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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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
27 Jun, 2016
The Conference of European Churches commends its Orthodox Member Churches for the successful proceedings of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, held on 20 to 25 June in Crete. The Council was an expression of Church unity, and thus of great ecumenical significance.
25 Mar, 2015
The governing board of the Conference of European Churches met in Brussels on 24 and 25 March. The special meeting was devoted to an in-depth review of CEC programmatic work for 2015 through 2018.
7 Dec, 2014
The governing bodies of the Church and Society Commission met on 2 and 3 December in Leuven, Belgium to legally finalise its merger with the Conference of European Churches under Belgian law. The group also tended to other business matters including a review of its programmatic work by executive staff, its finances, and plans for continuing the mission and mandate of CSC in this time of transition.