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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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.
23 Nov, 2017
"Reformation and the making of Ecclesial Identities" seminar was organised by CEC from 21 - 22 November 2017 at the Ecumenical Center in Brussels.
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.