Jenny Lind Schmitt

Jenny Lind Schmitt is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute Mid-Career Course.

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French Christians cautiously optimistic after presidential election

Europe | President-elect Emmanuel Macron has promised to support religious liberty and public faith displays
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 5/08/17, 10:12 am

France voted Sunday to reject far-right nationalism and elect 39-year-old, self-proclaimed centrist Emmanuel Macron as its youngest president ever. 

The former investment banker has never held elected office, though he was incumbent Socialist President François Hollande’s finance minister until August 2016. Macron garnered 66 percent of the vote, compared to National Front candidate Marine Le Pen’s 34 percent. Despite the decisive margin, many voters chose Macron only to block Le Pen. 

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Out of the political salt shaker

Europe | France’s pivotal presidential election is testing the ability of French evangelicals and social conservatives to impact politics
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 3/29/17, 04:13 pm

MONTBÉLIARD, France—The French revere the notion of laïcité (secularism) and hold it alongside the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity—but how it is put into practice may be changing. When a leading candidate in this spring’s presidential election, François Fillon, declared that his Catholic faith informs his policy positions, he was the first major party candidate to make such a profession in 50 years. Meanwhile, the National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF) has begun a campaign to inform citizens of their right to freedom of expression.

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Religiously themed books

Books
by Douglas Flanders, Jenny Lind Schmitt, Kim Henderson & Susan Olasky
Posted 2/27/17, 09:54 am

Church in Hard Places: How the Local Church Brings Life to the Poor and Needy

Mez McConnell & Mike McKinley 

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