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7th General Assembly of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe CPCE

Free for the Future – Protestant Churches in Europe

20.-26. September 2012, Florence, Italy

What themes concern the protestant churches in Europe at the beginning of the 3rd millennium? The 500th anniversary of the European Reformation certainly deserves to be given first mention. Yet this jubilee should not just be limited to an historical retrospective. It involves the question: what kinds of renewal can the protestant church develop enthusiasm for at the present time? Protestant churches oriented on national territories and boundaries face the question of how they can express more strongly what they have in common in a Europe which is working ever more closely together on the political level. After all, the churches have gathered much experience with the pluralisation of national societies in recent decades. It is time for them to reflect on their common theological view of these matters and to debate it on the European level.

In the year 2012 there is a place where the protestant churches of Europe can take counsel on these questions and reach shared agreements.

On the initiative of the Italian churches the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe invites its member churches to its

7th General Assembly from 20th to 26th September 2012 in Florence, Italy.

“Free for the Future – Protestant Churches in Europe” is its motto.

Additionally, two half-days (on 24th and 25th September 2012) will be devoted to a European Forum on the theme “Europe’s Protestant Churches Turn to the Future“.

In according with the commission of the last General Assembly in Budapest it is already decided that the Assembly in Florence will deal especially with the working results contained in four texts:
  1. „Scripture-Confession-Church“
  2. “Ministry-Ordination-Episcope”
  3. “Stand up for Justice“
  4. “Ministerial Training”
For the work of the following years up to the 8th General Assembly the Council will recommend three equally important targets to the Assembly:
  1. The CPCE works on the theme, “Europe’s Churches Turn to the Future“ and celebrates the Reformation Jubilee 2017 in the context of the Reformation in Europe.
  2. In witness and service and in its organizational forms CPCE strengthens its unity, community and catholicity and also reflects them in ecumenical dialogue with other Christian confessions.
  3. CPCE reflects on the protestant view of the growing religious pluralisation in Europe and of the encounter with representatives of other religions and world-views.