The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe Introduces its Delegation
The CPCE delegates for the series of consultations that have been agreed between Europe’s Protestants and the Vatican on questions of church teaching have now been decided. In all, seven theologians will represent the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe in the first consultation with the Roman Catholic Church.
The delegation will be led by Bishop Friedrich Weber (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brunswick), Catholica Representative of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany and Honorary Professor at the University of Brunswick.
The delegation consists further of Dr.John Bradbury, Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Church History at Westminster College, Cambridge; Dr. Stephanie Dietrich, Junior Professor of Systematic Theology at the Oslo High School for the Diaconate and Dr. Fulvio Ferrario, Profssor of Systematic Theology at the Waldensian Faculty in Rome. There also belong to it Dr Friedrike Nüssel, Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Ecumenical Institute of the University of Heidelberg; Dr Miriam Rose, Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Jena and Dr Stefan Tobler, Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Ecumenical Institute of the University of Hermannstadt.
On the side of the Roman Cathiolic Church the delegation will be led by the President of the Papal Council for the Advancement of Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch. The first round of conversations takes place from 7th to 10th February 2013 in Vienna. Possible themes could be the unity in diversity of the Church of Jesus Christ and the common challenges for the Christian churches in today’s world.
For the CPCE, which can already look back on successful consultations with the Orthodox and Anglican churches as well as the European Baptist Federation, the General Secretary, Bishop Michael Bünker, explained: “The dialogue about the understanding of the church and the road to unity has the highest priority in ecumenism today. This makes me pleased about this series of conversations and hopeful for its outcome. The fundamental ecclesiological document of CPCE, The Church of Jesus Christ (1994), can supply a good starting point.”
Picture: Bishop Friedrich Weber (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brunswick), Catholica Representative of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany and Honorary Professor at the University of Brunswick.