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Places of Worship and Holy Sites in Europe and the Middle East (2021). Elizabeta Kitanovic and Patrick Roger Schnabel (Eds.) Worship places – churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, shrines and many others – are a key feature in most religions, a part of cultural heritage with a high symbolic and emotional value attached to them. Unfortunately, as a consequence of armed conflict or actions by radical nationalists, worship places are often targeted to inflict damage and eradicate identity. For this reason, national and international laws exist to award special protection to such places. This collection of essays explores the relevance the protection of religious sites has in implementing the freedom of religion or belief and in fostering peaceful relations among different religions.
Human Rights, Religious Free and Faces of Faith (2019) Göran Gunner, Pamela Slotte, Elizabeta Kitanović (Eds.) Human Rights, Religious Freedom and Faces of Faith is part of the ongoing work done by the Conference of European Churches to advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights at the highest standards inside Europe and beyond its borders. The book offers a general introduction to freedom of religion or belief in a European setting and the rights of religious minorities. The book also provides examples of the situation with regard to freedom of religion or belief within Europe and outside of Europe. Furthermore, the book highlights some other topical human rights issues from a theological and legal perspective.
|Religious Diversity in Europe and the Rights of Religious Minorities (2019), Editors: Elizabeta Kitanovic / Patrick Roger Schnabel. In October 2016, the Conference of European Churches brought together in Zagreb (Croatia) dozens of experts to discuss the challenges facing minority churches, and religious minorities in general. The European landscape presents many difficulties for these communities. Some struggle with obtaining legal status, some are subject to discrimination, exclusion or even open hostility. Widespread prejudices, destruction or confiscation of property, and barriers to religious rituals and ceremonies make daily life difficult for many communities across the continent. CEC, and the participants gathered at the Zagreb conference, are convinced that minorities bring value to societies, and that deeper religious literacy, enhanced understanding, and fostering dialogue will contribute to their flourishing. This volume contains their contributions to these discussions with a hope that it will contribute to healthy, diverse societies throughout Europe.|
|Beyond Prosperity? European Economic Governance as a Dialogue between Theology, Economics and Politics (2017), ed. Peter Pavlovic. The coexistence and mutual influence of politics and the economy is an everyday reality in modern societies. A Christian perspective on this relationship speaks to the inseparability of ethics and economy, and also to the necessity of dialogue between theology and politics. The public role of religion in Europe in this current context includes highlighting the core values of Christianity. This text turns its attention to a robust theological discussion of these ideas and the challenges facing the flourishing of these values in Europe. It is a unique ecumenical, European contribution to the wider discussion on the complex intersection of theology, ethics, politics, and the economy.|
|Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief for All, ed. Dr. Elizabeta Kitanovic and Fr Aimilianos Bogiannou. Issues relating to freedom of religion or belief affect all people in all societies, and require coordinated political, legal, and theological responses. In September 2015 at the shuttered Theological School of Halki —human rights experts, scholars, policymakers, and theologians came together to advance this important dialogue and share best practices. Together the contributions from this conference gathered here give a contemporary and interdisciplinary perspective on this critical human rights issue. This collection of essays is indispensable reading for all those interested in the future of faith in an increasingly multicultural and multireligious Europe.|
|Europe’s Heart and Soul. Jacques Delors’ Appeal to the Churches (2015), by Laurens Hogebrink. Jacques Delors speaking as the European Commission’s President in 1990, made the historic appeal to the churches to contribute to giving Europe “a heart and a soul”. His appeal signaled a new phase in the dialogue between the churches and the European institutions. This publication explains what Delors had in mind.|
|The European Vision and the Churches: The Legacy of Marc Lenders (2015), by Win Burton. For more than thirty years Pastor Marc Lenders lived out his vocation bringing Christians from across traditions and across Europe into deep relationship with their unique social, cultural, and political context. Through his eyes discover how Marc Lenders courageously signed up for a job in 1966 that had no description and upon his retirement in 1999 left a growing and vibrant legacy of dialogue, debate, and engagement between the churches of Europe and the political institutions that represent its people.|
|Moral and Ethical Issues in Human Genome Editing (2019). A Statement of the CEC Bioethics Thematic Reference Group Recent reports of a Chinese scientist who claims to have applied genome editing techniques to human embryos, which were subsequently implanted and resulted in the birth of live babies, means that the question of whether—and how—these techniques should be used in humans demands an urgent answer. This in-depth report takes a wider perspective on the issue, which concerns all people as individuals and collectively as a society. It challenges the alleged achievement in China as being profoundly unethical, reflecting a disregard for the ethical and professional concerns of the international scientific community.|
|Pensées européennes. De « l’homo nationalis » à une nouvelle citoyenneté (2015), éditeur responsable Guy Liagre. On imaginerait mal l’Europe sans ses institutions. Plus de cinquante ans de construction européenne n’ont pourtant pas donné naissance aux États-Unis d’Europe escomptés par ses « pères fondateurs ». Ce petit livre aborde cinq sujets qui, d’une façon ou d’une autre, préoccupent les Églises en ce moment de l’histoire. Paradoxalement, leur contenu est très peu connu mais ils lient des questions de nature théorique à des questions relatives à l’identité européenne : le problème des fondements de l’Union européenne ; les valeurs européennes ; la démocratie européenne ; la justice sociale et le droit, et les frontières de l’Europe.|
The New CEC: The Churches’ Engagement with a Changing Europe (2015), edited by Guy Liagre. In 2014 the Conference of European Churches celebrated a historic merger with the Church and Society Commission, bringing together two of the oldest and broadest ecumenical organisations in Europe. Now at this turning point, in the midst of an ever-changing Europe, CEC must articulate a new vision for its future. In a series of inspiring and relevant essays, leaders from the church and the world of European politics offer insight into what it means to be a Conference of European Churches in 21st century Europe.
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