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  • 17 Sep, 2015

    Presidents of CEC, COMECE meet in Munich

    The presidents of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) met in Munich on 18 September to discuss issues of deep concern to the churches of Europe as ongoing crises continue to dominate the news and preoccupy politicians and citizens.

  • 10 Sep, 2015

    Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Ecumenical organisations appeal to ministers of EU Justice and Home Affairs Council

    Five of Europe’s ecumenical organisations have called on the ministers of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council for a unified, ambitious and rights-based refugee and migration policy. The Conference of European Churches joins with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Eurodiaconia, ACT Alliance EU, and EU-CORD in this appeal.

  • 9 Sep, 2015

    Refugee crisis: Ecumenical organisations respond

    In the wake of the current refugee crisis, European churches are being encouraged to deepen their efforts in receiving, supporting and protecting refugees who arrive in the region. This call was made in a letter issued jointly by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME).

  • 9 Sep, 2015

    Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief for All: Experts gather at Halki

    From September 7 to 9 more than 40 human rights experts from across Europe journeyed to the hilltop theological school of Halki on the Turkish island of Heybeliada. Once the heart of theological education for the Orthodox world, the school closed in 1971 as a result of a ban on private higher education in Turkey. Arriving by plane, train, and even by foot, participants discussed and debated approaches to advancing freedom of religion or belief.

  • 6 Sep, 2015

    The Pilgrimage Continues: Ecumenical Celebration of Time for Creation

    The churches of Europe continue to answer the call to a pilgrimage for climate justice. Faced with one of the greatest social and moral challenges of our time, CEC Member Churches and ecumenical partners are joining forces to work for climate justice.

  • 6 Sep, 2015

    European contribution to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

    The Conference of European Churches is pleased to announce a new website about the European contribution to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. CEC Pilgrimage (cecpilgrimage.wordpress.com/) features a calendar of European church events leading to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in December 2015. The microsite also hosts links to CEC Member Church contributions to the pilgrimage, background information on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, and news relating to climate justice and faith. Regular updates on the site will raise awareness of climate justice issues of special importance leading to Paris.

  • 5 Sep, 2015

    Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief for All

    From 6 to 9 September, senior religious leaders, representatives from the European Commission, and scholars will gather in Halki and Istanbul for a conference on freedom of religion or belief. More than 40 human rights experts from CEC Member Churches are expected to attend.

  • 30 Aug, 2015

    Christians unite in prayers for the healing of creation

    The Conference of European Churches encourages all to join in a day of prayer for creation and its healing. On 1 September, Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, Roman Catholic, and other Christians around the world will offer thanksgiving for the gifts of creation and pray for its protection and renewal.

  • 1 Aug, 2015

    Porajmos: Remembering the Roma genocide of World War II

    Sunday 2 August is Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorating the genocide of Roma people during World War II. Declared by the European Parliament in 2015, the day marks the anniversary of the extermination of more than 3,000 Roma at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.