Ecclesiology and Theological Dialogue
Theological dialogue runs through all CEC work. In this area, we give special emphasis to theological reflection on the challenges facing the churches of Europe, to dialogue, and encounters among Member Churches and National Councils of Churches. Our work in this area also focusses on the relationship between minority and majority churches. The foundation for all work in this area is the Charta Œcumenica.
Charta Œcumenica is a joint document of CEC and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) signed by presidents of the two organisations in 2001. The document seeks to preserve and develop fellowship among churches. Click here to learn more and read responses to the Charta Œcumenica presented by our Member Churches, National Councils of Churches and Organisations in Partnership.
For the period of 2015 to 2018, work in this area focused on the following themes:
- Evaluating the impact of the Charta Œcumenica
- Responding to growing secularism
- Commemorating the Reformation from an ecumenical perspective.
- Theological education
In this context following documents were issued:
The Church – Towards a Common Vision – A response based on the Consultation on Migration and Ecclesiology – Being Church in Europe Today. The consultation was held in 2016, Copenhagen organised by CEC, Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe and the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Denmark.
Also learn about the “Reformation and the making of Ecclesial Identities” seminar, organised by CEC in November 2017. Read here concluding remarks on the seminar by CEC Governing Board Member Rev. Alison McDonald from the Church of Scotland.
4 Apr, 2017
« Quelle contribution les personnes impliquées dans le travail interreligieux des Églises peuvent-elles apporter dans les défis auxquels l'Europe est actuellement confrontée ? » Tel était le sujet central traité lors d’une réunion qui s'est tenue du 29 au 31 mars, rassemblant des personnes qui travaillent en tant qu'agents interreligieux pour diverses Églises d’Europe et organisations liées aux Églises.
4 Apr, 2017
“What contribution can those involved in the interreligious work of the churches offer in the current challenges faced in Europe at the present time?” This was the primary question addressed during a 29-31 March meeting of people working as interreligious officers for various churches in Europe and church-related organizations.
22 Mar, 2017
From May 19 to 1 June, theological students studying at institutions across Europe will gather in Berlin for the 2017 edition of the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI'17).
22 Feb, 2017
On 20 and 21 February in Paris, the Joint Committee of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) met to reflect on 45 years of ecumenical cooperation between the two organisations and to explore new ways of cooperating.
16 Feb, 2017
From 20 to 21 February 2017 the French capital will host the next annual meeting of the Joint Committee of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC).
18 Jan, 2017
The following is a joint message of the presidents of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) and the Conference of European Churches on the occasion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017. His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa is the president of CCEE and the Rt Rev. Christopher Hill KCVO, DD is the president of CEC.
14 Dec, 2016
Migration touches all aspects of church life in Europe today. From social and diaconal action, to liturgical life, pastoral care, and theological reflection, churches are responding and adapting to the movement of migrants within Europe and from beyond its borders.
7 Jul, 2016
Other Churches, not least members of CEC have been looking with profound interest and prayer at the planned Holy and Great Council of the 14 independent and autocephalous Orthodox Churches throughout the world which met in Crete from 20 -25 June
28 Jun, 2016
The Conference of European Churches commends its Orthodox Member Churches for the successful proceedings of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, held on 20 to 25 June in Crete. The Council was an expression of Church unity, and thus of great ecumenical significance.
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.