Bishop of Guilford elected president of CEC: The Church of England Newspaper, August 11, 2013 August 16, 2013Posted by geoconger in Church of England, Church of England Newspaper, EU.
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The 14th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) has elected the Bishop of Guilford, the Rt. Rev. Christopher Hill, to serve as president of the pan-European ecumenical group.
Comprising 115 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches and 40 associated organizations from across Europe, delegates to last month’s meeting of the CEC Assembly also approved a new constitution “to help the European Churches to share their spiritual life, to strengthen their common witness and service, and to promote the unity of the Church and peace in the world.”
The social and economic plight of immigrants in Europe was one of the primary issues debated by the Assembly. Delegates learned the Social Charter of the Council of Europe, the EU’s human rights watchdog, will take up a complaint filed by the CEC against the Netherlands for systematic ill-treatment of illegal aliens.
Delegates also voted to move the organization’s headquarters from Geneva to Brussels in order to be closer to the European Union and related institutions. Home to the organization since 1959, the Geneva office will be closed, but a subsidiary office in Strasburg while remain open for the present.