Economic and Ecological Justice
The challenges arising from recent economic crises, continual economic imbalances and injustices, and the growing urgency of ecological problems are among the core concerns of European churches. Our work in this area will includes monitoring, providing expertise, and advocacy on EU policies including the Sustainable Development Goals.
We are also contributing to the World Council of Churches’ Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, especially leading to the United Nations Climate Change Conferences. We are also encouraging and accompanying our Member Churches in their efforts in this pilgrimage, especially through the CEC Pilgrimage website.
We will also contribute to the WCC programme Economy of Life for All Now and work on the assessment of position papers from a European perspective.
The Conference of European Churches provides the secretariat for the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN). This network focusses on raising awareness and providing a platform for sharing and encouragement.
For more information on our work in this area, please email CEC Study Secretary Peter Pavlovic.
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20 Oct, 2013
In light of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment report, and in advance of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, a one day seminar entitled “Environmental protection and climate change as a challenge for policies – the role of ethics, lifestyles, solidarity and global justice” has concluded.
16 Oct, 2013
Climate change as a challenge for EU policies – the role of ethics, lifestyles, solidarity and global justice
The dialogue seminar between representatives of churches and European institutions took place on Thursday, 17 October 2013. The event was organised jointly by the Church and Society Commission of CEC, the Commission of the Episcopates of the European Community (COMECE) and the Bureau of European Policy Advisors of European Commission (BEPA).
4 Sep, 2013
The Conference of European Churches and the Latin American Council of Churches have produced a filmed report on their dialogue concerning the threats and challenges of globalisation.
28 Feb, 2013
Injustices of the current world pose a substantial challenge for the unity of the Church; the question of catholicity and justice cannot be separated. This was the underlining message of the preparatory meeting for delegates of the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches from European churches, which took place from 27-28 February 2013 in Brussels.
27 Feb, 2013
The Church and Society Commission (now merged with CEC) offered delegates to the upcoming WCC Assembly a space for the sharing of information and coordination. The meeting took place from 27 to 28 February in Brussels. Here are some documents relating to the meeting.
30 Jun, 2011
Outcomes of the first round of the dialogue between CSC/CEC and Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) under the title "Threats and Challenges of Globalisation - Churches in Europe and Latin America in dialogue" have been published as a joint publication.
31 Mar, 2011
On 1 and 2 April 2011, the CALL Network co-organised a conference "Escaping the Growth Trap" at the Protestant Academy in Bad Boll.
31 Oct, 2010
The consultation on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology in Europe took place in November 2010 in Budapest (Hungary). The meeting offered the delegates from European churches and guests from all over the world a possibility to examine the impacts of economic and financial crises and exchange on churches' responses to these crises, and to combine this discussion with the broader debates about global wealth creation, its distribution, poverty and environmental degradation.
15 Dec, 2009
The Central Committee (now Governing Board) of the Conference of European Churches has responded to the outcomes of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The outcome of the UN Climate meeting in Copenhagen is a cause for disappointment of many people in the world. The Central Committee of the CEC meeting in Geneva from 16 to 19 December 2009 expresses the deep regret that the summit did not result in an ambitious and legally binding agreement adequately responding to climate change.
31 Oct, 2009
The Conference of European Churches and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) have written to the churches in Europe regarding the climate crisis and upcoming COP15 proceedings in Copenhagen