An Open Letter and Consultation
Europe is facing several unprecedented challenges including Brexit, long-term economic difficulties in Southern countries, massive influx of migrants and refugees, threat to peace and stability, military conflict in Eastern Ukraine and issues concerning people living together with different cultures and religions.
In this context, CEC launched a public discussion on Future of Europe by sharing an Open letter on Future of Europe with its Member Churches in 2016.
The document reflects the original vision of the EU, addressing challenges and newly emerging lines of division in EU from churches’ perspective. The letter generated responses and discussions at national and regional levels and four regional consultations that CEC organised through 2017.
Resources from the 2018 Novi Sad General Assembly:
- Speech: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (English) 
- Speech: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (French) 
- Speech: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (German) 
- Speech Bishop Petra Bosse-Huber, EKD (English) 
- Speech Bishop Petra Bosse-Huber, EKD (French) 
- Video: Message to CEC General Assembly from Mairead McGuinness MEP 
- Video: What Future for Europe? 
Outcomes of the Consultation
- What we can learn from the responses to the CEC Open Letter by Kees Nieuwerth 
- What future for Europe: Summary and analysis of reactions received 
Outcomes of the Regional Consultations
As part of the broader consultation and process that led to the 2018 Novi Sad General Assembly, the Conference of European Churches hosted a series of regional consultations across Europe.
- Outcomes of Nordic-Baltic Regional Consultation – March 2017, Reykjavik 
- Outcomes of the United Kingdom and Ireland Consultation – April 2017, Edinburgh 
Open Letter: What Future for Europe?
Follow the links to access the Open Letter in PDF:
- What future for Europe? 
- Quel avenir pour l’Europe? 
- Welche Zukunft für Europa?
- Будущее Европы – какое оно? 
- Welke toekomst voor Europa? (Samenvatting) 
- Milyen legyen Európa jövője? 
- Que futuro para a Europa? 
About the Consultation
At its regular meeting from 8 to 10 June 2016 in Brussels, the Conference of European Churches Governing Board approved an open letter addressed to its members and partners on the current situation in Europe, where we are facing an increasing number of challenges. Developments in Europe toward more unity and cooperation, so much appreciated some decades ago, are now increasingly put into doubt. Churches in many parts of the continent have been contributing to the European project at different stages by raising their voice, highlighting the role of churches in society, emphasising the role of churches and ethics and values, reaching beyond economic well being. At this crucial moment, we invite all to the discussion on the future of Europe and the role of the churches in the process. Although the EU has a special role and responsibility for the continent, we are aware that Europe is much more than the EU.
This letter launched a broad process of consultation between CEC and its membership leading to the 2018 Novi Sad General Assembly. Many Member Churches, Organisations in Partnership, and National Councils of Churches participated in this process through a variety of means. Some have written responses, others have invited Conference of European Churches leadership to ecumenical conferences, while still others have held group discussions and consultations. Throughout 2017, we hosted a series of regional consultations to further this process and develop a truly European response to our common challenges.
All of us have a word to say on the future of the continent and in shaping Europe as our common home.
For more information, please contact CEC Study Secretary Peter Pavlovic .