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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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.
14 Jun, 2022
In a hybrid meeting on 7 June in Brussels with the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) highlighted Ukrainian church voices, emphasising the need to strength engagement of local religious communities in realising peace in Ukraine.
23 May, 2022
The Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches reaffirms its consistent stance on Ukraine, condemning Russian aggression, and calling for peace with justice.
12 Apr, 2022
European church leaders send letter to Putin and Zelenskyy calling for an Easter ceasefire in Ukraine
CEC and COMECE Presidents Rev. Christian Krieger and H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, sent a letter addressed to the presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday, 11 April, calling for an Easter ceasefire in Ukraine from midnight on 17 April until midnight on 24 April.
7 Apr, 2022
The Presidents of CEC and COMECE issue a special Easter message from the Polish-Ukrainian border on Friday 8 April 2022, invoking prayer and action for peace in Ukraine and beyond. “Let us continue to pray and work for justice, reconciliation and peace between people, cultures, nations.”
27 Mar, 2022
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.
21 Mar, 2022
At the occasion of the 3rd European Catholic Social Days, the President of CEC Rev. Christian Krieger deeply regretted the war in Ukraine, saying “this time of the year dedicated for inner questioning, has been disrupted by the return to European soil the tragedy of war, traumas and devastating effects that we thought belonged to the past.”