“Europe East-West – The chance of diversity”

Eastern and Central Europe Consultation

C-and-E-Europe_webSince 1955 Oikosnet Europe, an ecumenical association, gathers Institutions, lay centres and church academies from different European countries and of different denominations (orthodox, catholic, protestant), which seek in their work to understand and reinterpret the significance of the Gospel for the renewal and unity of the churches and for the fullness of each human person and society as a whole.

Aware of the tremendous change changing in Eastern and Central Europe after the fall of the iron curtain in 1990 and the new challenges East and Central European communities are confronted with today, Oikosnet is convinced that the work of church based lay-organisations such as academies, training centres and church houses can be an important contribution for developing a civil society.

Oikosnet Europe wants to tighten the relationship between Eastern-, Central and Western Europe communities by fostering dialogue and exchange and by encouraging mutual understanding. Concretely we want, as an European network organisation, integrate more special concerns and themes of Eastern and Central Europe in our work.

Out of this perspective Oikosnet Europe and its member centre in France, Le Liebfrauenberg, invite to an Eastern-Central Europe Consultation under the theme:

“Europe East-West. The chance of diversity”

Priority for this conference will be given to the exchange between the different institutions and centres. We want to explore common concerns and expectations towards an European network and ways to learn from each other.

In this consulting especially concerns of church organisations in Eastern-, and Central Europe will be taken in consideration.

The proximity of the European Institutions in Strasbourg (Council of Europe, European court of human rights) will be an opportunity to learn more about European organisations and it will be the occasion to discuss development in CEE and Europe especially regarding the actual situation in Eastern- and Central Europe.

Keynote speakers will give the necessary input for the exchange.

A visit to Strasbourg is planned.

For more information about this project please contact Sören Lenz  slenz@liebfrauenberg.com


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