Ecclesiology and Mission
Communion has been the hermeneutical framework for comprehending the nature and mission of the Church. Despite differences in understanding and applying the concept, and divisions over a number of theological questions, churches ascribing to it, have developed a common theological language and share a considerable common ground.
Increased migration in Europe has been changing the ecclesial landscape. European churches with historical longevity have now spread into new contexts. Vibrant Evangelical and Pentecostal churches are growing, charismatic movements are emerging, and ancient Oriental churches are finding a new home in European societies.
In view of this reality, CEC facilitates theological dialogue among its Member Churches and National Councils of Churches to examine their understanding of Church unity and witness in conversation with “migrant” and “minority ethnic” churches in Europe.
CEC’s work in this area is founded on the Charta Œcumenica, a joint document of CEC and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) signed by the presidents of the two organisations in 2001. The document seeks to strengthen fellowship among churches. Learn more and read here responses to the Charta Œcumenica presented by our Member Churches, National Councils of Churches and Organisations in Partnership.
For the period 2018 to 2023 our work focuses on the following areas:
- Evaluating the impact of the Charta Œcumenica
- Facilitating dialogue on questions of ecclesiology and mission
- Exploring Christian unity together with “migrant” and “minority ethnic” churches
- Studying the mutual recognition of baptism in Europe
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2 Mar, 2021
As part of CEC’s new online series of monthly Theological Reflections titled “Communion in Crisis: The Church during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” read here reflections from Greek theologian Dr Stavros Yangazoglou on “The Church as communion of faith, worship and life: Ecclesiological challenges and antinomies during the pandemic and health restrictions.”
20 Jan, 2021
Contributions made to the Conference on “The Hope of Communion: From 1920 to 2020” have now premiered on CEC YouTube channel. The playlist features video presentations from renowned theologians and church leaders from across Europe and beyond.
19 Jan, 2021
As Europe continues to reel from the COVID-19 crisis, with communities experiencing separation and isolation, churches are observing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in new and innovative ways. Many CEC Member Churches are holding online prayers and celebrations.
10 Jan, 2021
CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger’s presentation on “Religion in a Secular Society” for the International Conference on "Person in a Post-Religious Society" is now available.
17 Dec, 2020
Theologians and church leaders from Europe and beyond participated in the Conference on “The Hope of Communion: From 1920 to 2020” held online from 16 to 17 December.
12 Jul, 2020
The CEC Annual Report 2019 is now available. The report reviews CEC activities carried out in 2019, continuing in the current year, featuring highlights from CEC’s 60th anniversary.
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.