Press Release No: 15/48
30 November 2015
From 25 to 27 November the CEC Governing Board held its regular meetings in Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia at the invitation of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
The setting in Armenia provided opportunity for a number of significant moments, including an audience with His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Commemorations of the centennial of the Armenian genocide continued as the group visited the Armenian genocide memorial complex in Yerevan. The board laid flowers and CEC President Rt Rev. Christopher Hill KCVO, DD led intercessional prayers.
Progress was made in planning for the next CEC General Assembly, which will take place in 2018. The board also approved Friends (Quakers) World Committee for Consultation – Europe and Middle East Section (EMES) as the newest CEC Organisation in Partnership.
Normal business matters included staff updates on all program areas, and also updates on the activities of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe. The Governing Board responded to the current refugee crisis and trends in Europe with a public statement, “A Europe of Peace and Hospitality”.
The next regular meeting takes place in June 2016 in Brussels.
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The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 114 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 national council of churches and organisations in partnership. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Brussels and Strasbourg.