40 years of Protestant unity in diversity

The Council of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches FSPC honors the Leuenberg Agreement upon its 40th anniversary.

The most important church community since the Reformation has now reached its 40th anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Council of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches honores the significance of the Leuenberg Agreement. The document was signed on March 16, 1973 at Leuenberg, near Basel, Switzerland.

The FSPC Council recognizes that forty years of Protestant unity in diversity constitute an ecumenical milestone, with Leuenberg serving to cast aside divisions among Protestants and to make church community possible. As the Agreement puts it, while a common understanding of the Gospel is necessary, nothing else should be sufficient to divide churches.

One thing that does unite the churches is that Protestant Christians can come together to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Reformed pastors serve Lutheran congregations in this way.

Choosing to act and remain involved, the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe CPCE continues to work across national and linguistic boundaries to solve differences, leading Europe’s Protestant churches as a growing community. The CPCE combines its churches’ views into a single Protestant voice in Europe’s public and political affairs, taking positions on ethical issues.

The CPCE serves the churches of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches as a European equivalent and a European family. The 26 Swiss churches can, in return, share their experience as a community with the rest of the CPCE.

The FSPC is active and committed to the CPCE, and Council President Gottfried Locher of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches is also a member of the CPCE Presidium.

The FSPC will host an international conference at Leuenberg, near Basel, from November 29 to December 1, honoring the significance of the Leuenberg Agreement for Switzerland.