FSPC begins the process of revising its tasks and structures

The FSPC’s Assembly of Delegates in Lausanne decides on revision of its constitution ─ new regulation on contributions ─ Reformation celebrations in 2017 and 2019 ─ Angelika Hilbeck and Maja Ingold elected to the BfA Council.

“For a Church Federation with a good constitution” ─ this was the motto chosen by the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) to begin a comprehensive process to revise its tasks and structures. Some 70 delegates representing the 26 FSPC member churches decided this at the organization’s Assembly of Delegates (AD), which met from June 19-21 in Lausanne.

The FSPC Council submitted a report to the AD to justify the necessity of a revision of the constitution as part of this process. The report explained that as all of the levels of the church community combined to form Switzerland’s Reformed Church, this understanding should form the basis for a new church form with a new constitution. The process is to reveal which tasks should be performed by which FSPC organs.

The FSPC is financed solely through the contributions of its member churches. The AD has now also decided on a revision of the contribution system, which is now to include factors beyond the number of church members that reflect the real situation and financial capabilities of the churches. This will lead to the calculation of a proportional “church potential per member church” statistic to be used in the process. The new system will be introduced after a three-year transition period.

The AD elected Angelika Hilbeck and Maja Ingold to join the council of the Bread for All (BFA) for the remainder of the term 2010-2013. Hilbeck (born in 1959) is a professor at the Geobotanical Institute of the ETH Zurich and a member of different expert commissions of the Swiss Federal Council, the EU, and the UN. Ingold (born in 1948) is a member of the Swiss National Council for the EVP.

In a response to an interpellation, the FSPC Council underscored the importance of the coming Reformation jubilees. Beyond the celebrations of Luther’s 1517 Reformation in Wittenberg, the FSPC Council sees great importance in marking other European Reformation movements, and the 1519 Zurich Reformation in particular, to form a full understanding of the Reformation.