Together in Hope and Witness

31 May 2018, Novi Sad, Serbia: You Shall Be My Witnesses: Hundreds gathered today in Novi Sad for the CEC General Assembly. After many months of preparation, more than 500 delegates, advisors, stewards, youth, staff, and distinguished guests arrived in Novi Sad to take part in the 2018 General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches.

Strategic priorities for the work of the Conference of European Churches are set in the theme “Together in Hope and Witness” inspired by the biblical premise “You shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8).

In the next four years, CEC will focus on following themes, as being finalised in the CEC Strategic Work Plan for 2019-2023.

  • Promoting peace, justice and reconciliation in Europe
  • Strengthening ecumenical fellowship and promoting the mission of the Church
  • Raising churches’ voice in Europe and the European Institutions.

CEC has invited its Member Churches and Organisations in Partnership to collaborate in developing and implementing the tasks in this plan.

Particular attention is paid to the involvement of young people in the development of CEC’s strategic plan. Ecumenical youth representatives were invited to the Governing Board meeting in Strasbourg, where they actively contributed to CEC’s future work.

In order to implement CEC’s strategic priorities, the Governing Board has created working groups to cover the following thematic areas:

  • Ecclesiology and mission
  • Diversity, pluralism and education for democracy
  • Economic and ecological justice and a sustainable future
  • Science, bioethics and technology
  • Human rights, education and advocacy
  • Social justice

For a complete list of Governing Board members, please click here.

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