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.  

How is CEC responding?

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 Brussels and Strasbourg office, complying with instructions from local authorities. CEC is continuing to work on its programmes online.

“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 (COMECE) have issued a joint call stressing the importance of unity, calling all churches, communities and political leaders to show their “commitment to European values”

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 has been issued from the World Council of Churches and Regional Ecumenical Organizations, available in English, French, German and Spanish

The 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.
Read here CEC Presidency message to members and partners

Upon invitation from Pope Francis, CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger and CEC General Secretary Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen shared following call urging churches to unite in Lord’s Prayer on 25 March:
Invited by Pope Francis, churches to unite in Lord’s prayer amidst COVID-19

Learn more about CEC and CCME measures for COVID-19

A prayer offered by CEC Executive Secretary Rev. Sören Lenz

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 respons 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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