Monday, May 31, 2021

Message from Elizabeth Kendal concerning RLM blog.

This is a message to all who have signed up to receive Religious Liberty Monitoring posts by email.

For many years now everything published to the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin (RLPB) blog and the Religious Liberty Monitoring (RLM) blog has been delivered via email by FeedBurner (a free service provided by Google).

However, from July, FeedBurner will no longer be running an email delivery service.

Forced to make changes, and in consultations with colleagues, I have made the decision to streamline and simplify my own operations, and to merge the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin (RLPB) and Religious Liberty Monitoring (RLM) mailing lists into one RLPB list.

I have also accepted a generous offer from Christian Faith and Freedom (CFF) – the Canberra-based advocacy organisation that has sponsored the RLPB-RLM ministry since 2013, and for whom I work as Director of Advocacy – to include the RLPB mailing list (as a separate list) under their licence.

While the Religious Liberty Monitoring blog site will remain live, it will no longer feed. Instead, all material published on the RLM blog will be linked to the RLPB, which will continue to be emailed every Wednesday afternoon (eastern Australia time).

It will be through the weekly RLPB that you will be:

* notified that a more detailed post has been published to the RLM blog, and

* provided with a direct link.

For those who have not received the RLPB before (around one third of names on the RLM list were not already on the RLPB list), the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin is published weekly to facilitate strategic intercessory prayer. Each RLPB comprises four paragraphs of news and analysis on one situation or country, along with three or four specific prayer requests, and a 130-word summary. The last RLPB of each month is a Monthly Update, in which each situation prayed for during that month is updated, and other issues arising during that month are listed. 

"And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed" (John 3:19-20 ESV).

Persecution thrives in darkness. The RLPB-RLM ministry works to shine a spotlight on persecution in a way that generates both awareness (through exposure) and understanding (through analysis), precisely so we might "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves . . . " (from Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV).

Elizabeth Kendal


Elizabeth Kendal is an international religious liberty analyst and advocate. She serves as Director of Advocacy at Canberra-based Christian Faith and Freedom (CFF) and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology.

She has authored two books: Turn Back the Battle: Isaiah Speaks to Christians Today (Deror Books, Melbourne, Australia, Dec 2012) which offers a Biblical response to persecution and existential threat; and After Saturday Comes Sunday: Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East (Wipf and Stock, Eugene, OR, USA, June 2016).