Press Release No: 15/12
26 March 2015
The governing board of the Conference of European Churches met in Brussels on 24 and 25 March. The special meeting was devoted to an in-depth review of CEC programmatic work for 2015 through 2018.
In advance of the meeting, CEC executive staff prepared a detailed working document to shape the board’s discussion of programme areas, working mechanisms, and more. The document was based on existing foundational documents including the CEC constitution and the Uppsala Report. It will be revised in light of board member input and finalised at the next regular meeting of the governing board. The group enjoyed facilitation of this discussion by Rev. Klaas van der Kamp, general secretary of the Council of Churches in the Netherlands.
After a careful and spirited analysis, the board approved the amended working document and the formation of the following thematic reference groups:
Ecclesiology and Theological Dialogue Among the Churches
Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
Economic and Environmental Justice
Employment and Social Issues
Education for Democratic Citizenship
EU Policy and Legislation
CEC member churches will soon receive direct communication about participation in thematic reference groups.
Those gathered also enjoyed a discussion of communication at CEC and received updates on progress in the areas of website development, media relations, social media, and newsletters.
Finally, the board tended to matters relating to the financial stability of CEC. Reports were also given by President Rt Rev. Christopher Hill, DD, KCVO and General Secretary Rev. Dr Guy Liagre.
The next regular meeting of the governing board takes place in Strasbourg from 1 to 4 June.
For more information, please contact:
Conference of European Churches
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 114 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 national council of churches and organisations in partnership. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Brussels and Strasbourg.