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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26 Jan, 2023
CEC highlights impact of war in Ukraine at high-level meeting of religious leaders at European Commission
CEC joined religious leaders at the European Commission on 27 January in Brussels to shed light on the impact of the war in Ukraine on the European way of life.
14 Dec, 2022
As part of CEC’s strategic framework, the Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches approved a plan titled “Pathways to Peace” to promote justice, reconciliation and peace, especially in the context of war in Ukraine. The plan will strengthen CEC’s role as a church-fellowship, engaging in dialogue with European institutions, raising a Christian voice to address crucial political concerns.
3 Nov, 2022
“Religious fanaticism, hatred, intolerance toward the ‘other’ is a major challenge for the globalised world. Only dialogue offers a credible alternative to violence and war. Dialogue to resolve differences, and dialogue to heal wounded memories,” said CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger, speaking at the R20 Interfaith Summit held in Bali, Indonesia.
1 Nov, 2022
CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger highlighted the role of the churches and religion in pursuit of peace, especially amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. The CEC president was speaking at the international meeting “The Cry for Peace: Religions and cultures in dialogue” held from 23 to 25 October by the Catholic Community of Sant'Egidio.
18 Oct, 2022
“Ecumenism is a necessary exercise of giving and taking, listening and talking. Churches of the ecumenical movement may with this exercise have a fundamental, unified message for our national and European decision-makers,” said Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen, General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) in his address at a conference organised by the Estonian churches.
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.