RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), the greatest exponent among the Neopentecostal churches, has been influencing the future of vulnerable children and adolescents in Brazil's peripheries, outside their church congregations.
The church has targeted the so-called "tutelage councils", municipal administrative agencies set up to protect the rights of children and adolescents, whose members are elected by popular vote. For some years now, several municipalities have witnessed a takeover of these bodies by religious groups.
In São Paulo, 53% of city councilors who took office in 2020 are linked to neopentecostal . . .