Church response to COVID-19
CEC is an ecumenical fellowship of 114 churches from Orthodox, Protestant, and Anglican traditions, across Europe. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we are constantly accompanying our Member Churches, National Councils of Churches and Organisations in Partnership in prayer and solidarity.
CEC recommends to follow instructions and information from the World Health Organization and local authorities. The WHO website contains necessary and latest information and advice for individuals, organisations, and countries on measures of precaution and mitigation.
To ensure safety and health of its staff and community at large, CEC together with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe has taken strict measures, cancelling operations in its Brussels and Strasbourg office, complying with instructions from local authorities, working on its programmes online.
How is CEC responding?
- Virtual Summer School explores human rights in the times of COVID-19. Challenges for human rights in the times of COVID-19 was a theme in focus at the 7th virtual Summer School on Human Rights.
- EPP webinar: Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on churches
CEC general secretary Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen spoke at a webinar of the EPP Working Group on Intercultural and Religious Dialogue, on 24 June 2020, focused on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on churches and churches’ social teachings in response to COVID.
- Reflections on the current COVID-19 crisis from CEC’s Thematic Group on Education, Democracy and Diversity, regarding the ongoing debate on the role of churches and COVID-19 in Europe. Also available in French, German, Polish and Romanian.
- Reflections on Freedom of Religion or Belief during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic offered by CEC Thematic Group on Human Rights, available in Armenian, Bulgarian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish and Swedish.
- “Christ is risen, He is truly risen!” – Rev. Christian Krieger and H. Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, respectively presidents of CEC and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union share a common Easter message amidst COVID-19.
- Reflections on Christian Communion in a Time of Physical Distancing and COVID-19 offered by CEC Thematic Group on Science, New Technologies and Christian Ethics in view of the Easter.
- “Let us remain united” – Churches call for commitment to common European values amidst COVID-19 – Presidents of CEC and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union issued a call stressing the importance of unity.
- Churches around the world say, “this is a time to touch each other’s hearts” – “A Time for Pastoral, Prophetic and Practical Christianity: A Joint Statement from the World Council of Churches and the Regional Ecumenical Organizations
- CEC Presidency message to members and partners – CEC Presidency: Rev. Christian Krieger, Rt Rev. Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani and Metropolitan Cleopas of Sweden and All Scandinavia have issued a call to churches to be united in prayers amid COVID-19 crisis.
- Invited by Pope Francis, churches to unite in Lord’s prayer amidst COVID-19 – Upon invitation from Pope Francis, CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger and CEC General Secretary Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen shared call urging churches to unite in Lord’s Prayer
Prayers, messages and action from our members and partners
CEC members and partners are offering messages of hope and encouragement, sharing online resources not only to exchange information but also to support each other spiritually. They are taking action to respond to the crisis with efforts supporting the most vulnerable and isolated.
CEC features here websites of all its Member Churches, National Councils of Churches and Organisations in Partnership, where you can read on their respective websites about their response to COVID-19.
We are supporting and contributing to the World Council of Churches: “Coping with the Coronavirus” – a global ecumenical resource to share information, good practices, prayers and action.
To keep updated on news from CEC, our members and partners, read our Weekly Update
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