About us

History TCC

Conception in 2005 - The TCC is the realization of an idea developed by Henk Jan van Schothorst. The first start was a meeting in 2005, where the ‘Working group on strengthening transatlantic relations’ was established. Formation stemmed from Henk Jan's membership as a staff member on behalf of the European Parliament of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue (TLD) with the U.S. Congress. Goal included the establishment of a transatlantic network of likeminded people at political and societal level. Participants were Dutch members and staffers of the European and National Parliament and local government in Bodegraven, Henk Jan’s home village. This idea was not further developed because of not being able to give it a 100% focus and attention.

Birth in 2013 - Henk Jan approached a former US diplomat, who has also been a staff member from US side of the TLD, to discuss this idea again 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.  The U.S. diplomat’s perspective was that of a twenty year foreign service with a concentration on European affairs as political counselor at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, his final Foreign Service assignment.  The TCC is since January 2013 a non-profit corporation in the Netherlands. Among other things TCC has organized two major events in it's first two years of existence: the inaugural conference, which took place in Royal Cercle Gaulois, Brussels on December 4, 2013 and events which took place in the Library of Congress and the Capitol in Washington D.C., September 10-12, 2014.

Teenager - In 2015, after a struggle with the tax authorities up to the Supreme Court of exactly 2.5 years, TCC got it's tax exempt status in the Netherlands with retroactive effect to apply date of February 2013. This was an extremely challenging period of time, in which TCC with very limited resoureces fought t's way forward in the implementation of it's objectives. Important in the verdict was the proof by the three judges that TCC had done everything perfectly in line with it's statet objectives, also financially. The most important point was that the Court fully dismissed the position of the tax authority on the main contentious issue. That was the question whether TCC, as an organization coming from a Christian perspective, could serve the common good or only the good of a particular group in society, namely Christians. 

Adulthood - As time moved on TCC broadened it’s scope next to it’s transatlantic activities in Washington DC and received special consultative status and accreditation to international organizations as the United Nations in New York and it’s subsidiary bodies as the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the European Parliament in Brussels and the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna and Organization of Security and Cooperation with focus on the Human Dimension Implementation Meetings in Warsaw, while also working with the African Union and member states. Now working on a worldwide scale asks for adjustment of the name from Transatlantic Christian Council toward Christian Council International. Areas to work on with extra focus became the protection of Life, Family and Freedom (of religion and education)

A separate incorporation has been established since June 2020 in Virginia as Christian Council International (CCI).  Both the Virginia and Netherlands corporations have tax-exempt status. 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 of the objectives takes place on all fronts, including forming a Board, a comprehensive website and developing an effective fundraising strategy. A broader picture of TCC's increasing activities is summarized in the quarterly and annual reports.

 

 

Manifesto

Manifesto: A Transatlantic Focus on Human Dignity, Liberty and Virtue

Basic Tenets and Approach

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."

Organizational info

This page contains a short overview of the TCC organization.

Contact

Contact person:

Henk Jan van Schothorst
 Krooslaan 11
 2411 ZP Bodegraven
 The Netherlands
 +31 6 558 38 607
hjvanschothorst@tccouncil.org