Working Group comprising of representatives from the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Catholic Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) met in Dublin, Ireland, on 19 September to revise the ecumenical document Charta Œcumenica.
The meeting was hosted by the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.
The Charta Œcumenica is a joint document of CEC and the CCEE. It was signed by the presidents of the two organisations in 2001 and seeks to preserve and develop fellowship among churches. It marked the beginning of the century by calling the churches in Europe to dialogue, unity and action, and particularly to their common responsibility in facing issues of peace and justice in Europe.
The aim of the working group is to revise the current Charta Ecumenica, and to update areas that require modification given the current changing circumstances in European society as well as among Christians. The goal is to ensure that the document remains relevant in the current context.
The finalised revision is to be confirmed by 2025 and made ready and available for distribution by the time of the Charta’s 25th Anniversary in 2026, in which there is also the proposed continental meeting of the European Ecumenical Assembly.