Press Release No. 11/20e

27.06.11 17:10

Link ecclesiology to mission 

Churches in Dialogue Commission of CEC looks forward to working with new Interim Director, Revd Dr Kaisamari Hintikka, and defines working priorities for the coming years

The annual meeting of the CEC Churches in Dialogue Commission (CiD) took place from 24-26 June in Budapest, Hungary. The meeting was kindly hosted in the offices of Prof. Dr. Istvan Szabo, member of this commission and the Reformed Bishop of Budapest. This meeting was preceded by a Consultation on “Vision on Unity- Points of Convergence (see Press Release No. 11/18e).  In its evaluation of this consultation the commission considered it as very inspiring and helpful for building the fellowship of its members.  

One of the first points in the agenda of this meeting was for the CiD members to meet with Revd Dr Kaisamari Hintikka, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, appointed by the CEC Presidium as Interim Director of this commission. Revd Hintikka will take up her position with CEC on the 1st of next September.  

Another major aspect of the discussions during the CiD meeting was the issue of the Charta Oecumenica and the commission made plans how to continuously use the Charta in its work and to implement it in Europe; e.g. among the young generations of theologians.  

The commission also elaborated the working priorities for its work during the next year. In this respect the CiD would very much like to continue its reflection on linking ecclesiology to mission, its involvement in the Graz process, the promotion of dialogue between Orthodox churches and the other member churches of CEC as well as to strengthen the ecumenical formation in Europe. In relation to these topics specific projects have been proposed to take place during the next year. 

Rev. Prof. Dr Viorel Ionita, Interim General Secretary of CEC and Director of the CiD, stated: “It was very important that Revd Hintikka attended this very inspiring meeting as the working priorities for this commission for 2012 were defined in her presence. In this respect the continuity of the CiD work beyond the changes in the Director position is best secured”.  


The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant, and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, and of 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.   

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