Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
Peacebuilding and reconciliation are among the deepest historical roots of CEC and continue to form a major part of our raison d’être. As a peace building organisation actively seek to build bridges of reconciliation, contribute to peaceful pluralism, social justice, and empower individuals and Member Churches in their own bridge-building work.
For more information on our work in this area, please email Katerina Pekridou.
18 Jul, 2017
On July 12, 2017 representatives from a range of religious organisations met with senior European policy makers to explore different dimensions of resilience and how faith-based actors can contribute to fostering resilience.
11 Jul, 2017
In light of three recent papers on defence policy by the European Commission, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) is calling on the European Union to avoid opening way for the militarisation of its budget and structures. The EU should instead strengthen its role as an actor for peace and reconciliation through non-military instruments.
18 Apr, 2017
During Holy Week from 10-14 April 2017 young adults of the Serbian minority in Croatia and of the Croatian minority in Serbia visited the European institutions. The programme included several mediation sessions which were facilitated by the Quaker Council for European Affairs.
13 Oct, 2016
The European Commission has tabled a proposal on capacity building in support of security and development amending the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP). Current discussion opens way for the EU to use development funds to support military activity of third countries.
19 Jun, 2016
The churches in the Porvoo Communion produced Guidelines for Inter Faith Encounter at a conference in Oslo in November-December 2003. These guidelines were further developed at a major Interfaith Engagement Consultation in Gothenburg in March 2011.
21 Mar, 2016
In its commitment to Europe as a whole and seeking to promote an authentic, credible and socially responsible Christian witness, CEC urges strong support for European Parliament resolutions on arms export of 17 December 2015 and on the humanitarian situation in Yemen of 25 February 2016 including arms embargo against Saudi Arabia.
24 Apr, 2015
Today, 24 April 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide. Between 1915 and 1922 as many as 1.5 million Armenians were massacred and thousands more displaced from their homeland. One hundred years later, work for recognition and reparation remains.
20 Mar, 2015
From 17 to 20 March a World Council of Churches delegation visited Ukraine. The delegation included high-level representation from churches in the WCC fellowship, including Conference of European Churches President Rt. Rev. Christopher Hill, DD, KCVO.
12 Feb, 2015
The Conference of European Churches, along with many political and religious institutions across Europe, expresses its relief at the announcement of a ceasefire in Ukraine. After 16 hours of negotiations in Belarus, the political leadership of Russia and Ukraine along with France and Germany brokered a ceasefire deal that will come into effect on 15 February.
1 Feb, 2015
Just four years ago the United Nations unanimously adopted a proposal declaring the first week of February as World Interfaith Harmony Week. Since this first observation in 2011, the week has grown into a worldwide celebration of dialogue and peace building. Hundreds of local events bring together people from different religious traditions in a shared love of the good and love of neighbour.