Autumn FSPC Assembly of Delegates

The member churches of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) held its Autumn Assembly of Delegates at Bern’s Town Hall on November 6 and 7, 2017. The 66 delegates were provided information about the last projects to mark the 500th Reformation Anniversary at the national level. They also discussed the first draft for a new FSPC constitution. An extraordinary delegate assembly will continue to focus on that topic in April 2018.
Die Tagsatzung, Szene aus "Reset" Rendez-vous Bundesplatz

The Council President’s address: Once in a Lifetime!

Council President Gottfried Locher held his traditional address before the Assembly. He spoke about how he saw the logos of the FSPC member churches projected onto the façade of Bern’s Federal Palace for the first time and had the sense of witnessing an historic occasion: “This year we have made things reality that we have been talking about for years: Being a church locally, regionally, and across Switzerland. The Reformation Anniversary made that very real for us. This is a good basis for our discussions on a new constitution.”

Reformation Anniversary

The members of the Assembly of Delegates received an intermediary report on the FSPC projects as part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The report spanned the time between the launch of the events in Geneva on November 5, 2016 and the Protestant Youth Festival from November 3 – 5, 2017, which had nearly 5000 young participants. The FSPC Council is to present a full review of the Reformation Anniversary events at the summer 2018 Assembly of Delegates.

2018 Budget and 2019-2022 Financial Plan 

The 2018 budget that was approved by the delegates will return to more usual figures following the extraordinary expenditures for the Reformation Anniversary events in 2017. The budget foresees modest excess expenditures of around 6000 Swiss francs, while the member church contributions remain stable at 6 million francs, as was the case in previous years. The financial plan is in place for the long term, not yet taking into account potential transfers of competences to the FSPC in connection with the new constitution.

At the end of the first working day, the members of the Assembly of Delegates from all across Switzerland gathered at Bern’s Bundesplatz to witness the “Reset” Reformation-themed sound and light show.