Visit to our partner church in Slovakia: OKR Barbara Rudolph and President Manfred Rekowski with Bishop Laszlo Fazekas and General Curator Vince Fekete of the Reformed Christian Church in Slovakia .
Ecumenism in Europe
Helping to shape Europe
Rhineland Church (EKiR) supports the view that the Protestant voice needs to be
heard more strongly in Europe – and is committed to seeing that this is
achieved. It has partner churches in many countries and is involved with the
Community of Protestant Churches in Europe.
in Europe is one of the key topics for the Rhineland Church. In 1996 the
Regional Synod issued a call under the heading: “Helping to shape Europe – a
task for Christians, communities and churches”. In addition, in 2000 the Synod
approved the document “On the way towards a community of European
accordance with this the EKiR co-operates with the Community of Protestant
Churches in Europe (CPCE) and its North West Regional Group and also with the
Conference of Churches on the Rhine. In addition there is also co-operation
with the Conference of Protestant Churches in the Latin Countries of Europe
(Conférence des Eglises protestantes des pays latins d'Europe, = CEPPLE)
that, the EKiR is a member of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), a
community of more than 120 Orthodox, Anglican, Protestant and Old-Catholic
Churches in Europe. The EKiR represents the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD)
on the CEC Commission for Church and Society.
this basis the EKiR fosters fellowship with its partner churches in Europe. The
ecumenical department of the Regional Church office promotes relationships with
European partner churches through visits, projects, and offering advice to
local congregations and groups of churches with respect to twinning
partnerships and internships in congregations.
are particularly strong partnerships with the French Reformed Church, with the Union
of Methodist and Waldensian Churches in Italy and with the Reformed Church in
churches of the EKiR in Europe:
- United Protestant Church in Belgium
- Union of Protestant Churches in Alsace and Lorraine
- Reformed Church of France
- Union of Waldensian and Methodist Churches in Italy
- Protestant Church in The Netherlands
- Reformed Church in Poland
- Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania
- Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren
- Reformed Church in Hungary
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