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Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief for All

“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16

The Conference of European Churches launched the project of the Summer School on Human Rights devoted to the topic of Freedom of Religion or Belief from 15-18 September in Palermo, Italy. It was hosted by Italian Protestant Federation with academic support by KU Leuven. 

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Climate change: Young Christians call on EU to commit to eco-justice

 “We stand for Sustainability and Eco-justice” was the main conclusion of the conference which was held in Brussels on 9 September. The Conference, co-organised by Christian organisations in Brussels, gathered representatives of the EU Institutions, Christian youth organisations and churches representatives. The forum emphasised that entering a path to decarbonise societies and climate justice can be achieved only through cooperation of many stakeholders including those from politics, civil society and churches. A specific role is to be given to the younger generation in this process.

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Advancing Freedom of Religion or belief for all

Restrictions of freedom of religion or belief are an increasing challenge to the global world and to Europe in particular. The Summer School on Human Rights, hosted by the Italian Protestant Federation on 15-18 September in Palermo, Italy, is an unprecedented response. For the first time, European Churches join forces in order to designate a school on human rights and in particular to freedom of religion or belief.

Summer School on Human Rights

"Theology and Human Rights -
Freedom of Religion or Belief for All"
15 - 18 September 2014, Palermo - Italy

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CCME Press Release

CCME 19th General Assembly 26-29 June 2014

The 19th General Assembly of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe ended on Sunday 29th June. In their final message, delegates from across Europe called for “a change of attitudes regarding migration in accordance with European values.” The message highlights that this “includes secure and legal access to Europe for those in need of protection”.

Public Statement

Botschaft der 19. CCME Vollversammlung

CCME Press Release

Ecumenical European meeting on "Crossing borders - at what price?”


The 19th General Assembly of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) started on 26 June at the Sigtuna Foundation. The Church of Sweden and the Christian Council of Sweden, the two Swedish member organisations in CCME, are hosting the event in Sigtuna. One of the issues discussed on the opening day is how the churches can influence European countries to take greater responsibility for the refugee crises in our vicinity.


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CEC and its Mission
in a Changing Europe

Report of the 14th General Assembly of
the Conference of European Churches

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Commemorate Persons who lost their lives on their way to seek safety

The Assembly of the Conference of European Churches held in Budapest in July 2013 has renewed the call on churches to “to commemorate those who have died on their journey to find a dignified life in Europe through an annual day of prayer.”

Letter to the CEC and CCME Member Churches and Associated Organisations

Gedenken an Menschen, die ihr Leben auf der Suche Sicherheit verloren haben

Religious leaders meet European Institutions

© European Union, 2014

© European Union, 2014

© European Union, 2014

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CEC Governing Board meets in Brussels

The Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) held its third meeting since the 2013 Assembly in Budapest. The meeting took place in Brussels, Belgium, from the 2nd to the 5th of June 2014.

Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Archbishop Jovan – political prisoner number one in contemporary Europe - 24 May 2014

The Assembly published an Announcement in which it also speaks of the canonical Church in R. Macedonia, the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric.

For the full text of the announcement, available in Serbian only, click here



National Councils of Churches met from 20 to 23 May 2014 in the Netherlands and in Belgium

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Selected  contributions

The Economical Crisis: Analysing the situation
Drs. ing. Huib Klamer - Christian Union of Employers in the Netherlands

What do the churches in the Netherlands do?
Dr. Trinus Hoekstra - Protestant Church in the Netherland. Secretary of the Society Advisory Group of the National Council of Churches in the Netherlands

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Improving the conditions of the Roma people in Europe: challenges and open questions
Joint CCCE - CEC press release after the meeting

German  French

The Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) held a joint consultation on the theme “Improving the Situation of Roma People in Europe: Challenges and open questions” under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of the European Union.

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The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches along with 40 organisations in partnership from all countries on the European continent. CEC was founded in 1959 and has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

Christians from different confessions are committed to live and witness together in a spirit of ecumenism, sharing, understanding and mutual respect. All are committed in spite of the historic divides, the many languages and the geographical and economic barriers which exist on the European continent. Together, the churches work to promote the unity of the church and to present a common Christian witness to the people and institutions of Europe. The common desire to live in peace and to promote justice and reconciliation has enabled the churches to maintain their fellowship for the 50 years of the CEC's existence.

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Imagine a Europe...

As a service to Member Churches wishing to promote an active, democratic and reponsible participation in European Affairs, the CEC-CSC Working Group on Education produced a set of postcards portraying a vision of Europe as it could be and linking its pre-occupations and concerns directly to the Christian ethos.

Available in Croatian

EVROPSKE CRKVE I LJUDSKA PRAVA
Aktuelni izazovi i materijal za obuku

European Churches engaging in Human Rights - Present Challenges and Training Material

The manual has been translated and published by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in Serbia. The Church and Society Commission of CEC is very grateful to KAS for having made this possible.

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“Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct”, a five-page document on the conduct of mission “according to gospel principles...