FSPC President meets Patriarch of Serbia in Belgrade

From November 19 to 21, FSPC President Gottfried Locher visited Patriarch Irinej, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, in Belgrade. The focus of the visit was on maintaining cordial relations between the churches and on arranging an ecumenical conference on the Reformation Jubilee.
Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian-Orthodox Church and FSPC President Gottfried Locher

FSPC President Gottfried Locher and Patriarch Irenej conversed about the ecumenical situation in Switzerland. Together with the Christian national churches, the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches makes every effort to ensure that the Serbian Orthodox Church and other Orthodox churches feel welcome in Switzerland. The FSPC and the Serbian-Orthodox Church are members of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

The conversation partners agreed on organizing a one-day ecumenical conference on the Reformation Jubilee, to be held next year in Switzerland. Patriarch Irinej had expressed interest in this topic. The conference will provide information about the Reformation and the Reformed Church to priests of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Switzerland and also address aspects of ecumenical relations.

In addition to meeting with the Patriarch, FSPC President Gottfried Locher visited the theological faculty of the University of Belgrade, the Seminary of St. Sava and the monasteries of Zica and Studenica in the south of the country. The visit was planned following an invitation by Bishop Andrej, who is Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Eparchy that includes Switzerland.

The Serbian Orthodox Church has eight parishes in Switzerland. Roughly 100 000 people of the Swiss population are originally from Serbia. The Serbian Orthodox Church is a very active member of the Swiss National Ecumenical Council (AGCK-CH) and is involved in various cantonal and regional ecumenical councils.