What is CECWhat is CEC

The Conference of European Churches came into being after the Second World War on the initiative of leading representatives of European churches. Their intention was that the churches in Europe should support one another in the exercise of the ministry of reconciliation incumbent on them all. The first Assembly was held at Nyborg from 6th to 9th January 1959. On 8th October 1964, during its IVth Assembly, the Conference adopted its first Constitution. Since then the number of member churches has increased and the fellowship between them has deepened, as has co-operation with the Council of European Roman Catholic Bishops' Conferences (CCEE).

The member churches of the Conference seek by the grace of the Triune God to pursue together the path of growing conciliar understanding on which they have set out. In faithfulness to the Gospel, as witnessed in the Holy Scripture and transmitted in and through the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit, they seek to continue to grow in the fellowship (koinonia) of faith, hope and love. Faithful to this Gospel, they also seek to make a common contribution to the mission of the Church, to the safeguarding of life and the wellbeing of all humankind.

In its commitment to Europe as a whole the Conference seeks to help the European churches to renew their spiritual life, to strengthen their common witness and service and to promote the unity of the Church and peace in the world.

(From the Preamble of the CEC Constitution, adopted in 1992)

The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches along with 40 associated organisations from all countries on the European continent.

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