Politics and Christian values

May 15, 2024 09:00
May 17, 2024 17:00
Thessaloniki, Greece

CEC is organising a conference titled “Politics as an area for expressing Christian values in everyday life” from 15 to 17 May 2024 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The event is held in cooperation with the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), the Holy Metropolis of Thessaloniki and the School of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The conference will feature reflections and political dialogue in view of the upcoming European elections in June 2024. It aims to approach, study and contribute to the promotion of Christian values in the field of society, politics and social sciences. 

Participants will explore the role of churches as identity formers engaging in public discourse on social and ethical questions, such as the ongoing financial, economic, social, war and climate crises. These questions are simultaneously political questions, for which decisions are made on the national as well as a European level. 

The conference will discuss how churches can play a role in this area, tapping into their spiritual and theological resources and inspiring their members to embody and promote their fundamental values in their everyday life, thus contributing to the building of a humane and socially coherent Europe.

The conference will also discuss the reality of growing religious illiteracy among political decision-makers and way for churches to claim and safeguard space for faith as a legitimate element in a European political discourse. In the current pre-election period for the European elections, the conference is meant to offer an opportunity to express churches’ firm commitment to European values and the EU acquis, and redefining of a framework of priorities for a sustainable future of Europe.

Among the speakers will be CEC President H.E. Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain, CEC Vice-President Bishop Dr Dagmar Winter from the Church of England, Rev. Almut Bretschneider-Felzmann, Ecumenical Officer and Theological Advisor from the Church of Sweden, Rev. Dimitrios Boukis, General Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Synod of the Evangelical Church of Greece and Rev. Thomas Wipf, President of the European Council of Religious Leaders, Religions for Peace.

Attendance is free and all are welcome to attend the conference at the Faculty of Theology in Thessaloniki.

For more information download the conference programme schedule and the opening ceremony 


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