“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
Psalms 100:4-5

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When You Pray

‘Prayer is friendship with God. Friendship is not formal, but it is not formless: it has its cultivation, its behavior, its obligations, even its disciplines; and the casual mind kills it.’ George Buttrick Jesus said: But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father…

Salt and Light

You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world During a visit to the head quarters of the Salvation Army in London I listened to speaker talking about the vision and activities of the church today. They were involved in a campaign to prevent legislation that would allow casinos to be built close to vulnerable neighbourhoods. The Salvation…

Homecoming

Due to the fact that my home and office are in the same building I travel far less than most working people in Istanbul. This week though, on one day I spent more than six hours travelling. Finally on my way home, late in the evening, I found myself in an almost empty metro carriage until we reached a station where the…

A Word from Benjamin

Study Sabbatical in South Africa After living in the Middle East for 17 years we were excited about the prospect of living in Cape Town for a year. For good reason Cape Town is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and Elaine and I were looking forward to introducing the girls, who have grown up in the…

A Historical Sketch

The Union Church of Istanbul is perhaps the oldest congregation of its type anywhere in the world. It was established by members of the Congregational church, the first of whom – William and Abigail Goodell – arrived in Turkey June 9, 1831. Over the next three years they were joined by several other families, and these formed the nucleus of the Church.…

Union Church’s 150th anniversary – In the News

ISTANBUL CHURCH CELEBRATES 150th ANNIVERSARY (from Turkish Daily News) by DAMARIS KREMIDA This weekend, the oldest known international Protestant community of Istanbul and the region, The Union Church of Istanbul, is celebrating 150 years of history in the chapel of the Dutch Consulate, built in 1711. In the 1800s Istanbul saw an influx of Protestants from different backgrounds, countries, and denominational colorings: There were…