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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Posts Tagged ‘ecumenical’

CPCE Council meets in the ecumenical city of Geneva

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 ottobre 2009

7th General Assembly 20-25 September 2012 in Florence – common position of the CPCE churches on euthanasia in preparation – study process for young ecumenists begins 16-18 October 2009 – consultation on the future of the church fellowship 15-19 September 2010. The Council of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) met in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva from 2-4 October. Items on the agenda included the half-time stocktaking between the General Assemblies of Budapest 2006 and Florence 2012. The coming Seventh General Assembly of the CPCE is to take place in the Convitto della Calza conference centre in Florence from 20-25 September 2012. The Council has appointed a working party to prepare for it. The next meeting of the Council in Edinburgh in May 2010 will settle the theme of the General Assembly. The “Specialist Group on Ethics”, the advisory body of the CPCE on ethical questions, has presented the draft of a statement by the Protestant churches in Europe on euthanasia to the Council. One aim of the study is said to be to offer church governments theological orientation and help in political processes. The position will contain concrete examples of how to deal with people in crisis situations. The text is now being sent to the member churches of the CPCE for their reactions. In autumn 2010 there will be a Europe-wide consultation on the topic, to which specialists from the member churches will be invited. After this consultation the text will be published. Under the title “Ecclesia semper reformanda. Ecclesiological considerations on the renewal of the Protestant churches in Europe”, from 16-18 October 2009 in Berlin there will be the start of a study process for young theologians. The consultation process, which will last until 2011, will make a theological analysis of the different processes of church reform in Europe and investigate whether there are possibilities of collaboration. Special attention will be paid to the challenges from charismatic movements on the one hand and increasing secularization on the other. “The question of the shaping of the church is of vital interest for the future of the churches throughout Europe,” remarked the CPCE Co-President Michael Beintker. Financial support will be given to the project by the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland.
The 13-member Council is the executive organ of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE). It meets approximately every nine months. Currently the Council with its representative members is meeting in Geneva from 2-4 October. The next meeting of the Council is in Edinburgh in May 2010.

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Ecumenical summit in Geneva

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 30 settembre 2009

Geneva (CH), 2 October 2009 from 16.15 to 18.00 in the Ecumenical Centre in route de Ferney 150 the Council of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) is meeting with top representatives of the World Council of Churches, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the Lutheran World Federation and the Conference of European Churches.  Half-time stocktaking: From 2-4 October the Council of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) is meeting in Geneva for its fifth session, three years after the last General Assembly in Budapest 2006 and three years before the next General Assembly in Florence in 2012.  During the session there will be a meeting with the General Secretaries of the ecumenical organizations in Geneva. The theme of the meeting is “Ecumenism in Europe – a common mission – distinctive profiles“. As well as the complete Council of the CPCE and its General Secretary, Bishop Dr. Michael Bünker, participants will be the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Pastor Dr. Samuel Kobia, the General Secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), Pastor D. Setri Nyomi, the General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), Archdeacon Colin Williams, and the deputy General Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Dr. Kathryn L. Johnson.  The occasion is open to journalists and representatives of the media. There is a possiblity of interviews. Journalists are asked to get in touch with the contact mentioned below.  In addition, on the agenda of the Council Meeting will be the CPCE General Assembly in Florence 2012, further work on the position of the Protestant Churches in Europe on euthanasia, and the second consultation for young ecumenists from all over Europe on the topic “Ecclesia semper reformanda“, which begins this year.

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