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500 Jahre “Hier stehe ich …”: im TV am 17./18. April 2021

500 Jahre “Hier stehe ich …”: im TV am 17./18. April 2021

Am 18. April 1521 soll der Mönch und Reformator Martin Luther auf dem Reichstag in Worms jene berühmten Sätze gesagt haben: „Hier stehe ich. Ich kann nicht anders!“ Sein Auftritt steht bis heute als bedeutendes Beispiel für Zivilcourage und das Einstehen für die...

Easter/Ostern

Easter/Ostern

“So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.” (1 Cor 15:42f) In fraternal solidarity we greet you hopefully and...

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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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500 Jahre “Hier stehe ich …”: im TV am 17./18. April 2021

500 Jahre “Hier stehe ich …”: im TV am 17./18. April 2021

Am 18. April 1521 soll der Mönch und Reformator Martin Luther auf dem Reichstag in Worms jene berühmten Sätze gesagt haben: „Hier stehe ich. Ich kann nicht anders!“ Sein Auftritt steht bis heute als bedeutendes Beispiel für Zivilcourage und das Einstehen für die...

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 will flow into the conference “What can be learned from Corona?”, which the CPCE is running with the WCRC Europe and the Protestant Church in Switzerland (17 -19 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.

Easter Appeal 2020 for Aleppo and Lesbos

The CPCE’s Easter 2020 Appeal raised EUR 103,812.17. The threatening coronavirus outbreak prompted the campaign to swiftly provide aid where the medical situation was already precarious. The CPCE’s appeal therefore focused on two projects:

  • Boosting medical aid to the refugees living in dreadfully cramped conditions on the Greek island of Lesbos, with the assistance of the Swiss Guido Fluri Foundation.
  • Supporting the Bethel Polyclinic in Aleppo, run by the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in Syria, via the Gustav Adolf Foundation (GAW Leipzig), e.g. purchasing medicines and food.

Heartfelt thanks to all the churches and individuals who donated to the appeal!

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”.