What is the Conference of European Churches?
Prayer during the 13th CEC Assembly, July 2009

The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is an ecumenical fellowship of churches in Europe which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures and therefore seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Conference came into being after the Second World War on the initiative of leading representatives of European churches. Their intention was that the churches in Europe should support one another in the exercise of the ministry of reconciliation incumbent on them all. The first Assembly was held at Nyborg from 6th to 9th January 1959. On 8th October 1964, during its IVth Assembly, the Conference adopted its first Constitution. Since then the number of member churches has increased and the fellowship between them has deepened, as has co-operation with the Council of European Roman Catholic Bishops' Conferences (CCEE).

The member churches of the Conference seek by the grace of the Triune God to pursue together the path of growing conciliar understanding on which they have set out. In faithfulness to the Gospel, as witnessed in the Holy Scripture and transmitted in and through the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit, they seek to continue to grow in the fellowship (koinonia) of faith, hope and love. Faithful to this Gospel, they also seek to make a common contribution to the mission of the Church, to the safeguarding of life and the wellbeing of all humankind.

In its commitment to Europe as a whole the Conference seeks to help the European churches to renew their spiritual life, to strengthen their common witness and service and to promote the unity of the Church and peace in the world.

(Preamble of the CEC Constitution, adopted in 1992)

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