What future for Europe? An open letter and CEC consultation

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At its regular meeting from 8 to 10 June in Brussels, the CEC Governing Board approved an open letter addressed to its members and partners on the current situation in Europe, where we are facing an increasing number of challenges.

This letter launches a broad process of consultation between CEC and its membership leading to the next CEC General Assembly in 2018. The discussion continues and if you are still interested in submitting a response, please do so at your earliest convenience. Your reactions will help shape the process of discussion leading to the General Assembly. Responses contribute to an ongoing dialogue on the future of Europe feeding into a series of pre-Assembly consultations held in various locations throughout Europe.

Europe today faces many difficult and interrelated challenges. Developments in Europe toward more unity and cooperation, so much appreciated some decades ago, are now increasingly put into doubt. Churches in many parts of the continent have been contributing to the European project at different stages by raising their voice, highlighting the role of churches in society, emphasising the role of churches and ethics and values, reaching beyond economic well being. At this crucial moment, we invite all to the discussion on the future of Europe and the role of the churches in the process. Although the EU has a special role and responsibility for the continent, we are aware that Europe is much more than the EU.We welcome reactions from all CEC Member Churches, Organisations in Partnership, and National Councils of Churches within and beyond EU Member States.

All of us have a word to say on the future of the continent and in shaping Europe as our common home.

For more information, please contact CEC Study Secretary Peter Pavlovic.

 

Comment(1)

  1. Alastair McIntosh says

    Jacques Delors told the Churches in the early 1990s that unless Europe finds a soul, unless it connects to deep values that give meaning to people’s lives, “then the game will be up.” He saw the churches’ role in this as pivotal (alongside artists etc), and the EC set up its Soul for Europe programme with the churches (if I remember rightly). That work, that calling to the vocation of a spiritually informed peoplehood, to a community of the nations, to a “healing of the nations”, remains imperative today.

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