Posts Tagged “CEC”

Lampedusa Ecumenical Statement

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Lampedusa Ecumenical Statement

The organisations which arranged the “Living and witnessing the border” conference in Palermo and Lampedusa issued a joint statement which emphasised the gospel imperatives to welcome, protect and nourish. CTBI’s Christine Elliott attended the conference and will post her reflections on the event which coincided with the fourth anniversary of the 3 October 2013 loss…

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Migration, Integration and European Values – faith leaders meet European Commission

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Migration, Integration and European Values – faith leaders meet European Commission

On Tuesday 29 November, senior Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Mormon leaders gathered for the 12th annual high-level meeting at the European Commission. This gathering focused on “Migration, Integration and European Values: Putting values into action”. Participants discussed a range of concerns relating to the global crises resulting in widespread migration to Europe, including the emergence…

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Migrants: from fear to compassion

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Migrants: from fear to compassion

The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) joined with CEC, COMECE to discuss the fears stirred up by mass migration with the Directorate General Justice and Consumers of the European Commission on 24 October. They met in advance of the annual EU religious leaders’ summit to be held on 29 November. Mass migration prompted…

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Have No Fear conference statement – churches should overcome hesitation to address the public

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Have No Fear conference statement – churches should overcome hesitation to address the public

A statement has been produced based on last week’s Have No Fear conference in Lunteren, organised by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN). Between 14 and 16 June, sixty representatives of churches, ecumenical…

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Dr Anders Wejryd: “it seems fear has taken over from realism and humanism” #HaveNoFear

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Dr Anders Wejryd: “it seems fear has taken over from realism and humanism” #HaveNoFear

Archbishop Emeritus Dr Anders Wejryd (WCC President for Europe) spoke today at the beginning of the Have No Fear conference in Lunteren, Netherlands organised by CCME, CEC, WCC and Protestantse Kerk. When some of us met in Munich eight months ago there was still hope that empathy, wisdom and solidarity would guide refugee politics. we…

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Commemorating lives lost on the passage to Europe

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Commemorating lives lost on the passage to Europe

The Have No Fear conference is running in Lantern, Netherlands this week. Organised by WCC, CEC and CCME, the agenda includes a commemoration service that will be held in Keizersgracht Kerk in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening at 17:30. Over a thousand people lost their lives during May crossing water to seek refuge in Europe. So…

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CEC Summer School on Human Rights: Stand Up for Women and Children’s Rights

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CEC Summer School on Human Rights: Stand Up for Women and Children’s Rights

The Conference of European Churches (CEC) human rights summer school will be held next week in Thessaloniki, Greece. Alongside specific sessions looking at the experience of women and children as refugees, the event will also explore human and organ trafficking, sexual exploitation, working conditions and pay, an equal level of education and progress in the…

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Ecumenical organisations call for stronger, humane response to refugee crisis

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Ecumenical organisations call for stronger, humane response to refugee crisis

Five ecumenical organisations have written to EU leaders calling for a better response to the refugee crisis. The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), Eurodiaconia, EU-CORD, and the ACT Alliance EU are asking European governments to “develop more humane responses for refugee protection in full compliance with European…

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