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21Wilberforce at the Thai-Burma Border

Trent Martin, 21Wilberforce Advocacy Coordinator, recently traveled in Northern Thailand and the Karen State (which is one of the 7 states in Burma) border region with the goals of deepening our partnerships and observing the situation on the ground following renewed violence against religious and ethnic minorities resulting from a military coup in early 2021. In Thailand, he was joined …

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21Wilberforce Volunteer Reflects on Birmingham Conference

What a blessed day we had at the 21Wilberforce Speak Freedom Conference held July 9th on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. We met people from New Zealand, Honduras, the UK, Brazil, Thailand, Nigeria, Belgium, Canada, Germany. The one-day leadership conference preceded the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering attended by Baptist leaders around the world. Professor Dr Timothy …

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IRF Summit 2022 Strengthens Coalition

Approximately nine hundred government officials, advocates, persecuted communities, and emerging leaders recently convened for the IRF Summit 2022 at the Renaissance Hotel in DC. This is second annual Summit held for civil society to learn, strategize, and network for the cause of religious freedom around the world. Elaine Alam, a Christian from Pakistan and religious freedom advocate that participated in …

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21Wilberforce Team Will Participate in the IRF Summit Civil Society Congress

The International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit 2022 will convene a Civil Society Congress that will develop ideas to promote religious freedom and innovate solutions for threats faith communities face around the world. The congress—which will take place June 28 from 2-6 p.m. at Renaissance Washington’s Potomac Ballroom—will provide organizations and religious communities the opportunity to send a delegation to present their proposal in …

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Speak Freedom Conference comes to Samford University

21Wilberforce and the Baptist World Alliance are co-hosting SPEAK FREEDOM, a one-day conference to be held at Samford University on July 9, 2022. Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student …

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André Simão, 21Wilberforce Senior Fellow, Shares Hope for Some Refugees Driven From Their Homes in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has historically been religiously diverse, however after the Taliban took control of the government in the mid 1990s, most non-muslims left the country. Today, almost the entire population is Muslim (approximately 85% Sunni and 15% Shia). The balance of those living in Afghanistan, under 5%, are Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Baha’is and others. The Taliban took control of the …

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“Free to believe” is for everyone: A conversation with Randel Everett

Summary: Dr. Randel Everett joins Dr. Mark Turman and Dr. Jim Denison to discuss religious freedom, 21 Wilberforce, and why the state shouldn’t be run by religion. Show notes: After giving his personal story, Dr. Randel Everett discusses the surprising role of a Baptist in religious freedom in the US’s founding (7:22). He then talks about 21Wilberforce, how they got started, and …

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Global Religious Freedom Data Spectrum Project showcased at Calvin University symposium

On Thursday, April 7th, 21Wilberforce showcased the Global Religious Freedom Data Spectrum Project in a panel discussion on “Measuring Religious Liberty Domestically and Globally: Challenges and Opportunities” at Calvin University’s Eleventh Biennial Henry Institute Symposium on Religion and Public Life. 21Wilberforce’s Advocacy and Training Coordinator, Trent Martin, presented the Data Spectrum’s interactive and comparative framework for viewing a wide range …

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2.2 Timothy Emerging Leader Call for Applications

21Wilberforce is pleased to announce a new three-year cohort for young adult emerging leaders called 2.2 Timothy led by 21W President, Randel Everett, and Trent Martin, 21W Advocacy and Training Coordinator. The program name refers to the Bible verse that offers Paul’s strategy for training others: knowledge and mentoring. One fellow will be selected from applicants in each of six …

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Vision Can Emerge from Suffering

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountain top. We, as a people, will get to thePromised Land.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. Fifty leaders of congregations from Virginia, Maryland and DC, participated in a “Leading for Justice” conference sponsored by 21Wilberforce, NorthStar Church Network and the Baptist World Alliance, …