The TCC is the realization of an idea developed by Henk Jan van Schothorst and Todd Huizinga. Henk Jan and Todd began to discuss this idea in 2012. Both of them agreed on the need to bring Christians in public life together across the Atlantic in order to counteract the pervasive secularization in the public square in both Europe and America and the resulting weakening of the transatlantic commitment to the foundational Western values and institutions that are rooted in the Christian world view -- limited government, free markets and individual liberty, among others. As their conversations began in the first half of 2012, Henk Jan’s perspective was that of a former staffer for a Christian member of the European Parliament and a long-time political advisor to Christian political networks and movements in Eastern Europe and Africa. Todd’s perspective was that of a twenty-year U.S. diplomat with a concentration on European affairs serving, in 2012, as political counselor at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, his final Foreign Service assignment. When Todd left the Foreign Service on November 30, 2012 work began in earnest to establish the TCC. The TCC is now a non-profit corporation in Michigan, with a separate incorporation in the Netherlands. Both the Michigan and Netherlands corporations are applying for tax-exempt status or its equivalent in the Netherlands. We have spoken to many key Christians in public life and established ties with many key Christian and conservative organizations who support our idea. Implementation is now taking place on all fronts -- acquiring tax-exempt status, forming a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board, building a comprehensive website and preparing the inaugural conference, which will take place on December 4, 2013.
Statement of faith: We hold to the traditional, historic, orthodox Christian faith as expressed in the Apostles' Creed as it has been commonly understood throughout the centuries. We are open to members of all of the branches of the traditional Christian faith -- Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox.
Human Dignity: To quote the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, "human dignity is inviolable."