Conference of European Churches

Conference Of European Churches

Conference of European Churches

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The Conference of European Churches (CEC) was founded in 1959 to promote reconciliation, dialogue and friendship between the churches of Europe at a time of growing Cold War political tensions and divisions. It is an ecumenical fellowship of Christian churches in Europe; its membership consists of most of Europe's mainstream Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches. In 2005, CEC had 125 member churches. A major project, completed in 2001, was the production of the Charta Oecumenica of Europe's churches.


The most recent CEC assemblies were held at Graz, Austria in (1997), Trondheim, Norway in (2003) and Lyon, France in 2009.

The Third European Ecumenical Assembly (co-organised by CEC and CCEE) was held in Sibiu, Romania, 4–9 September 2007.

CEC assemblies take place once every six years. The 4th CEC assembly (1964) had to be held on a ship on the Baltic Sea owing to the difficulties of obtaining visas for delegates from eastern European countries. Between assemblies, CEC is governed by a Central Committee meeting annually. Recent meetings have taken place in Geneva (2003), Prague (2004), Crete (2005) and Derry (2006).

The President of CEC (2003-2009) is the Rev Jean Arnold de Clermont (Reformed Church of France). As of July 2010 the post of General Secretary is vacant; the former General Secretary (2005-2010) was the Venerable Colin Williams, formerly Archdeacon of Lancaster in the Church of England. He succeeded the Rev Dr Keith...
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