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News from the CRC – Neues aus der KKR

News from the CRC – Neues aus der KKR

Die Konferenz der Kirchen am Rhein (KKR) ist 2021 sechzig Jahre alt geworden. Sie ist damit die älteste Regionalgruppe der GEKE, die bereits vor Unterzeichnung der Leuenberger Konkordie über Landes- und Kirchengrenzen hinweg zusammenarbeitete. Gegründet wurde die KKR...

Change of guard in the Caucasus – Stabwechsel am Kaukasus

Change of guard in the Caucasus – Stabwechsel am Kaukasus

Protestant minority churches located in an Orthodox environment live under special circumstances, as does the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Georgia (ELCG), which covers territory reaching into Armenia and Azerbaijan. On 15 April 2022, the incumbent Bishop Markus...

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The CPCE is the umbrella organisation of the protestant churches. 94 lutheran, methodist, reformed and united churches from over thirty countries in Europe and South America belong to it. With that the CPCE represents altogether around 50 million Protestants.

The CPCE exists thanks to the Leuenberg Agreement of 1973. It concluded: churches are allowed to be different because they appeal to the Gospel as their common basis. That sounds simple, but has far-reaching consequences: since then a lutheran minister can preach from a reformed pulpit or a French minister lead a congregation in Germany.

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News from the CRC – Neues aus der KKR

News from the CRC – Neues aus der KKR

Die Konferenz der Kirchen am Rhein (KKR) ist 2021 sechzig Jahre alt geworden. Sie ist damit die älteste Regionalgruppe der GEKE, die bereits vor Unterzeichnung der Leuenberger Konkordie über Landes- und Kirchengrenzen hinweg zusammenarbeitete. Gegründet wurde die KKR...

About us

The CPCE is the umbrella organisation of the protestant churches. 94 lutheran, methodist, reformed and united churches from over thirty countries in Europe and South America belong to it. With that the CPCE represents altogether around 50 million Protestants.

The CPCE exists thanks to the Leuenberg Agreement of 1973. It concluded: churches are allowed to be different because they appeal to the Gospel as their common basis. That sounds simple, but has far-reaching consequences: since then a lutheran minister can preach from a reformed pulpit or a French minister lead a congregation in Germany.

“Euro-orphans”

Numerous children are growing up without parents in eastern (and to some extent also southern) Europe, dubbed “Euro-orphans” by the international press. What happens to these children when their parents go to work abroad indefinitely?

The CPCE is working with the Gustav Adolf Foundation to support various projects run by churches for these children and their families in eight different European countries. The managers of these projects have now met for the first time.

Being church together in a pandemic

COVID-19 has changed our lives – and that of the churches. The CPCE’s Advisory Board on Ethics has produced an interim reflection upon the (ethical) challenges presented by the pandemic on behalf of the Council, entitled “Being church together in a pandemic”.

This text was discussed in the conference “What can be learned from Corona?”, which the CPCE was running with the WCRC Europe and the Protestant Church in Switzerland in March, 2021.

You can access the statement “Being Church Together in a Pandemic – Reflections from a Protestant Perspective” and information on the conference “What can be learned from Corona?” here.

News from the Young Theologians

The “Young Theologians in Communion” have commenced work. After spending over a year familiarising themselves with the work of the CPCE, the reference group of young theologians has formed sub-groups to critically observe twelve CPCE work processes until the General Assembly. The reference group will be reporting on progress with the work processes, discussing the subject matter, and weaving their thoughts and suggestions back into the processes – particularly during consultations.