An Open Letter and Consultation

Europe is facing several unprecedented challenges including Brexit, long-term economic difficulties in Southern countries, massive influx of migrants and refugees, threat to peace and stability, military conflict in Eastern Ukraine and issues concerning people living together with different cultures and religions.

In this context, CEC launched a public discussion on Future of Europe by sharing an Open letter on Future of Europe with its Member Churches in 2016.

The document reflects the original vision of the EU, addressing challenges and newly emerging lines of division in EU from churches’ perspective. The letter generated responses and discussions at national and regional levels and four regional consultations that CEC organised through 2017.

Resources from the 2018 Novi Sad General Assembly:

Outcomes of the Consultation

Outcomes of the Regional Consultations

As part of the broader consultation and process that led to the 2018 Novi Sad General Assembly, the Conference of European Churches hosted a series of regional consultations across Europe.

Open Letter: What Future for Europe?

Follow the links to access the Open Letter in PDF:

About the Consultation

At its regular meeting from 8 to 10 June 2016 in Brussels, the Conference of European Churches Governing Board approved an open letter addressed to its members and partners on the current situation in Europe, where we are facing an increasing number of challenges. Developments in Europe toward more unity and cooperation, so much appreciated some decades ago, are now increasingly put into doubt. Churches in many parts of the continent have been contributing to the European project at different stages by raising their voice, highlighting the role of churches in society, emphasising the role of churches and ethics and values, reaching beyond economic well being. At this crucial moment, we invite all to the discussion on the future of Europe and the role of the churches in the process. Although the EU has a special role and responsibility for the continent, we are aware that Europe is much more than the EU.

This letter launched a broad process of consultation between CEC and its membership leading to the 2018 Novi Sad General Assembly. Many Member Churches, Organisations in Partnership, and National Councils of Churches participated in this process through a variety of means. Some have written responses, others have invited Conference of European Churches leadership to ecumenical conferences, while still others have held group discussions and consultations. Throughout 2017, we hosted a series of regional consultations to further this process and develop a truly European response to our common challenges.

All of us have a word to say on the future of the continent and in shaping Europe as our common home.

For more information, please contact CEC Study Secretary Peter Pavlovic.


CEC is thankful for all received contributions. These documents emerge from the diversity of local, regional, and national contexts that make up the Conference of European Churches and Europe as a whole. The opinions and perspectives expressed here do not necessary reflect the position of CEC.

Member Churches

Church of England Council for Christian Unity

Church of Ireland

Church of Norway

Church of Scotland

Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD) Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

Evangelical Reformed Church in Poland

Evangelische Landeskirche in Baden

Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches

Methodist Church in Ireland

Polish Catholic Church

Protestant Church in the Netherlands

Protestant Reformed Church of Luxembourg

Salvation Army – International Headquarters

Silesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Czech Republic

Union of Evangelical Free Churches in Germany 

United Protestant Church in Belgium

United Methodist Church – Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe

National Councils of Churches

Council of Churches in the Netherlands

Ecumenical Council of Churches in Hungary

Irish Council of Churches

Other Contributions

Church and Peace

Faith in Europe

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) – Europe and Middle East Section

International Old Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Union of Utrecht

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