Safer and Stronger Communities in Europe
Together with the European Jewish Congress’ (EJC) Security and Crisis Centre (SACC), Faith Matters and the European Buddhist Union, supported by the European Commission, we assist in the protection of places of worship in Europe. The outcome of this interfaith partnership, representing Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities across Europe, is Safer and Stronger Communities in Europe (SASCE).
The SASCE project aims to increase security in and around places of worship, as well as within and between communities. The four organisations are developing tools to strengthen security awareness and crisis management.
The project also aims to strengthen trust and cooperation between civil society and national authorities, facilitating formalised channels of communication between community leadership and public enforcement authorities.
For more information and resources visit SASCE website
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14 Dec, 2021
To connect with CEC Member Churches across Europe, CEC general secretary Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen brings highlights from significant CEC activities in a video update each month.
14 Dec, 2021
In a meeting held in Madrid on 10 December, Human Rights Day, CEC Executive Secretary Dr Elizabeta Kitanovic met with leaders from CEC Member Churches in Spain to discuss the security situation in the country. She presented CEC’s SASCE project (Safer and Stronger Communities in Europe) funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund – Police.
2 Aug, 2021
Video resources from CEC’s 8th Summer School on Human Rights are available. The videos feature keynote speeches and panel presentations addressing the theme “Ensuring Security of Worship Places and Religious Communities” in a series of webinars.
27 Jul, 2021
Churches and believers across Europe have experienced numerous hardships, posing challenges to the state of human rights in the times of COVID-19. To explore these issues, the Conference of European Churches releases a new video, featuring impressions from participants of its 7th virtual Summer School on Human Rights.
26 Jul, 2021
Freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental human right. It encompasses the right to publically exercise one’s religion, including the possibility to dedicate special places – churches, synagogues, mosques, cemeteries and other holy sites – to religious and cultic purposes.
5 May, 2021
The Conference of European Churches, together with the European Jewish Congress’ (EJC) Security and Crisis Centre (SACC), Faith Matters and the European Buddhist Union, has received a €3 million grant from the European Commission to assist in the protection of places of worship in Europe.