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“Together in Hope and Witness”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 giugno 2019

Brussels. The Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches that met in Strasbourg last month have finalised the strategic priorities for CEC’s work for the next four years.Focusing on the theme “Together in Hope and Witness” these strategic priorities are broken down into a detailed work plan related to CEC’s thematic desks.The important areas in CEC’s strategic work plan for 2019-2023 include promoting peace, justice and reconciliation in Europe, strengthening ecumenical fellowship and promoting the mission of the Church, and raising churches’ voice in Europe and the European Institutions.
CEC has invited its Member Churches and Organisations in Partnership to collaborate in developing and implementing the tasks in this plan. Particular attention is paid to the involvement of young people in the development of CEC’s strategic plan. Ecumenical youth representatives were invited to the Governing Board meeting in Strasbourg, where they actively contributed to CEC’s future work.Serious consideration regarding the implementation of CEC’s strategic aims also led the Governing Board to conclude that a new general secretary, with different skills and experience, was needed in order to drive the work before CEC’s next General Assembly.To this end, the board took the difficult decision to end Fr. Heikki Huttunen’s contract with effect from 20 May 2019. The Governing Board extended sincere thanks to Fr. Heikki Huttunen for his services to CEC during some testing transitional years, to which he brought his substantial personal experience, mature relationality and great commitment. The board wished him God’s blessing in his future service of the Church and in his family life.The process for identifying a new general secretary is now underway and, in the meantime, the work will be directed by the CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger.

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Together in Hope and Witness: CEC Presidency Meets in United Kingdom

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 aprile 2019

The following is a message from the presidency of the Conference of European Churches. Rev. Christian Krieger (President, Reformed Protestant Church of Alsace and Lorraine), Rt Rev. Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani (Vice-President, Church of England), and Metropolitan Cleopas (Vice-President, Ecumenical Patriarchate) met in Leicester (UK) today to continue implementation of the CEC Strategic Plan 2019-2023. The strategic plan focusses on three aims: promoting peace, justice, and reconciliation in Europe; deepening church communion and ecumenical fellowship; and raising the Churches’ voice in Europe and toward the European Institutions. The presidency will also participate in a vigil service with civic, interfaith, and community leaders at Leicester Cathedral later in the day. Today, we reaffirm the bonds of ecclesial and ecumenical fellowship that unite Churches across Europe. We respond to the same call—to follow the one Christ and be moved by the same Holy Spirit. These are bonds that unite us across time and history, and move us forward together in hope and witness.The Conference of European Churches emerged from a fragmented and divided Europe following the Second World War. At that time there was a real need to overcome political divisions, and work for healing and peace. Today, the continent experiences pain from unhealed wounds and new divisions. We also recall our place in the broader world and the global challenges that we face. European Churches have to look to their roots and history, and again act as an instrument of peace and understanding.We will continue to build bridges of peace and hospitality in our communities, and remain committed to strengthening relationships among churches in Europe. We are enriched by our differences and the diversity of paths leading to the realisation of European ideals. Our common responsibility for the future of Europe compels us toward solidarity and friendship, even in the midst of uncertain and challenging political circumstances.Together we pray that the God of reconciling hope guide us through history’s turmoil and lead us to the flourishing of unity. May we look toward the dawning of the Easter hope and find strength in the mission God has entrusted to us.

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Living witness, justice, and hospitality: General Assembly highlights issues for public concern

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 31 agosto 2018

The 2018 Novi Sad General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches recommended to CEC Member Churches six areas for concern in the coming years: economic and climate justice, security, arms and nonviolence, refugees and migration, human rights, populism, and the family.
Today, it is the poorest who suffer the most to adapt to climate change and ecological devastation. It is unjust that those who have contributed the least to climate change suffer the most. Jesus teaches that we must care for the least of these, and so we must confront profound economic and climate injustice through advocacy and action. Churches are called to use the international Sustainable Development Goals in their efforts in ecological and economic justice, support grassroots efforts, work for intergenerational justice, and continue advocacy efforts at the European level.
Recent developments at European and global levels risks the European Union’s role as an instrument of peacebuilding and reconciliation. Arms development, production, and export is a major contributor to the outbreak and continuation of armed conflict and war, and forced migration. Churches are called to strengthen their voices against the militarisation of the EU, advance a Christian perspective on security, advocated against any further development of nuclear weapons, and explore the theological dimensions of security, arms, and non-violence.
The mass movement and displacement of people touches all CEC Member Churches and peoples in Europe today. Economic conditions, climate change, youth unemployment, and so on, prompt many people to leave their homes in search of better lives elsewhere. Churches are called to advocate for safe and legal access to Europe, as well as fair and just asylum procedures, and humane return policies. Churches are also encouraged to speak out against the criminalization of solidarity with undocumented migrants and support humanitarian initiatives for search and rescue at sea.
Building a Europe for all is an important task for European churches. Diversity and plurality in Europe is a richness, and churches and religious communities are an important part of this. Existing European frameworks favour extended freedom of religion or belief, and the 2001 Charta Oecumenica encourages dialogue between minority and majority churches. Churches are called to support each other in working for freedom of religion or belief, including access to holy places and places of worship, and in strengthening universality of human rights, such as civil political, social, economic and cultural rights.
The situation in Kosovo is particularly complex. The significant factors include control of arms trade, EU’s support to protection of cultural heritage, engagement of UN forces in preventing conflict and opening of a political dialogue between the Albanian authorities in Kosovo and the representatives of persecuted Serbian Orthodox minority.European Churches are supporting the Serbian Orthodox Church and other religious communities in Kosovo, northern part of Cyprus (area not under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus) and elsewhere in their fight for full implementation of fundamental human rights, including freedom of religion or belief.
Today, populist parties are on the rise, and take advantage of democratic processes to gain power and recognition. Decline in living standards and rising unemployment rates, especially among young people, undoubtable goes in favour of strengthening extreme nationalism and increasing populism. Exclusionary politics shrinks public discourse—a serious problem for European societies. Churches are called to be a uniting force in their local communities, build bridges with other partners with common values and commitments, and continually work for greater youth engagement.
A Christian family should be a shelter where one learns to love, to support, to care about the other, to offer hospitality and be attentive to sufferings. This path for justice and love can begin in the home and expand outward, reaching entire communities. Growing circles of nurture draw on the gifts and love of others and draw them into what we call family. We must not underestimate the importance of this understanding of family for the fate of our societies. It is, therefore, unacceptable that this right is undermined or violated for so many, especially asylum seekers, refugees, and minors who arrive to Europe unaccompanied. Member Churches are called to start a dialogue on the condition and attitudes toward family life, including gender justice, and how this impacts life in Europe today.

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Catholic Organizations to Witness at U.S. Bishops’ Conference Urging Them to Create a Church for Our Daughters

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 giugno 2016

conferencePacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 12 noon A Church for Our Daughters is a grassroots campaign of 30 Catholic-rooted and justice organizations (see full list below) We are women and men, sisters and brothers, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers, godparents — members of the Catholic community who are deeply committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and who believe the Body of Christ must include all genders equally. We are calling on our Church leaders to work with us to build a Church that strikes down every oppressive practice, teaching, and law that assigns women and girls to a subordinate status. We call on our leaders to create a Church that is truly inclusive and alive with the gifts, spirit, and potential of all its members.
Catholics from across the country will gather for a landmark witness and procession for equality in our Church. They will speak out and pray for a Church for our daughters, a Church that is truly inclusive and fully alive with the gifts and spirit of all its members. The group will publicly proclaim “A Declaration for Our Daughters” and deliver a petition by the same name with thousands of Catholic signatures to the bishops. Carrying pink carnations and paper invitations, the group will personally invite our bishops to follow Pope Francis’ call to “dialogue fearlessly,” so that together we can build a church community where girls, women, and all who seek equality and justice are welcome. Participants will be wearing pink.(photo: conference)

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Open Door Witness” for women’s ordination

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 giugno 2016

women's ordinationRome Friday, 3 June 2016, 08,00 am Garden of Castel S. Angelo (Piazza Pia) Coinciding with the Vatican’s Jubilee for Priests, women’s ordination advocates are offering a celebration of a renewed image of the priesthood — one that is inclusive and welcoming of all people — by hosting their own, “Jubilee for Women Priests.” During the Vatican’s Mass for Priests on June 3rd, WOW will hold an officially permitted witness for women’s ordination and equality in the Catholic Church, offering a visual guide to “opening the door” to women. Wearing purple stoles — the international symbol for women’s ordination — WOW campaigners will then walk the pilgrim’s path to St. Peter’s as the Jubilee Mass for Priests gets underway.Yesterday, WOW launched the Jubilee for Women Priests with a discussion on women’s ordination with: Rev. Dana English, Fr. Tony Flannery, Dr. Marinella Perroni, and Jamie Manson at Casa internazionale delle donne, and made headlines when two women priests met with an official of the Vatican Secretary of State for a first-of-its-kind meeting. In addition, images of women priests by Italian artist Giulia Bianchi have been posted around Rome with the hashtag #OrdainWomen, and will remain for ten days according to the permit from the City of Rome. The Jubilee for Women Priests comes as Pope Francis is calling for the Church to “see in the women’s movement the working of the Spirit for a clearer recognition of the dignity and rights of women.” (Amoris Laetitia)
Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW), founded in 1996 at the First European Women’s Synod in Austria, is an ecumenical network of national and international groups whose primary mission at this time is the admission of Roman Catholic women to all ordained ministries. (foto: women’s ordination)

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Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo visited Dolores

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 dicembre 2014

Philippine climateGreenpeace makes solidarity visit to Dolores, Samar, ground zero of Typhoon Hagupit Dolores, Eastern Samar, Philippines, Greenpeace has today made a visit of solidarity to Dolores in Eastern Samar where Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in the Philippines before weaving a destructive path across the country and displacing more than a million people.Together with Philippine climate commissioner Naderev ‘Yeb’ M. Sano and Greenpeace Southeast Asia Executive Director Von Hernandez he met with local authorities, visited schools and talked with the public.They had earlier visited the town of Laiya in Batangas province on Monday night local time, sheltering from the storm front in churches and schools with villagers as the storm front made a direct hit on the coastal community.In Dolores, Naidoo was told 7,000 people of the population of 40,800, were still in evacuation centres, while one person was killed. Mayor Emiliana Villacarillo said 80 percent of homes were destroyed and much of the region’s farmland ruined.
“This is ground zero of the destruction caused by Typhoon Hagupit. It’s been an extremely humbling experience to spend time here and witness how the community has risen to address the devastation that they’ve faced. There’s a lot of pain and hardship. One life was lost, homes destroyed, infrastructure ruined and agricultural land damaged.“I’ve been moved by the spirit of the mayor. She is strong and determined but she needs help. All of us need to mobilise to support her when she says she wants to build a more resilient community and to adapt to climate change. The people are resilient, their spirits are strong and the smiles are amazing to see through all this pain, but the truth is they need help. I call upon people all over the world to find ways in which they can support communities like this as we face more and more impacts of climate change.”Greenpeace is calling on delegates at the UN climate talks in Lima to also stand with the people of the Philippines and deliver an ambitious climate solution and end the fossil fuel age.Real action can also be taken by citizens around the world, by the CEOs of major energy companies and by governments to bring about a future based on 100% clean and renewable energy sources, to end tropical rainforest destruction and shift towards ecological agriculture. Every day lost will add to the burden of devastating climate change.Greenpeace Southeast Asia Executive Director Von Hernandez said:“The major oil, coal and gas companies are to blame for the increased likelihood of more intense and destructive storms, and they should pay for the damage and help prevent causing further harm. Like Big Tobacco before them, the Big Polluters are going to have to face the survivors of disasters like those in Dolores who have had their homes destroyed, family and friends killed, and their livelihoods wiped out. Their product is the problem.”

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For American politics in 2009–10

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 Maggio 2010

Theodore R. Marmor is a world renowned expert on healthcare policy and Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Management, Yale University (1979-2007). Among his writings are The Politics of Medicare (1970, 2000), America’s Misunderstood Welfare State (with Jerry Mashaw and Philip Harvey), and, most recently, Fads, Fallacies, and Foolishness in Medical Care Management and Policy (2007). He has been a consultant to government and non-profit agencies and an expert witness testifying, among others, before Congress about medical care reform in the United States, and in Canada about the constitutionality of the Canada Health Act. Professor Marmor is now an adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Harvard’s J.F. Kennedy School of Government.
The Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice aims to stimulate the further intellectual development of comparative policy studies and the growth of an international community of scholars in the field. It is published by Routledge and is in association with the International Comparative Policy Analysis-Forum, a scholarly society advancing collaborative international comparative policy research and its dissemination.  The journal gives priority to comparative studies that: Contribute to comparative theory development; Present theory-based empirical research; Offer comparative evaluations of research methods; Derive the practice implications of theory-based research; Use conceptual heuristics to interpret practice; Draw lessons based on policies that have in common comparable concerns.

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Rights and duties of Catholic minorities

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 febbraio 2010

Mgr Anton Cosa, Bishop of Chisinau, stated that “although we know that as ‘a minority’ our Churches are able and already do contribute to the common good of the societies in which we live, through our even limited pastoral institutions, above all in terms of hospitality, education, and support to families in need. Following the ad limina visit, which I made with the bishops of Romania, the Holy Father gave us another task when he encouraged us to make “a determined commitment to foster the presence of Christian values in society, developing centres of formation where young people can learn authentic values embellished by the cultural genius of your countries, to be able to witness to them in the environments where they live” (Address of Pope Benedict XVI, 12.02.2010). The Church wants to make its specific contribution to the building of a reconciled and stable society, capable of tackling the on-going process of secularisation”. Nine Bishops’ Conferences will be represented: Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, the International Bishops’ Conference of SS Cyril and Methodius, Moldova, Romania, and Turkey. In the course of the meeting there will also be an intervention from the CCEE President, Cardinal Péter Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest; the Apostolic Nuncio in Romania and the Republc of Moldova, Mgr Francisco-Javier Lozano; and the Holy See’s Permanent Observer at the Council of Europe, Mgr Aldo Giordano.

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