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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 275

Church Reform Processes

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 novembre 2010

“Free for the Future – Protestant Churches in Europe” is the theme for the coming 7th General Assembly of CPCE, the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, from 20th to 26th September 2012 in Florence. The meeting of the highest decision-making body of the 105 member churches in more than 30 countries will have processes of church reform as its main material theme, decided the Council of CPCE yesterday during its meeting in Vienna. “What varying experiences with the social changes in their home countries can our churches bring in? What are the shared theological and practical contributions of the protestant churches to a changing Europe? The discussions of the General Assembly should issue in a call to the churches on the way to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017”, said CPCE President Thomas Wipf. For the first time CPCE will conduct an international stewarding programme for twenty students up to 27 years of age. The stewards will be used in the conference office, in the working groups and in publicity as well as in the services and meditations. “The emphasis in the accompanying framework programme lies on training up the next ecumenical generation on the European level”, stressed CPCE General Secretary Michael Bünker: “We wish to motivate young adults for work in CPCE.” CPCE will approach its member churches to delegate suitable stewards. The Council extended the call of Dr. Peter Bukowski as Liturgical Consultant and Dr. Joachim Christoph as Legal Advisor until the coming CPCE General Assembly in September 2012 in Florence. Bukowski is Moderator of the Reformed Alliance in Germany and a member of the Council of CPCE. Christoph is a retired Vice-President of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany.
Prof. Hans-Peter Grosshans of the University of Münster was called to be a new member of the Expert Group on Ecumenism till the coming General Assembly in 2012. This expert group observes and accompanies the inter-confessional relations of CPCE and is intended to clarify and deepen its theological model. Prof. Parush Parushev of the International Baptist Seminary in Prague was called as a new member of the Expert Group on Ethics until the General Assembly. This body advises CPCE on current issues in politics and society and is meant to extend the presence of the protestant churches on the European level.

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