CEC is an ecumenical fellowship of 114 churches from Orthodox, Protestant, and Anglican traditions, across Europe. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we are constantly accompanying our Member Churches, National Councils of Churches and Organisations in Partnership in prayer and solidarity. 

CEC recommends following instructions and information from the World Health Organization and local authorities. The WHO website contains the necessary and latest information and advice for individuals, organisations, and countries on measures of precaution and mitigation.  

To ensure the safety and health of its staff and community at large, CEC together with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe has taken strict measures, cancelling operations in its Brussels and Strasbourg office, complying with instructions from local authorities, working on its programmes online.

How is CEC responding?

  • CEC video features responses to human rights in the times of COVID-19: Churches and believers across Europe have experienced numerous hardships, posing challenges to the state of human rights in the times of COVID-19. To explore these issues, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) releases a new video, featuring impressions from participants of its 7th virtual Summer School on Human Rights.
  • EPP webinar: Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on churches. CEC general secretary Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen spoke at a webinar of the EPP Working Group on Intercultural and Religious Dialogue, on 24 June 2020, focused on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on churches and churches’ social teachings in response to COVID.
  • "Christ is risen, He is truly risen!" - Rev. Christian Krieger and H. Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, respectively presidents of CEC and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union share a common Easter message amidst COVID-19.
  • CEC Presidency message to members and partners - CEC Presidency: Rev. Christian Krieger, Rt Rev. Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani and Metropolitan Cleopas of Sweden and All Scandinavia have issued a call to churches to be united in prayers amid COVID-19 crisis.

Prayers, messages and action from our members and partners

CEC members and partners are offering messages of hope and encouragement, sharing online resources not only to exchange information but also to support each other spiritually. They are taking action to respond to the crisis with efforts supporting the most vulnerable and isolated.

CEC features here websites of all its Member Churches, National Councils of Churches and Organisations in Partnership, where you can read on their respective websites about their response to COVID-19.

We are supporting and contributing to the World Council of Churches: "Coping with the Coronavirus"  - a global ecumenical resource to share information, good practices, prayers and action.   

To keep updated on news from CEC, our members and partners, read our Weekly Update

For more information or to coordinate an interview, please email: naveen@cec-kek.be.

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