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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

“New challenges for the Churches’ witness in Europe”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 gennaio 2012

Geneva. At the conclusion of the worldwide Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January 2012), the Joint Committee of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) will meet in Geneva at the John Knox Centre from 26-28 January 2012 at the invitation of Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). The Committee, established in 1972, is the highest body for dialogue between CEC and CCEE. It usually meets annually and includes, as well as the General Secretaries of the two bodies, seven members from CEC and seven appointed by CCEE. This year, the CEC delegated members will be meeting for the first time the new CCEE Presidency and members of the Joint Committee appointed October 2011 at CCEE’s Plenary Assembly. The main theme of the meeting will be developed with contributions from experts. In particular, Professor Giancarlo Blangiardo, lecturer in demographics at Milano-Bicocca University, will focus on the demographic, political and economic challenges facing the Churches and Society, while Professor Alister McGrath, professor of Theology at King’s College, London, will present a cultural and spiritual reading of the same context. On the basis of these presentations, the participants will debate the issue of the witness of the Churches, in particular examining the theological and practical responses, starting from pastoral and local experiences, as regards the current ever-changing situation. During the meeting, the participants will also meet the general secretaries and representatives of the World Council of Churches, Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the ACT Alliance as well as with the representatives of local churches in Geneva region. On the evening of 27 January, the participants will be received by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio and the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva. The agenda also includes discussions on the following issues: the presence of the Roma people (Rom, Sinti, Gitani); dialogue with Muslims in Europe; and the current political and economic situation in Europe. The meeting will end on the afternoon of Saturday 28 January with a visit to Geneva’s International Museum of the Reformation.The programme will be marked by moments of prayer according to the various traditions of the Christian denominations present at the meeting.

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