Ecclesiology and Mission
Ecclesiology and Mission runs through all CEC work. In this area, we give special emphasis to theological reflection on the challenges facing the churches of Europe, to dialogue, and encounters among Member Churches and National Councils of Churches. Our work in this area also focusses on the relationship between minority and majority churches. The foundation for all work in this area is the Charta Œcumenica.
Charta Œcumenica is a joint document of CEC and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) signed by presidents of the two organisations in 2001. The document seeks to preserve and develop fellowship among churches. Click here to learn more and read responses to the Charta Œcumenica presented by our Member Churches, National Councils of Churches and Organisations in Partnership.
For the period of 2015 to 2018, work in this area focused on the following themes:
- Evaluating the impact of the Charta Œcumenica
- Responding to growing secularism
- Commemorating the Reformation from an ecumenical perspective.
- Theological education
In this context following documents were issued:
The Church – Towards a Common Vision – A response based on the Consultation on Migration and Ecclesiology – Being Church in Europe Today. The consultation was held in 2016, Copenhagen organised by CEC, Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe and the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Denmark.
Also learn about the “Reformation and the making of Ecclesial Identities” seminar, organised by CEC in November 2017.
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7 Apr, 2020
As people, families and communities continue to be affected by the COVID-19 crisis in Europe and in the rest of the world, CEC and COMECE presidents share a joint Easter message.
20 Nov, 2019
Inspired by the biblical premise of Isaiah 51:9 “Awake, awake, put on strength!” the Joint Committee of the CEC and CCEE affirmed hope in addressing Europe’s challenges.
30 Sep, 2019
Ecumenical officers and secretaries for theology from across Europe gathered in Finland, reflecting on crucial themes in the area of ecclesiology and mission.
3 Jun, 2019
Focusing on the theme “Together in Hope and Witness” – the CEC Governing Board have finalised the strategic priorities for CEC’s work for the next four years.
2 Jun, 2019
Governing Board have finalised the strategic priorities for CEC’s work for the next four years.
20 Jun, 2018
Greetings from the Conference of European Churches to the World Council of Churches on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of its founding
With joy the Conference of European Churches celebrates 70 years since the founding of the World Council of Churches. Our fellowship congratulates yours on an impressive and faith-filled history dedicated to the building up of a global family of churches walking together, serving justice and peace.
11 Jun, 2018
“In the coming years we will continue to work closely with CEC and to deepen our cooperation in many areas,” says Lemma Desta moderator of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe.
13 Dec, 2016
Migration touches all aspects of church life in Europe today. From social and diaconal action, to liturgical life, pastoral care, and theological reflection, churches are responding and adapting to the movement of migrants within Europe and from beyond its borders.
13 Jul, 2016
The Conference of European Churches is pleased to announce that Aikaterini (Katerina) Pekridou will join the executive staff team in Brussels in late 2016 as Dialogue Secretary. In this role Ms Pekridou will facilitate the theological and dialogue work of CEC.
6 Jul, 2016
Other Churches, not least members of CEC have been looking with profound interest and prayer at the planned Holy and Great Council of the 14 independent and autocephalous Orthodox Churches throughout the world which met in Crete from 20 -25 June