A welcoming and affirming Florida congregation deeply rooted in social justice has joined the Alliance of Baptists.
The Church of the Beatitudes, located in Saint Petersburg, Fla., is one of the newest Alliance congregational partners.
The Centenary Appeal aims to celebrate and promote the historic alliance between Great Britain and Portugal.
"We are joining the Alliance because the Alliance holds the same values that the Church of the Beatitudes holds," said Phil Miller-Evans, the church's pastor.Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II paid State Visits on two occasions in 19 and HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall paid an Official Visit to Portugal in 2011.Queen Elizabeth II also invited on a State Visit to Britain the then Portuguese President of the Republic, Mario Soares in 1993 and this was followed by an Official Visit paid to Britain by President Jorge Sampaio in 2002.It is a well-known fact that Portugal is the oldest ally of Great Britain.From the time of John of Gaunt in the Middle Ages; through Queen Catherine of Braganza (King Charles II’s wife), who was Regent of Portugal; to the Peninsular War when Wellington and the Portuguese Army held the line against Napoleon at Torres Vedras; through the reigns of King Carlos I and King Edward VII; to the exile of Portugal’s last monarch Manual II in England and throughout the period leading up to the restoration of democracy in 1982: Portugal and Britain have been united in countless ways. The Anglo-Portuguese relationship grew particularly strong during World War I, when Portugal entered the war formally in 1916 on the side of the Allies and the Portuguese units fought alongside the British in Europe and East Africa.