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History, Purpose and Functions of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches.

The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) was founded in 1920. Its predecessor organizations were the Evangelische Tagsatzung (Protestant Diet) and the Schweizerische Reformierte Kirchenkonferenz (Swiss Reformed Church Conference, founded in 1858). 24 Reformed cantonal churches, the Protestant Methodist church and the Église Évangélique Libre de Genève in Switzerland are associated in the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches. Overall, the FSPC represents roughly 2.4 million Protestants, commenting on political, economical and religious issues and also interacting with the Federal Council.

The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches represents the common interests of its member churches on a national and an international level. In the sphere of politics, the FSPC liaises with federal authorities on behalf of Swiss Protestantism.

The FSPC takes positions on political issues and also comments on contemporary theological and ethical questions in its own publications. In the sphere of religion, it represents its member churches in the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). The FSPC maintains relations with partner churches in Switzerland and abroad, with the Jewish and Muslim communities, the Episcopal Conference, as well as with relief agencies and mission organizations.

In 2012, the FSPC main office reorganized its processes and structures. There are now eight organizational units. The “Institute for Theology and Ethics” has been restructured as a committee with external and internal experts supporting the FSPC member churches in dealing with current issues and key questions. “Coordination with Federal Authorities” is in charge of exchanging news and views with federal authorities in a goal-oriented manner. The objective of “Theology and Ethics” is to develop basic positions for the FSPC. The “Churches” team represents the point of intersection between the 26 FSPC member churches and their institutions. The “Law and Society” team deals with questions of society and politics on a national level and provides legal services for the central office. The “External Relations and Ecumenism” team coordinates the relations of the FSPC and its institutions with national and international partners from other churches and society in general, as well as ecumenical contacts. The “Communication” team is in charge of all FSPC communication and media relations. Finally, “Central Services” ensures the smooth and well-organized operation of all central office processes.