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Religious freedom for everyone
10/12/2009
On Human Rights Day 2009, 10th December, the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) calls for everyone to join together to defend religious freedom and other fundamental human rights for everyone.


Churches urge Europe to back Obama’s nuclear policy
9/12/09
On 10 December, US President Barack Obama will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to reassert the role of international diplomacy and for providing the world with a momentum to end reliance on nuclear deterrence. Churches in Europe support Obama’s new ‘zero’ policy and urge Europe to rally to it...


CCEE/CEC Churches responding to climate change - 6 November 2009 - pr0983
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) have sent today a joint letter to the Churches of Europe on "Churches responding to climate change", in view of the United Nations' Climate Conference to be held in Copenhagen from 7-18 December 2009...


World leaders get church backing on nuclear disarmament - 2 November 2009 - pr0982
"The new striving to abolish nuclear weapons" is a sign able to "raise hope in the world", stated leaders of four ecumenical groupings that jointly represent nearly 200 churches in Europe and North America in a 28 October letter...

Church representatives meet the Swedish EU-Presidency - 01 October 2009 - pr0980
Following the now well-established tradition of Dialogue between the Churches and the rotating EU Council Presidencies, representatives of the Churches in Sweden and in Europe met this Wednesday with the Swedish EU-Presidency in Stockholm.

Climate change: Challenge for lifestyles, solidarity and global justice - 18 June 2009 - prcq0934
Six months ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Churches and church organisations discussed with EU representatives the ethical dimension of the fight against climate change...

Christians call for a new model of global integration - 29 May 2009 - prcq0931
“The last fifteen years have been characterised by the hegemony of neo-liberal policies focused on the dominance of free market and commerce. This model of integration left serious traces on the quality of life of our people. The weak continue to be weaker and stability is difficult to achieve. Therefore, we look for new models of integration, which allows for not just the integration of markets. This is what we want to discuss internationally. The core of the integration process has to be the person, the human being. We have to put into the centre of the process cooperation and solidarity,” said Rev. Nilton Giese, the general secretary of CLAI characterising the challenge which globalisation puts on the churches...

Annual meeting of religious leaders with the Presidents of the EU Institutions:
the economic and financial crisis as a call for change
- 12 May 2009 - pr0925
“The present crisis is more than just a financial and economic crisis. We need to recognise the complexity of the situation and the interconnectedness of several issues, such as social justice, food security and an effective response to climate change,” said Rev. Jean-Arnold de Clermont, President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC)...


Second meeting of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights - 7 May 2009 - pr0924
The second meeting of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) took place from 5-6 May in Vienna...

The economic crisis is a call for change
CEC sends open letter to the Presidents of the EU institutions
- 7 May 2009 - pr0923
In view of the meeting of the Presidents of the EU Institutions with religious leaders on 11 May, the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches addressed an open letter to the Presidents of the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission.

European churches urge EU to give priority to people in the economic crisis - 30 April 2009 - pr0921
On 29 April representatives of the European churches met in the European Parliament with representatives of the European institutions to discuss EU’s economic and social policies in the ongoing economic crisis...

European Churches and EU Institutions Discuss Economic Crisis - 28 April 2009 - pr0919
Conference on “Shaping European Economic and Social Policies in Times of Uncertainty” in the European Parliament...

Move on towards a nuclear weapon-free world, churches tell NATO - 31 March 2009 - pr0916
A world without nuclear weapons is not only possible but more secure, leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have been told by a coalition of national, regional and global councils of churches...

Church and Society Commission of CEC discusses future work programme in light of CEC 50 Year Jubilee Assembly - 16 March 2009 - pr0914
The last annual plenary meeting of the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), before the 13th CEC Assembly, met from 11 to 15 March 2009 in Nyborg Strand, Denmark, the place where the European churches met for the first CEC Assembly in 1959...


European Churches call the European Union and its Member States to protect Sunday as a weekly day of rest - 16 March 2009 - pr0913
The plenary meeting of the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), adopted unanimously on 14 March 2009 the following statement on the protection of Sunday...

The Church and Society Commission of CEC meets in Denmark - 10 March 2009 - pr0911e
The last annual meeting of the Church and Society Commission before the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) will be held in Nyborg, Denmark from 11 to 15 March 2009...


Churches in Europe encourage EU heads of States and Governments to play a leading role in tackling the climate change - 9 March 2009 - pr0910e
“Securing a stable climate is one of the most pressing moral and political challenges of the twenty-first century. Failure to address this challenge would amount to a moral failure on the part of humanity as a whole”...


Ecumenical groups set priorities for June 2009 European elections - 05 March 2009 - pr0909e
Climate change, migration, poverty and development top agenda
...Aprodev, the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), and Eurodiaconia have launched their own information campaign for the 4-7 June 2009 elections to the European Parliament...