Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
The Conference of European Churches was founded in 1959 as a peacebuilding organisation following the death and destruction of World War II. We continue to honour these earliest roots through an ongoing commitment to peacebuilding and reconciliation. Through various activities we seek to build bridges, provide an opportunity for encounter, and work for social justice.
In this context, following document was issued:
The Role of Religion in Conflict, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation – A study document of CEC Thematic Reference Group on Peacebuilding and Reconciliation, presented at the 2018 Novi Sad General Assembly.
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25 Sep, 2022
Dr Valerie Duval-Poujol, a Baptist theologian, is a board member of CEC. Below, she reflects on how creativity and effort may well be what’s needed to usher CEC into a new era full of challenges—yet carrying great hope as well.
14 Sep, 2022
CEC has expressed deep concern over renewed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan triggered on 12 September. CEC is closely following the developments, and has urged European Union to take necessary steps to establish peace.
6 Sep, 2022
The Orthodox Church of Ukraine has made an official application to become a CEC member church. Archbishop Yevstratiy of Chernihiv and Nizhyn presented the membership application to CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger at the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Karlsruhe. Peace and reconciliation in Ukraine is among the priority work for CEC. Learn more
1 Sep, 2022
War in Ukraine, church dialogue, and humanitarian response were in sharp focus on third day of the World Council of Churches 11th Assembly. Church leaders from Ukraine together with heads of ecumenical organisations emphasised the need for reconciliation, unity, and peacebuilding.
28 Aug, 2022
Report from CEC highlights European Church contribution toward reconciliation and unity ahead of the WCC Assembly. The report is an outcome of CEC’s European Regional Pre-Assembly, which focused on the WCC Assembly theme “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity” earlier this year.
1 Aug, 2022
Video presentations from CEC seminar on the “role of religion in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine” are now available. The speakers representing Ukrainian churches have addressed pertinent topics related to global church response, religious diplomacy and the responsibility of European churches in promoting ecumenical dialogue, while safeguarding justice and truth.
13 Jul, 2022
Humanitarian response from the European churches was highlighted by Slovakian Bishop Peter Mihoč at the Article 17 Dialogue Seminar held on 12 July at the European Parliament in Brussels. He shared striking insights about challenges faced by local churches in providing support to those fleeing the war in Ukraine, as well as strengthening efforts aimed at realising peace in the region.
10 Jul, 2022
“The role of religion in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine” was a theme in focus at a virtual seminar hosted by CEC on 30 June.
30 Jun, 2022
H. Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ and Rev. Christian Krieger, presidents of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and of the Conference of European Church (CEC) met with the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola on Wednesday 29 June 2022 to discuss the final report of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), as well the ongoing war in Ukraine and the implementation of the Article 17 Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU).
20 Jun, 2022
Ms Katerina Pekridou, CEC Executive Secretary for theological dialogue participated in a meeting of high-level delegation of religious leaders from Ukraine, who visited the secretariat of COMECE in Brussels, and exchanged with representatives of EU Churches and religious communities on perspectives for peace in their war-torn country and ways to support the Ukrainian population.