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.
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.
25 May, 2016
KEK- und CCEE-Präsidenten treffen sich in London um weitere Zusammenarbeit zu festigen und zu planen
Die Präsidenten und die Generalsekretäre der Konferenz Europäischer Kirchen (KEK) und des Rates der Europäischen Bischofskonferenzen (CCEE) haben sich heute in London getroffen, um gemeinsame Anliegen zu diskutieren und zukünftige gemeinsame Initiativen zu planen.
24 May, 2016
The presidents and general secretaries of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) met in London today to discuss issues of common concern and plan for upcoming joint initiatives. Presidents Rt. Rev Christopher Hill KCVO, DD (CEC) and Cardinal Péter Erdő (CCEE) were joined by CEC General Secretary Fr Heikki Huttunen and CCEE Secretary General Mgr Duarte da Cunha at Church House, the headquarters of the Church of England.
7 Apr, 2016
A l’occasion de la Journée internationale des Roms, le 8 avril, les secrétaires généraux de la Conférence des Eglises européennes (KEK) et du Conseil des Conférences épiscopales européennes (CCEE) exhortent à intensifier les tentatives de guérison et de réconciliation.
7 Apr, 2016
On the occasion of International Roma Day, 8 April, the general secretaries of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) call for renewed efforts for healing and reconciliation.
4 Mar, 2016
The first Friday in March marks the annual worldwide celebration of World Day of Prayer. This observance reaches back more than a century and brings together women from all walks of life.
18 Jan, 2016
From 18 to 25 January, Christians around the world will participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This annual observance is dedicated to healing divisions and strengthening unity throughout the Church.
16 Jun, 2015
Living together and disagreeing well: High-level meeting with religious leaders at European Commission
On 16 June senior Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, and Mormon leaders gathered for the 11th annual high-level meeting at the European Commission.
8 May, 2015
The CEC-CCEE Joint Committee annual meeting took place in Rome from 6 to 8 May at the invitation of Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference and CCEE Vice President.