Church Action on Labour and Life - Christian Network

The Christian Network, Church Action on Labour and Life (CALL) was founded in the Brussels conference of 28-30 April 2010. CALL will provide a platform to exchange views and experiences on employment and related economic issues. It will seek to bridge gaps between European societies, promote a Christian perspective in the European debates and build the capacity of European churches to act on these issues, for instance, by offering educational and information material and training.

How to participate in the CALL Network...
If you are interested in participating in the work of the CALL Network or in one of its working groups, please contact the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches.



Results from 2015 CALL Conference: EU Labour Mobility - A gift or a burden?

The following documents contain results and presentations from the recent CALL Conference. 

1) Recommendations from the Conference 

2) Conference Programme  

3) Prof Dr Johan Temmerman, Dean of the Protestant Theological Faculty, Brussels, The ethics of forgiveness in the light of migration

4) Doris Peschke, General Secretary, Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe, Employment and mobility – “Facts and Figures” 

5) European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Intra EU mobility at a glance: Recent Trends and Policies

6) Dr Bela Galgoczi, European Trade Union Institute, East-West Intra-EU labour mobility 

7) Ms Kinga Joó, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Group III (Various Interest Groups), EU labour mobility – a gift or a burden?

8) Francisco Perez Flores, European Commission, Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

·         Free movement of workers – the legal EU framework

·         Labour Mobility in the EU: facts, figures and the labour mobility package

·         2014 – Annual report on labour mobility


On the road for decent and sustainable work

The World Council of Churches is inviting Christians from around the world to blog about contributions to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. A recent post by Antonella Visintinhighlights the labour and employment situation in Italy. Please click here to read, "On the road for decent and sustainable work."


CALL Conference: EU Labour Mobility - A gift or a burden?

The CALL Network in collaboration with Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe and Eurodiaconia is hosting a conference in Brussels (Belgium) from 26 to 28 October 2015. 

The conference will give the opportunity to participants to analyse different aspects of labour mobility, sharing experience and knowledge among participants, and to propose answers for the churches' engagement in this area. 

Please click here for more information >>

Please click here for a draft programme >>

Please click here for the registration form >>



Contribution to Consultation on Working Time Directive

The CALL network has participated in a European Commission consultation on the revision of the EU Working Time Directive. Over the last four years, CALL has worked on questions related to precarious work and defining a concept of good work. These reflections enabled CALL to submit an informed response to the questionnaire to the European Commission. The submission was made in German. 

Please click here for a PDF version of the CALL contribution. 


CALL Policy Paper on Good Work

In the last 4 years the CALL working group has worked on the phenomenon of precarious work in Europe. At the CALL Assembly in Rome 2014 its policy paper on Good Work was adopted. The concept of Good Work explains the dignity of work for the human being and establishes criteria to identify good work and to unveil precarious work, which is threatening affected people and also society as a whole.

The CALL working group has also developed ideas and materials for churches and parishes how to engage for Good Work and to public debate the reality of precarious work. 


Here is a short invitation letter for action, proposals and ideas to plan a public event and debate, materials for services on the topic and two cards to raise awareness.


Policy Paper on Good Work (A4, PDF)
Policy Paper on Good Work (A5, PDF)
Policy Paper on Good Work (Italian, PDF)

Invitation Letter (PDF)
Planning Local Action (PDF)
Action travail digne - Invitation à une action locale (PDF) 
Materials for Services (PDF)

Awareness Card One (PDF)
Awareness Card Two (PDF)
Awareness Card Three (A5, PDF)
Carte de sensibilisation 1(A5, PDF)
Carte de sensibilisation 2 (JPG)
Awareness Card One (double-sided, Italian, PDF)
Awareness Card Two (single-sided, Italian, PDF)



Report from 4th CALL Assembly in Rome

4th CALL-Assembly in Rome, 22-24 September 2014

“Bridges between hope and reality – overcoming imbalances in Europe” was the theme of the 4th Assembly of the CALL-network, which was held in Rome from 22 to 24 September. 28 participants from 16 different European countries and even more different churches in Europe reflected on the growing economic imbalances, the impact on employment and labour market in Europe and how they could be addressed to improve matters.


The CALL-Network will hold its 4th Assembly in Rome from Monday 22 September to Wednesday 24 September

During the last two years the CALL-Network worked with its working groups on

  • Precarious work
  • Sustainable economy
  • Youth unemployment

Under the headline “Bridges between hope and reality – overcoming imbalances in Europe” the Assembly will:

  • evaluate the work done

  • discuss the present social and employment situation in Europe in the working areas of CALL

  • visit concrete projects on this topic in Rome

  • seek for an international perspective in a meeting with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO)

Finally the Assembly will facilitate to envisage new common projects and cooperation in and for the CALL-Network, also including the use of EU-funds and EU-programmes.



“Youth employment in Europe – a challenge for Churches?“
24 - 26 March 2014, Brussels

The conference brought together young people through the Ecumenical European networks like the Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe (EYCE), Church representatives and Church related organisations, which are already running projects to enable youth employment. The was to exchange good practice, experiences, ideas and concrete demands to support churches to establish own youth employment projects, but also to consider together with the European institutions to which extend European policy can underpin the efforts of the churches.

Background paper




The Churches and the Crises in Europe
On the basis of a questionnaire we analysed the positions of a number of European churches with regard to the social and economic challenges in Europe.The results of this analysis are intended to support the churches in Europe in reflecting their respective positions and finding common responses to the crises. The purpose of the survey is to enable the churches to recognize common ground in spite of the different situations facing each country. They may then want to join forces in order to strengthen their impact.

A survey of the CALL Working Group on Economic Sustainability


A Questionnaire on the crisis in Europe

CALL – the Church Action on Labour and Life network – has sent out a questionnaire on the crisis in Europe to its members. The CALL Working   Group  on Sustainable Economy would like to produce an overview of the responses of churches in Europe. What is the analysis of the crises from the churches? How do they perceive the social and economic impact of the crises? What is their theological perception of the current situation in Europe? What solutions do they offer? If you are interested in the questionnaire and wish to contribute, please complete the questionnaire which can be downloaded here.


3rd CALL Assembly

"Facing the crisis: CALL for good work in Europe"
8–10 October - Brussels

Press Release


Assembly Statement

Assembly Report

Monday 8 October
"Europe - facing the crisis - the question of employment

Contribution by Mr Koos Richelle, Director General, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission - English

Tuesday 9 October
What is precarious work, what is good work?

Contribution by Prof. Dr. Meireis, Institute for Systematic Theology - Bern - English
Contribution by Ms Sari Essayah, MEP Finland - English

Panel I: Precarious work in Europe - a challenge for the EU
Ms Leila Kurki, President of the Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship section, European Economic and Social Committe - English

Report from the Working Group on Sustainable Economy

Report from the Working Group on Precarious Work

Ms Jean Lambert MEP - Member of The Employment and Social Affairs Committee
Panel of speakers at the European Parliament
Mr Jean-Louis De Brouwer - Director DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, European Commission

© All photos CEC



1-2 April 2011

Conference:  "Escaping the Growth Trap”
Protestant Academy Bad Boll

Programme – English
Programme - German



CALL Working Groups

CALL Working Group on Precarious Work: 

Working Plan and Timetable - November 2010
Questionnaire on Precarious Work - November 2010

CALL Working Group on Chaplaincy and Religion in the Workplace:

Projects on Chaplaincy and Religion in the Workplace  - November 2010



CALL Assemblies

Second CALL Assembly in Bucharest - 11-13  May 2011

"Empowering People for Participation in Society"

Short report - English
Pastor Jean-Pierre Thevenaz, Coordination Team member

The European Citizens’ Initiative: the corner stone of a European Public Sphere? - English
Fr Hervé-Pierre Guillot SJ

Communiqué - English

Press Release  - English

Assembly Programme - English


1st CALL Assembly: "A Call for Change" - 28-30 April 2010
Minutes of the first CALL Assembly

Report on the first CALL Assembly

Programme - Project Proposal - Press Release - Photos




CALL Documents

CSC Briefing Paper on the EU 2020 strategy - June 2010
EUROPE 2020: A European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

Yearbook of Justice IV - Church and Society Commission - 2010
A church contribution to the discussion for the European Year 2010 for Combatting Poverty and Social Exclusion

Greening-up the EU economy - Panel Discussion from the Call Assembly - Egbert Holthuis - 29 April 2010

Prosperity without growth - Tim Jackson - 29 April 2010

Combatting poverty in Europe under the conditions of the global market
What the church expects from and can contribute to the new enterprise of the European Union - A lecture in the European Parliment - 29 April 2010 by Präses Alfred Buss

The Social Dimension of the Lisbon Treaty - Antigoni Papadopoulou MEP (S&D, Cyprus) - 29 April 2010

Social Protection and Integration
Inclusion, Social Policy Aspects of Migration, Streamlining of Social Policies - Anne Degrand-Guillaud, Coordinator of the European Year 2010 - 29 April 2010

EU 2020 - Communication from the European Commission - March 2010
A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

The Ethical Dimension of the "EU 2020" - January 2010
Response of the Church and Society Commission of CEC to the Public Consultation of the European Commission on the "EU 2010"


CALL Newsletters

Summer 2015 - June 2015
Winter 2014 - December 2014
Winter 2013 - December 2013
Summer 2013 - June 2013
Spring 2013 - February 2013
Spring 2012 - June 2012
Summer 2011 - July 2011
Spring 2011 - April 2011
Winter 2010  -  December 2010