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.
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.
20 Nov, 2014
The CEC-CCEE Joint Committee annual meeting took place from 17 to 19 November in Hannover at the invitation of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD). Participants gathered to discuss the theme Communication of the Gospel in Today’s Europe. Different speeches were given on three main sub themes: the communication in Today’s Europe; Christian communication and “marketing” of Christian faith today and Christian Communication and building communion
19 Nov, 2014
Communication of the Christian faith in today’s Europe will be the focus of the annual meeting of the Joint Committee of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), scheduled to take place in Hannover (Germany) from 17-19 November.