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2 Nov, 2021
COP26 in Glasgow started this week, offering a stage for world political leaders. For most of them, it was an opportunity to share their vision of the world they are leading. For some others, despite being among the most powerful, COP26 is also an opportunity to express their position on the major challenge of humanity in the 21st century by their absence. What did we hear in the first two days of this COP?
14 Oct, 2021
Deep connection between Christian ethics and health and healing was emphasised by Rev. Sören Lenz, Executive Secretary of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). He was participating at the World Council of Churches (WCC) conference, which discussed the role of churches and faith communities in advancing people’s health and healing, particularly after the COVID-19 pandemic.
11 Oct, 2021
Study on mutual recognition of baptism in Europe ties theological reflection to real-life experience
A church wants to receive a Christian who was baptised in a different church. A woman wants to marry someone from another faith tradition. A child is growing up in an inter-church family. These real-life situations are evidence that thinking about mutual recognition of baptism shouldn’t be relegated solely to lecture halls in theological institutions.
23 Sep, 2021
In the Group of the European People's Party (EPP Group) Conference in Rome, in collaboration with Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger contributed to discussion on "Christian values and the Future of Europe".
9 Sep, 2021
As part of CEC’s new online series of Theological Reflections titled “Communion in Crisis: The Church during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” this month’s reflections on “Holy Communion as a Communal Feast amid COVID-19” are penned by Bishop Dr Jari Jolkkonen from the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland.
9 Sep, 2021
“Places of worship are meant to be places of peace, wisdom, and spirituality,” says Rev. Christian Krieger, president of the Conference of European Churches. “All religions, and all political and civil institutions must act together in solidarity and cooperation to safeguard their purpose.”
5 Sep, 2021
On his return from Armenia, Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, primate of the Armenian Church of the United Kingdom and Ireland speaks about the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), challenges faced by the Armenian citizens, and churches’ struggles in pursuit of lasting peace, justice and respect for human rights in the region. Manukyan serves as member of the Governing Board of CEC.
1 Sep, 2021
Conveying solidarity with people in Afghanistan, Rev. Christian Krieger, president of the Conference of European Churches and H. Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, issued a joint statement urging the European decision makers to show humanity and act with determination in addressing the human tragedy currently unfolding in the country.
29 Aug, 2021
CEC general secretary Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen expressed deep sadness over the passing away of Rev. Richard Fischer, who served as executive secretary at CEC’s Strasbourg office for over 21 years, making immense contribution in the field of bioethics and education.