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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 106

Governing Board holds first meeting in Geneva

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 novembre 2013

Ecumenical church centre in Langendorf SO, Swi...

Ecumenical church centre in Langendorf SO, Switzerland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches began its first meeting at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on Tuesday.CEC President, the Rt Rev. Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford in England, who retires from the position on November 30, opened the proceedings with prayers in the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre.There, prayers were offered for those languishing in warring Syria, people suffering from the super typhoon in the Philippines and for the people of Europe who face debilitating economic conditions.
Until the 14th CEC Assembly in Budapest in June and July of this year the main governing body of CEC was its Central Committee. CEC’s new constitution replaces the Central Committee with the Governing Board.
Very Rev. Karin Burstrand, the Dean of Gothenburg in the Church of Sweden is one of the two vice-presidents along with His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France who stepped down as President.
World Council of Churches General Secretary, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, spoke to Board members later, exchanging views about ecumenical organisations undergoing change.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a communion of 115 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all European countries, and 40 organisations in partnership. It was founded in 1959 and the CEC has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

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