Ecclesiology and Theological Dialogue
Theological dialogue 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.
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.
27 Aug, 2019
“Locating European Missions in a Wounded World in Deep Transformation” was a theme brought in sharp focus at a conference in Santk Augustin, Germany.
10 Jul, 2019
CEC Annual Report 2018 titled "You Shall be my Witnesses" is now available online in English, French, German and Russian. The report records highlights from CEC activities in 2018.
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.
6 Mar, 2019
EC has recently organised a panel on “Migration and Global Citizenship” at the European Academy of Religion – Annual Conference 2019.
17 Jan, 2019
Joint message from the general secretaries of CEC and Council of European Bishops’ Conferences for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019.
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.
30 Aug, 2017
Christians of all traditions acknowledge creation as a gift from God. This is why we are called to care for and manage it with responsibility. We invite you to celebrate from 1 September - 4 October 2017 as the Time for Creation, and 1 September as the Day for Creation.
29 Aug, 2017
What is the substance of hope in the age of climate change? This was one of several questions discussed at the seminar organised by the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) from 28 – 29 August 2017 in Budapest.