High-ranking ecumenical guests are expected at the meeting in Florence of the General Assembly of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe which begins on 20th September under the Motto “Free for the Future”
The World Council of Churches is represented by the General Secretary Olav Fykse Tveit. Guy Liagre, until the spring of 2012 a council member of the World Council of Churches, reprents the Conference of European Churches (CEC) as its new General Secretary. For the European Baptist Federation comes General Secretary Tony Peck. In anticipation of the consultation beginning between the CPCE and the Roman Catholic Curch, Markus Türk of the Papal Council for the Advancement of Christian Unity will speak a word of greeting to the delegates.
At the Assembly in Florence following the conclusion of prior conversations there will take place the signature of two documents. In one the Anglican Churches in Great Britain and Ireland and the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe will sign a memorandum in which the churches hold firm to what they have in common and agree to hold future dialogues on open questions. Jonathan Gibbs of the Church of England and Stephanie Dietrich from the Presidium of the CPCE will speak on this long awaited ecumenical step. A further agreement will be signed with the Lutheran Church of Ecuador. Some so-called “emigration churches” in Latin America, which already belong to CPCE, feel themselves still bound to their mother churches in Europe and seek and find ecumenical dialogue through the Leuenberg Fellowship. The South American Churches are represented by Juan Schaad (Argentinia). Rüdiger Schloz will sign the agreement with the CPCE for the Iglesia Evangelica Luterana of Ecuador.
Particular interest awaits Rosangela Jarjour, General Secretary of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches FMEEC. “CPCE is internationally networked”, says CPCE President Thomas Wipf. “By inviting to Ms. Jarjour to the most representative assembly of Western Protestantism we wish to express our commitment to the protestant churches in the Middle East.”