Conference of European Churches CEC

The Conference of European Churches CEC is the European ecumenical organization of Orthodox, Anglican, Old Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed, United and Methodist Churches in Europe. It was founded in the Cold War era by church leaders from Western and Eastern Europe to build bridges between the two parts of the European continent and to advocate for peace and understanding. Today – after the fall of the Wall – the CEC meetings are important opportunities to discuss theological and social questions in an ecumenical context. The CEC has its main office in Geneva and operates commission offices in Brussels and Strasbourg.

Its highest governing body is the Assembly, held every 6-7 years and composed of delegates appointed by the more than 120 member churches, as well as representatives of the associated members and partner organizations.

A forty-member Central Committee meets once a year for consultation and planning. The meetings of the Central Committee are prepared by the ten-member presidium. Former FSPC Council President Rev. Dr. h.c. Thomas Wipf is a member of both the Central Committee and the presidium on behalf of the Swiss Reformed churches. The majority of the CEC’s work is done by its three commissions:

  • Churches in Dialogue Commission (Geneva): The main task of the Churches in Dialogue Commission is the ecumenical-theological dialogue among the member churches and beyond. Its current key focus is the dialogue between Orthodox and non-Orthodox churches. The FSPC is represented by Dr. Andreas Hunziker (University of Zurich).
  • Church & Society Commission (Brussels/Strasbourg): The Church & Society Commission provides a platform for the member churches to discuss social-ethical issues in an ecumenical context. Its other function is to represent the voice of the church in its dealings with political institutions in Europe (e.g. European Union (EU), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Council of Europe). Currently, the Commission is addressing issues such as European integration, education, globalization, environment/climate change, and human rights. Rev. Serge Fornerod, Head of the FSPC Department of Church Relations, is currently the Commission’s moderator. Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (Brussels): The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe works to protect the dignity of every individual, regardless of origin, ethnicity, religion and gender. On both a European and a national level, it advocates inclusive legislation and policies towards immigrants, refugees and ethnic minorities. Simon Röthlisberger, the FSPC Executive Representative for Migration, represents the FSPC in the Commission.
  • Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (Brussels): The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe works to protect the dignity of every individual, regardless of origin, ethnicity, religion and gender. On both a European and a national level, it advocates inclusive legislation and policies towards immigrants, refugees and ethnic minorities. Simon Röthlisberger, the FSPC Executive Representative for Migration, represents the FSPC in the Commission.