Press Release: Communication of Christian Faith in Today’s Europe

19 November, 2014

Press Release No: 14/36
17 November 2014

Communication of Christian Faith in Today’s Europe
Meeting of the CCEE-CEC Joint Committee in Hannover

Communication of the Christian faith in today’s Europe will be the focus of the annual meeting of the Joint Committee of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), scheduled to take place in Hannover (Germany) from 17-19 November.

The Committee, which was established in 1972, has the role of supervising co-operation between CEC and CCEE. As well as the General Secretaries of the two bodies, the Joint Committee has seven CEC members and seven members appointed by CCEE.

The meeting will be co-chaired by the Right Reverend Christopher Hill D.D. (Church of England), President of CEC and His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Vice‐President of CCEE.

The main theme of the meeting will be developed from three main addresses:

-          Communication in Today’s Europe by the Federal Minister Dr. Irmgard Schwaetzer, President of  the 11th Synod of EKD and member of the Council of EKD;
-          Christian communication and “marketing” of Christian faith today by the Reverend Drs. Klaas van der Kamp, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Netherlands – Marketing Jongbloed;
-          Christian Communication and building communion by His Lordship Mgr. Gintaras Grusas, Archbishop of Vilnius.

A panel discussion on the Status quaestionis of the dialogue of the new technologies and the church will conclude the reflection. The agenda also includes the report of CCEE and CEC activities.
The days will be marked by moments of prayer according to the different Christian denominations present at the meeting. The meeting is closed. A news release will be published at the end of the meeting.

For further information, please contact:

Erin Green
CEC Communication Coordinator
phone: +32 2 234 68 42

Thierry Bonaventura
CCEE Media Officer
phone +41 71 227 6044, mobile +41 79 12 80 189


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 Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

The Council of the  Bishops’ Conferences  of  Europe (CCEE) encompasses the current 33 European Bishops’ Conferences, represented by their Presidents, the Archbishops of Luxembourg, of the Principality of Monaco, the Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus and the Bishop of Chişinău (Moldova Rep.), the Eparchial Bishop of Mukachevo and the Apostolic Administrator of Estonia. The current President is Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Primate of Hungary; the Vice-Presidents are Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, and Mgr Angelo Massafra, Archbishop of Shkrodë-Pult (Albania). The General Secretary is Mgr Duarte da Cunha. The Secretariat is based at St Gallen (Switzerland)


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