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50 years Leuenberg Agreement: Call for Papers

50 years Leuenberg Agreement: Call for Papers

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Leuenberg Agreement the Reformed Theological University of Debrecen (Hungary) holds an international academic symposium from 9 to 11 March 2023. This symposium will offer a special opportunity to reflect critically and...

Nominierungen zu Konsultationen – Nominations to consultations

Nominierungen zu Konsultationen – Nominations to consultations

Die Gemeinschaft Evangelischer Kirchen in Europa plant im Herbst 2022 zwei Konsultationen mit Vertreter:innen der Mitgliedskirchen und beteiligten Kirchen: im November 2022 wird in Cluj-Napoca (Rumänien) eine Gottesdienst-Konsultation stattfinden, die sich besonders...

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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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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.

Forum “Young Theology”

The “Protestant Forum for Young Theology in Europe” took place in Vienna from 11 to 14 May, 2022. From twelve countries, 20 young adults came together who have recently started working in church professions or are about to complete their theology studies. The Forum for young theology is a collaborative project between the CPCE, the Protestant League of Hesse (EBH) and the Center for Protestant Theology in easter Europe (ZETO). Due to this transnational cooperation, the aims and focus of the conference, the project was financially supported by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.

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In view of the current war in Ukraine, the relevance of the topic and the dialogue also between the churches became even clearer. Peter Morée, professor of church history at the University of Prague, introduced the complex topic with a pointed opening lecture. Vivid country reports from the participants illuminated the role nationalism and cosmopolitanism in church life. Finally, on the third day, various concrete output formats were developed and made available online for the benefit of a broader audience. On the one hand, ten theses were developed under the heading “Towards an Inclusive Identity in Christ – Theses about Nationalism, Identities and Christian Churches.” On the other hand, prayers and sermon suggestions were formulated for use in church services, a double lesson was conceived for religious education classes, and a canon was composed.

In the forum it became clear how much the different churches of Europe are rooted in their respective countries. On the one hand, the churches are shaped by the history and culture, the political and confessional contexts of the respective country. On the other hand, it became clear among the participants, that even as a minority churches strive to contribute to society, and thus to help shape history and culture even today. Through the country reports and the encounters, understanding and tolerance for the churches and people from other countries grew. In the discussions and not least in the outputs, it also became clear how much the common faith gives Protestantism the potential to learn from churches in other countries across national borders and benefits from encouraging impulses from others. The forum offered fruitful encounters and is a valuable platform to connect young theologians in Europe, who will help shape the future of the churches in their respective countries.

Young Theology – digital academy an conference Vienna (young-theology.eu)

“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.