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4th CALL-Assembly in Rome, 22-24 September 2014 - 29 September
“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.

Energy and climate change – the churches’ role and voice
10th Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network
- 25 September

The 10th Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) under the theme ‘Energy and Climate Change – the Churches’ Role and Voice’ will take place from 27 September – 1 October 2014 in Balatonszárszó (Hungary). The aim of the meeting is to offer a space for a discussion on recent developments in climate change, energy and ethics, and to strengthen Churches’ engagement and cooperation in responding to these concerns.

Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief for All - 18 September 2014
“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16

The Conference of European Churches launched the project of the Summer School on Human Rights devoted to the topic of Freedom of Religion or Belief from 15-18 September in Palermo, Italy. It was hosted by Italian Protestant Federation with academic support by KU Leuven. 

Advancing Freedom of Religion or belief for all  - 9 September 2014
Restrictions of freedom of religion or belief are an increasing challenge to the global world and to Europe in particular. The Summer School on Human Rights, hosted by the Italian Protestant Federation on 15-18 September in Palermo, Italy, is an unprecedented response. For the first time, European Churches join forces in order to designate a school on human rights and in particular to freedom of religion or belief.

Youth employment in Europe – a challenge for the churches?  - 27 March 2014
“Youth employment in Europe – a challenge for the churches?” was the subject of a conference of the CSC CALL network in Brussels from 24 to 26 March. 60 persons discussed the options to address youth unemployment, coming from 17 different countries from all over Europe, delegates of churches and church organisations as well as young people.

European Parliament elections: It’s about Europe, it’s about you! -  4 March 2014
“The elections to the European Parliament are an opportunity to discuss our vision of the Union as a community which promotes a just, participatory and sustainable world in which each person can live in dignity, fulfil his/her potential and live free from poverty,” was the message of the event taking place on 4th March in the European Parliament and sponsored by four ecumenical partner organisations. 

Joint Press Release of CSC of CEC, CCME, APRODEV and Eurodiaconia 

Social Cohesion in the EU must be strengthened - 14 January 2014
On 10 January 2014, three days after the official start of the Greek EU Presidency, the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister with specific responsibility for European Affairs, Dimitris KOURKOULAS, received a delegation of senior Greek and European churchmen in Athens.

The press release is also available in German and French.

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Europe at the crossroads? The crisis in Europe – challenging policy, societies, churches - 25 November 2013
This year’s CSC Europe Secretaries meeting took place from 20 - 22 November in Brussels.  More than 40 participants discussed the current challenges of the social and economic crisis which hit the European Union in 2008: What is it all about and what would be the way out of it?

 

 

Group with Professor Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo

Churches’ Voice on Human Rights
Training on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights in the Euromediterranean Region
- 4 November 2013
About 30 people from 13 countries gathered to Palermo, Italy, from 30 October to 1 November 2013 for a training on social, economic and cultural rights as formulated in international and regional conventions and charters. The training gave an opportunity for churches to meet and exchange expertise on the human rights situation from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea...

 

“Churches on Climate Change: a matter of Solidarity and Global Justice” - European Commission, Brussels, Thursday 17th October 2013 - 21 October 2013
In light of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment report, and in advance of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, a one day seminar entitled “Environmental protection and climate change as a challenge for policies – the role of ethics, lifestyles, solidarity and global justice” has concluded. Organised jointly by the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Commission of the Episcopates of the European Community (COMECE), in collaboration with the Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA), this ‘dialogue seminar’ involved expert contributors—confessional and non-confessional—participating in an open forum.

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The Church and Society Commission of CEC welcomes EU guidelines on Freedom of religion or belief - 24 June 2013
On June 24, 2013 the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council adopted the EU Guidelines on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) in Luxembourg. The guidelines were produced as a result of the Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy that was adopted on June 25, 2012.

European Citizenship: we need a sense of belonging to a community - 21 June 2013
EU citizenship is an issue central to our European identity and promises to feature prominently in the debates preceding the 2014 European Parliamentary elections. In the context of the European Year of Citizens 2013, the EU Commission has sought the views of the Churches on this theme in the frame of the Dialogue Seminar on 20 June.

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Church and Society Commission discuss the European Year of Citizens;
Rev. Rudiger Noll, Director of Church and Society Commission leaves
- 22 April 2012
The European Year of Citizens 2013 has been the main theme of the annual plenary meeting of the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CSC) that took place in Brussels from 18-20 April.

Churches and Diaconia call for more civil society influence in the European Semester - 12 April 2012
From the 10th to 11th April, Eurodiaconia and the Church & Society Commission of CEC, held a conference in Brussels on “sharing opportunities for churches and diaconia to shape the Europe 2020 strategy and its social objectives”.

Europe Needs a Social Dimension – Church Leaders Tell Irish EU Presidency - 12 Mars 2013
European economic governance needs to be balanced by a social dimension, according to Churches in Europe. At a meeting with the Irish EU Presidency in Dublin on Friday March 8, they questioned the sense in discussing economic austerity without including measures for social cohesion. Efforts aimed at the eradication of structural poverty and inequality should all be considered when measuring economic progress, they maintained.

Churches together for Human Rights - 8 March 2013
The conference was held in the Orthodox Cultural Centre Sofia in Helsinki and was organized by the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches, the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland, the Orthodox Church of Finland and the Finnish Ecumenical Council.

Addressing injustices of the world – undeniable task of the churches - 1 March 2013
Injustices of the current world pose a substantial challenge for the unity of the Church; the question of catholicity and justice cannot be separated. This was the underlining message of the preparatory meeting for delegates of the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches from European churches, which took place from 27-28 February 2013 in Brussels.

"Europe and Family Policy" document adopted by Church and Society Commission of CEC - 17 January 2013
The Executive Committee of the Church & Society Commission of CEC (CSC) adopted the CSC “Europe and Family Policy” document in its last meeting at the end of November 2012. With this document CSC describes a differentiated approach of Churches in Europe to the varieties of changes in family policy and family life in Europe. Many developments in society and economy have their reflections in the family life of today...

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How to build a European Model of the Social Market Economy? - 17 December 2012
This was the topic of the Dialogue seminar organised by CEC and COMECE together with the Bureau of Policy Advisers of the European Commission, on 14 December 2012 in Brussels.... 

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Churches and European Commission discuss the concept of a European Social Market Economy - 11 December 2012
In this time of deep and severe financial, economic and social crisis, in which unemployment and poverty are rising in Europe and austerity programmes aggravate the social consequences for many people, a Dialogue Seminar on European Social Market Economy will take place on Friday, 14 December at the European Commission in Brussels.

Churches from Europe and Latin America addressing the European Institutions together - 10 December 2012
 "Churches from Europe and Latin America are partners in addressing concerns linked with the EU engagement in Latin America," said Bishop Julio Murray, President of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) in his meeting with representatives of the European Institutions during his visit to Brussels from 1-8 December 2012.

Churches launch Human Rights Manual to commemorate Human Rights Day - 10 December 2012
10th December 2012 is Human Rights Day - 64 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Churches played an important role in developing the concept of human rights and continue to play an important role in promoting and protecting human rights.

CSC Human Rights Training Manual Implemented - 13 November 2012
The human rights practitioners of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) member churches met in Serbia 20 years after the disintegration of ex-Yugoslavia to discuss current human rights issues. The participants from Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and FYROM shared their experiences related to the challenges of human rights in the Western Balkans region with the emphasis on violations of freedom of religion or belief...

Nobel Peace Prize Award to the European Union welcomed by the Conference of European Churches and its Church and Society Commission - 12 October 2012
“Though there are many peace activists in the world, who deserve recognition through a prize like this, it does not come as a total surprise that the European Union is awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize..."

Facing the crisis: CALL for good work in Europe - 11 October 2012
On 8-10 October the CALL network – Church Action on Labour and Life – held its 3rd Assembly in Brussels. The theme “Facing the crisis: CALL for good work in Europe” gathered about 35 delegates of CEC Member Churches from 20 different European countries to evaluate the work carried out by the network in the past two years and to decide on its future work.
Assembly Statement

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EU Public Guidelines on Freedom of Religion or Belief: Research, Economic Crisis and Data protection discussed with the Cyprus EU Presidency - 10 October 2012
The delegation of Cypriot and European Church representatives were received by the Cypriot Deputy Minister for European Affairs Andreas D. Mavroyiannis on 6 October in the Presidential Palace in Nicosia as part of the series of regular encounters between Churches and EU Presidencies. They had an exchange of views concerning a series of topics related to the agenda of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU.

 

Christian and Muslim leaders of Cyprus committed to promoting dialogue - 9 October 2012
Greek - Russian
“We ask you, therefore, to exercise your influence so that the religious freedom becomes a reality for all people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots” appealed His Beatitude Chrysostomos II, the Archbishop of Cyprus, speaking in a seminar on the theme “An ongoing need for freedom of religion or belief in Cyprus” on 5 October 2012 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The meeting was organized by the Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the European Institutions and the Church and Society Commission of CEC and hosted by the Church of Cyprus. This was an open public seminar on freedom of religion or belief which brought Greek and Turkish Cypriots together.

 

Facing the crisis: CALL for good work in Europe - 4 October 2012
The 3rd Assembly of the Church Action on Labour and Life network (CALL) will take place in Brussels from 8 to 10 October. About 35 delegates from all over Europe from the member churches of CEC will evaluate the work carried out by the network in the past two years.