We believe that freedom of religion is the bedrock of
any free and prosperous society.

 

And that’s why LYNC has a mission of promoting that freedom through partnership with people of faith, governments and civil societies in strategic community building and extending the love of God in a practical and tangible way.

 
  In Kazakhstan, a high-level dialogue is being held between the state and representatives of religious associations.  The objective is to search for mutual understanding on matters related to legislation and to join forces in the fight against violent extremism.  On November 22 in Astana, the leaders of various   religious communities met with officials to discuss   how to improve legislation and its application in the religious sphere. The dialogue was supported by the Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the OSCE Office of Programs in Astana.  The event was attended by representatives of Islamic, Catholic, Protestant and other faiths, as well as representatives of Kazakh non-governmental organizations, scientific and educational institutions, and state and law enforcement agencies.   What ensued was an open, constructive dialogue. Despite the fact that parties to the discussion held divergent, or even directly opposing views on the issues under discussion, everyone managed to express themselves and also listen to the positions of their opponents.   Read the whole story here    

In Kazakhstan, a high-level dialogue is being held between the state and representatives of religious associations. The objective is to search for mutual understanding on matters related to legislation and to join forces in the fight against violent extremism.

On November 22 in Astana, the leaders of various  religious communities met with officials to discuss  how to improve legislation and its application in the religious sphere. The dialogue was supported by the Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the OSCE Office of Programs in Astana.

The event was attended by representatives of Islamic, Catholic, Protestant and other faiths, as well as representatives of Kazakh non-governmental organizations, scientific and educational institutions, and state and law enforcement agencies. 

What ensued was an open, constructive dialogue. Despite the fact that parties to the discussion held divergent, or even directly opposing views on the issues under discussion, everyone managed to express themselves and also listen to the positions of their opponents.

Read the whole story here

 

 TASHKENT (Uzbekistan) - A CELEBRATION OF THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION  On November 27, an interfaith celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation was held at the Russian Drama Theater of Tashkent, organized by the Bible Society of Uzbekistan and the Center of the Full Gospel Church.  Not only the concert program was breadth (the Turkiston Chamber Orchestra, the State Choir, and others performed), not only the compelling educational videos about the significance of the Reformation was created on the high professional level, but also the event show the wide range of participants and guests. Pastors and ministers from virtually all of the Evangelical churches of Uzbekistan came together in the 600-seat hall in the center of the city, and the special guests included representatives of state bodies, heads of embassies and ministers and clerics of other Christian denominations and religions. Ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary (USA and Ukraine), representatives of foreign Biblical societies (Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) and major Christian denominations (a bishop of the Catholic Church, vice-rector of the Orthodox Seminary and even a representative of the Islamic University) delivered congratulatory speeches on the occasion.  It is obvious that the reforms carried out by the state this year have impacted the sphere of the church in full measure. The open dialogue and respectful attitude of the ministers of churches and various denominations were exemplary for Central Asia.  One of the participants noted: "No matter who I spoke with after the celebration, I was not only encouraged on this night, I also came away with a sense that positive changes were underway and that we were entering a new chapter in the history of religious relations in Uzbekistan." 

TASHKENT (Uzbekistan) - A CELEBRATION OF THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION

On November 27, an interfaith celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation was held at the Russian Drama Theater of Tashkent, organized by the Bible Society of Uzbekistan and the Center of the Full Gospel Church.

Not only the concert program was breadth (the Turkiston Chamber Orchestra, the State Choir, and others performed), not only the compelling educational videos about the significance of the Reformation was created on the high professional level, but also the event show the wide range of participants and guests. Pastors and ministers from virtually all of the Evangelical churches of Uzbekistan came together in the 600-seat hall in the center of the city, and the special guests included representatives of state bodies, heads of embassies and ministers and clerics of other Christian denominations and religions. Ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary (USA and Ukraine), representatives of foreign Biblical societies (Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) and major Christian denominations (a bishop of the Catholic Church, vice-rector of the Orthodox Seminary and even a representative of the Islamic University) delivered congratulatory speeches on the occasion.

It is obvious that the reforms carried out by the state this year have impacted the sphere of the church in full measure. The open dialogue and respectful attitude of the ministers of churches and various denominations were exemplary for Central Asia.

One of the participants noted: "No matter who I spoke with after the celebration, I was not only encouraged on this night, I also came away with a sense that positive changes were underway and that we were entering a new chapter in the history of religious relations in Uzbekistan." 


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