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Kommuniqué von PCPCU und GEKE (DE/EN/FR/IT)

Kommuniqué von PCPCU und GEKE (DE/EN/FR/IT)

Am 7. September 2021 fand in den Räumen des Päpstlichen Rates zur Förderung der Einheit der Christen (PCPCU) im Vatikan ein Treffen zwischen Vertretern des PCPCU und der Gemeinschaft Evangelischer Kirchen in Europa (GEKE) statt. Gegenstand der Gespräche war die...

Protestantism between Nationalism and Cosmopolitism

Protestantism between Nationalism and Cosmopolitism

This is the title of a project for young theologians. In a first part from 4 November 2021 until 10 February 2022 seven session with lectures and discussions will take place (digital academy, see flyer). A second part with a conference in physical presence in Vienna...

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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.

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.

Young Theologians in Communion

The Communion of Protestant Churches in Europe gets young people involved in its work. To support this intention, in June 2020 the Council convened a reference group of young theologians, inviting more than 20 nominees aged between 21 and 35 years, put forward by their own churches, to take part in the Young Theologians in Communion programme. This group of young people will use the time leading up to the next General Assembly to scrutinise the work currently being conducted by the CPCE (doctrinal conversations, topics, activities) so as to inject a younger perspective. Their role will help them get to know the Church Communion and to directly experience and actively help shape “unity in reconciled diversity”.