Press Release No: 15/35
11 September 2015
The churches of Europe continue to answer the call to a pilgrimage for climate justice. Faced with one of the greatest social and moral challenges of our time, CEC Member Churches and ecumenical partners are joining forces to work for climate justice.
On Monday 7 September, leaders and representatives from Protestant, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, and Roman Catholic churches came together at a moving and well-attended event in Brussels. The event–Climate Changes Me Too–was a contribution of the churches in Belgium to the World Council of Churches’ Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.
Held at the cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, the gathering helped ushered in the time for creation celebrated by many churches from 1 September to 4 October. This year’s focus is on the churches’ response to climate change and their expectations from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.
The prayers and words of this event was a wonderful display of Christian unity and our common concern for Creation. “The service was an important gesture for the churches,” said Rev. Dr Peter Pavlovic, CEC Study Secretary. “It shows our shared commitment to climate justice, and our expectations from European political institutions.
The event was organised with the support of the Conference of European Churches, the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN), the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), and Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE).
For more information on the European contribution to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, please visit the CEC Pilgrimage website.
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The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 114 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 national council of churches and organisations in partnership. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Brussels and Strasbourg.