Who We AreWho We Are

The Church and Society Commission (CSC) provides a platform for the CEC membership to reflect on socio-ethical issues ecumenically and to involve them in common action and advocacy in relation to the European Union, the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations (in European matters). CSC operates as a forum for action, dialogue and ecumenical training in European affairs.

CSC bases its action on a work programme which is determined by a 25-person Commission in agreement with CEC’s Central Committee. The CSC Commission plenary meets once a year. In between the annual meetings, the work is governed by the CSC Executive Committee. CSC has a secretariat in Brussels and Strasbourg and maintains close relations with the CEC General Secretariat in Geneva.

CSC acts through its working groups, task forces and expert networks. It holds consultations on topical issues of concern to the churches or for which no established European policy is yet in place. CSC closely co-operates with other church-related organisations and NGOs such as CCME, Eurodiaconia, Aprodev and COMECE. 

At its Spring 2009 Plenary meeting the CSC identified the following strategic objectives for its future work:

• Further developing CSC as a pan-European resource centre for its member churches and for their input to national governments on a selected number of European and international policy issues.

• Strengthening CSC’s role in providing platforms and instruments for ecumenical (theological, socio-ethical) dialogue on a selected range of priority church and society issues.

• Facilitating, resourcing, and coordinating the engagement and advocacy of the churches in relation to the European institutions.


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Useful AcronymsUseful Acronyms

Augsburg Confession
AGS Annual Growth Survey
APRODEV Association of WCC-related Development Agencies
ASSPROP Association des Propriétaires
CALL Church Action on Labour and Life
CCME   Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe
CDPPE committee of Educational Policy and Practice
CEOSS Coptic Evangelical Organisation for Social Services
CLAI Consejo Latinoamerico de Iglesias
CoE Council of Europe
COMECE Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community
CPCE Community of Protestant Churches in Europe
CRSs Country Specific Recommendations
EAALCE Ecumenical Association of Academies and Laity Centres in Europe
ECEN   European Christian Environmental Network
EDC Education for Democraic Citizenship
EEAS   European External Action Service
EECCS European Ecumenical Commission, for Church and Society
EKD Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland
EP European Parliament
EPAP European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion
ESA European Sunday Alliance
ET Education and Training
EU European Union
IACE International Association for Christian Education
ICCS   Intereuropean Commission on Church and School
ICD   Intercultural Dialogue
INGO International Non-Governmental Organisation
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NGO Non-Governmental Organisation
NRPs National Reform Programmes
TFEU Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
TNW Tactical Nuclear Weapons
United Nations
WCC World Council of Churches

"Hand across a divided Derry”, Picture by Peter/ Williams / WCC