We are on the journey to the first European Christian Convention (ECC). The convention will be a participatory large-scale gathering. A Christian event – fully ecumenical – open to everyone – bringing together people from all over Europe and beyond.
In order to realize our objective we are on the way to create a movement in which events and meetings in Europe are steps towards the ECC. We hope this will be first of a series of such gatherings.
The ECC will be a place to share our spirituality. Sharing the Bible, praying and singing are at the heart of our spirituality and thus central to our “Convention”. We want to share with each other our spiritual journeys and our experiences. The European Christian „Convention“ is part of a pilgrimage contributing to the transformation of our world. We want the to be a cultural festival with music, theatre, arts as well as the richness of cultural life in our churches and movements, including open space for youth culture.
… as a place of dialogue
between our Christian traditions and with the people of the different faiths and worldviews that make up Europe.
… as a place to address burning issues
There is space for large debates and small workshops, for exhibitions and initiatives. We want to bring in a positive vision for Europe from a Christian perspective and to contribute to the building of European society. We want to tackle the challenges Europe is facing. We want to strengthen European values. We want to contribute to a “Soul for Europe”.
Inspired by our Christian faith and the need to strengthen Christian confidence, witness and service, the European Christian Convention (ECC) seeks to make a significant contribution towards greater unity and integration of people in Europe and to mobilise responsibility in the world. Its goal is to organise a large-scale ecumenical gathering of Christians in Europe and beyond.
The European Christian Convention (ECC) is a non-profit making organisation and sees itself as a movement committed to mend brokenness and bring healing in our turbulent continent.
Our Common Vision for a European Christian “Convention”
Coming from a diversity of national, cultural and social backgrounds, Europe is our common home. Living our faith in different church traditions, we are united by the same gospel. Our diversity enriches us and we want to celebrate our faith together.
We acknowledge our responsibility to create a future with hope for the whole of Europe and for the world. We stand up for peace, freedom and well-being, compassion and solidarity. At this time of crises we want to contribute to European unity and Europe’s responsibility in the world. Inspired by our Christian faith we want to strengthen the fabric of European society.
The Christian vision for peace, freedom and justice gave impetus to the European project. Today, peace and freedom in Europe are threatened by an increasing number of conflicts. Inequality is growing. More and more people are facing poverty and social exclusion. Countless people have died because of the walling-up of Europe’s external frontiers leading to new borders within Europe and with its neighbours.
We want to live up to the Ecumenical commitment of the churches in Europe for unity.
“We are convinced that the spiritual heritage of Christianity constitutes an empowering source of inspiration and enrichment for Europe. On the basis of our Christian faith, we work towards a humane, socially conscious Europe, in which human rights and the basic values of peace, justice, freedom, tolerance, participation and solidarity prevail.” (Charta Oecumenica, 2001)