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Europe Day: Common Values Shaping the Future of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 maggio 2019

The Conference of European Churches, representing 114 Member Churches in 40 countries, congratulates the European leaders gathering for the EU Summit on the Future for Europe on Europe Day 2019 in the historic city of Sibiu, Romania. It is indeed opportune to reinforce European togetherness on the day commemorating the Schuman Declaration, which introduced the vision of European nations bound together for lasting peace.
The fundamental values of the European Union—respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality, and the rule of law—have common roots with the ecumenical ideals of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. These common values have, however, been put under increasing pressure in recent years. In order to renew confidence in and strengthen commitment to the European vision, we need to reclaim and reaffirm our common European values, which today seem to be questioned rather than characterize the state of the Union today. Without an emphasis on values, EU risks becoming a self-perpetuating convolution of short-sighted economic interests, eventually shattering into rival groupings and nations.The Conference of European Churches wishes to highlight the vision of a European Union as a true community of common values that contribute to working together for the shared and sustainable future of the world.The Conference of European Churches thus urges the heads of government to:
Promote economic and ecological justice involving social equality and cohesion.
Work for sustainable migration and asylum policies based on intra-European solidarity, and solidarity with the most vulnerable, based on respect for human dignity and human rights – in the EU, at its borders and in its relations with third countries
Combat all forms of discrimination and racism, based on the conviction that all humans are created equal in the image of God. As Churches we urge all societal actors to counter hate speech, derogatory gestures and acts of vandalism.
Respond to populism and extremism, and the underlying experiences of exclusion, deprivation and hopelessness. Promote inclusion, accessibility and non-discrimination with regards to the development of digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, focusing on ethical and societal issues. Advocate for peace by promoting bridge building strategies that emphasise social, political, and environmental interdependency as a fundamental element of peace and security. As Churches we are concerned about the militarisation of the EU and argue for an approach of justice and peace towards the issues of security on all levels, from national to European and global level.
Commit to the global responsibility. The serious challenges facing Europe—from economy to migration and security to climate change—require global responsibility and action. The role of the EU as a community based on values and a humanitarian superpower should guide its politics in the international arena. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should be at the heart of strengthening EU’s global role.
We are encouraged by the fact that according to opinion polls, the European ideals enjoy a higher than ever confidence among the citizens. Our common responsibility for the future of Europe compels us all toward collaboration, solidarity and friendship, even in the midst of uncertain political circumstances and immense political challenges.European churches stand ready to underline and stand for the values of a united Europe, as well as the need to defend these values against the ghosts of the past. As Churches, we are committed to build bridges of peace and hospitality in our communities, to strengthen relationships among Churches and other partners in Europe, and promote a comprehensive vision of the common good, pursuing a humane, social and sustainable Europe at peace with itself and its neighbours, in which human rights and solidarity prevail.

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Europe Day, Elena Bonora parla di “Europa querula et vulnerata”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 maggio 2019

Parma Giovedì 9 maggio alle 17, al Palazzo del Governatore, in occasione della Festa per l’Europa (Europe Day), Elena Bonora, docente di Storia moderna all’Università di Parma e Coordinatrice dell’Unità di Storia del Dipartimento di Discipline Umanistiche, Sociali e delle Imprese Culturali – DUSIC, terrà la lectio magistralis “Europa querula et vulnerata”. Conflitti religiosi e coesistenza nell’Europa del Cinquecento, nell’ambito della rassegna Seminari di Europa organizzata dall’Università di Parma con il Comune di Parma e numerosi partner istituzionali.Interverranno all’incontro il Prefetto Giuseppe Forlani, il Pro Rettore alla Terza Missione dell’Università di Parma Fabrizio Storti, il Direttore del Dipartimento DUSIC Diego Saglia, il Direttore amministrativo della Fondazione Collegio Europeo di Parma Alfredo Alessandrini e Alessandro Pagliara, docente di Storia Romana all’Università di Parma e responsabile organizzativo dei Seminari di Europa.
Formatasi alle Università di Venezia e di Torino sotto la guida di Marino Berengo e Massimo Firpo, Elena Bonora si è prevalentemente occupata di storia politico-religiosa nella prima età moderna. Nel 2015-16 ha insegnato come professeur invité all’Università Paris IV-Sorbonne e, nel 2017, è stata nominata Directeur d’études associé alla Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme di Parigi. Ha tenuto numerose lezioni e conferenze in Europa e negli Stati Uniti. Tra le sue pubblicazioni, si segnalano Giudicare i vescovi. La definizione dei poteri nella Chiesa postridentina (Laterza, 2007), Roma 1564. La congiura contro il papa (Laterza, 2011) e Aspettando l’imperatore. Principi italiani tra il papa e Carlo V (Einaudi, 2014). Attualmente coordina, in qualità di Principal Investigator, il progetto PRIN 2019: Gli archivi segreti del nunzio: diplomazia papale e società multiconfessionale europea prima della Guerra dei Trent’anni.
L’incontro del 9 maggio fa parte del primo ciclo dei Seminari di Europa: una serie di appuntamenti pensati per riflettere sui temi dell’incontro tra culture e sul patrimonio culturale europeo come bene comune, sugli ideali, i principi e i valori che ne sono alla base, in un momento estremamente complesso della storia d’Europa.L’iniziativa è organizzata dall’Università di Parma (DUSIC – Unità di Storia e di Lingue, e Centro Universitario per la Cooperazione Internazionale – CUCI) con il Comune di Parma (Assessorato alla Cultura), ed è frutto della collaborazione con la Giunta Centrale per gli Studi Storici di Roma, l’Ufficio Scolastico provinciale di Parma e Piacenza, la Fondazione Collegio Europeo, la Scuola per l’Europa, il Liceo scientifico “Marconi” e il Polo Scolastico Agro-Industriale di Parma.Questo primo ciclo, intitolato “Costruire ponti e abbattere muri”: migrazioni, accoglienza e spirito europeo, è stato compreso tra le iniziative patrocinate dal Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali in occasione dell’Anno Europeo del Patrimonio Culturale.
I Seminari di Europa sono destinati non solo alla comunità accademica ma aperti alla cittadinanza, e in modo particolare agli alunni e ai docenti delle scuole del territorio. La partecipazione è valida per gli insegnanti (previa iscrizione sulla piattaforma ministeriale S.O.F.I.A.) a titolo di aggiornamento professionale.

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Europe Day: Celebrating values that unite us all

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 maggio 2016

european-unionBruxelles. In early May the European Union and Council of Europe mark their respective Europe Days on 5 and 9 May to celebrate European core values including integration, human rights, and democracy. The occasion is marked by public events and celebrations throughout Europe, and around the world.At this moment, reflecting on peace, community, human rights and democracy in Europe is especially critical. Multiple, intersecting crises challenge the European project and its relationship to the global community. Violence and conflict upset life within and just beyond Europe. The crisis of receiving refugees continues without resolution, countries are failing in their moral and legal obligations to protect those in need.European economic and political life are equally in crisis. The effects of global economic turmoil linger, and competing national interests are creating volatility within the Eurozone. An upcoming referendum in the United Kingdom may reshape the EU and how countries within it relate to each other. Euroscepticism is on the rise and along with it new forms of divisive nationalism.In the midst of these critical situations the churches’ task is to give a voice to prophetic hope. Europe must continually rediscover its identity as a project for peace, democracy, and human rights. “This can happen only in transparent interaction for the good of all humanity,” remarked Fr Heikki Huttunen, general secretary of the Conference of European Churches. “The prosperity and progress of Europe is possible only together with the peaceful development of its closest neighbours—Africa and the Middle East.” The European Union was founded on respect for human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and human rights. Together we are called to uphold these common values that helped found the European political institutions. The Conference of European Churches affirms that churches, civil society, and political institutions can contribute to unity and peacebuilding for the sake of Europe and the fellowship of humankind.

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