration on January 23.

On January 23, 1846, 800 evangelical leaders from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Sweden, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United States and the Canada, representing fifty-two Christian denominations, gathered in London and founded the Evangelical Alliance, which became the World Evangelical Alliance in 1912.

A covenant they described at the time as “a new thing in the history of the Church – an organization defined for the expression of unity among Christian individuals belonging to different churches”. A decision that was based on "the momentum of the Great Awakenings" and "with the desire to address some of the serious social problems of society", reports the organization.

Le historical context of the time was indeed "troubled by growing social injustices" in England, while France, Germany and Italy experienced revolutions in 1848. 1791 created a "desire for Christian fellowship beyond the boundaries of church and geography, especially in the British Isles and the United States".

WEA's biblical vision of unity is inspired by Jesus' prayer in John 17. Today it has a network of churches in 143 countries that give a voice and a platform to more than 600 million evangelical Christians.

It also has a representative role at the United Nations. The organization opened a permanent representation to the United Nations in Geneva in 2012. For 10 years, the World Evangelical Alliance has successfully relayed the concerns of National Evangelical Alliances in terms of human rights, religious freedom and the rule of law.

"Unity begins with prayer", we can read on the page dedicated to the commemoration of the 175 years of existence of the organization which, on this occasion, invites Christians to pray with its members for the "needs of each region of the world, all of which are unique.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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