Rita Famos elected president of national ecumenical council (AGCK)

On September 20, the plenary assembly of the Swiss National Ecumenical Council (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen in der Schweiz, AGCK-CH) elected Rev. Rita Famos as its new president for the 2013/2014 term. Rita Famos was vice president of the AGCK-CH in 2011/2012.

Rita Famos presides over the commission on expanding the mutual recognition of baptisms among the AGCK member churches. In addition, she is involved with the “future task force,” a committee drawing up suggestions for the structural reform of the AGCK, which is currently facing significant new challenges.

The new president, along with the presidium, names these two big issues, the expansion of mutual baptism recognition and the structural reform, as the first great challenges of her two-year term. She wants to make sure that the Christian churches in Switzerland will take a common stand for Christian values in society. In addition, her goal is to encourage the inner-Christian dialogue and mutual understanding among its member churches.

Rev. Rita Famos is a member of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC). The newly elected president studied Protestant theology in Berne, Halle (Germany) and Richmond (USA). For almost 20 years, she has been working as a pastor in the Zurich church; since 2000, she has been involved with professional training and development for Reformed pastors in German-speaking Switzerland. From 2008 to 2010, she was a speaker for Wort zum Sonntag, (‘The Word for Sunday’), a short weekly religious broadcast on Swiss TV.

The AGCK presidium is elected every two years. Representatives of the FSPC, the Swiss Bishop’s Conference and one of the smaller AGCK member churches take turns in assuming the office.

National ecumenical council (AGCK)