Conference: The Global Economic Crisis as a Chance for Europe

Leaders from the church and the economy are to debate on 3rd and 4th February in the Evangelical Academy, Bad Boll, on the utopia of a competitive social market economy. The results will feed into a position paper of the CPCE.

The continuing global economic crisis shows that economic freedom and responsibility have run out of balance. Even in Europe, where the new Lisbon Treaty defines the EU as “a to a high degree competitive social market economy”.

Is the global economic crisis a chance for Europe? Can the Protestant churches make an decisive contribution to the future shaping of the social market economy? Leaders from the church and the economy will address this theme on 3rd and 4th February in the Evangelical Academy, Bad Boll. “Competitive Social Market Economy – Future Model or Utopia? Protestant Impulses for the Economic Order after the Crisis” is the title of the meeting whose reflections will feed into a position paper of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, CPCE, on the shaping of the economy after the crisis.

The meeting is directed at leading representatives from the church, economy and politics, specialists in social and economic ethics and the economically interested. Media representatives are invited to attend and report. There are opportunities to interview participants.

Among those taking part are the President and General Secretary of CPCE, Revd Dr. Thomas Wipf and Bishop Michael Bünker as well as the chief economist of the Federal Alliance of German Employers, Ottheinrich Freiherr von Weitershausen. The European Parliament and European Commission join in the debate with Heide Rühle, MEP, and Michael Haag. Jörg Hofmann of IG Metall and Ingrid Peters, the Personnel Head of Bosch Automotive Electronics, could be won as participants along with further representatives of the economy

“The market economy only has a future if it acts socially, balancedly and ecologically” says CPCE President Thomas Wipf on the meeting. “That means that finance and the real economy must not drift apart. Economic justice is essential for social stability. The Protestant churches in Europe stand for that.”

The meeting is a cooperative event of the Evangelical Academy Bad Boll with the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, CPCE, and AEU, the Working Group of Protestant Businesses. During the meeting on the evening of 3rd February the Revd Dr. Dieter Heidtmann will be installed in his position as Study Leader for Economic Politics and Ethics in the Evangelical Academy Bad Boll.

Note: The programme of the meeting can be found under http://www.ev-akademie-boll.de/index.php?id=100&tagungsid=620311. Registration for the meeting can be made there. Media representatives are asked to indicate their interview wishes in good time.

Vienna/Berne, 20th January 2011

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Zur Gemeinschaft Evangelischer Kirchen in Europa (GEKE) – Leuenberger Kirchengemeinschaft haben sich 105 protestantische Kirchen in Europa (und in Südamerika) zusammen geschlossen. Lutherische, reformierte, unierte, methodistische und vorreformatorische Kirchen gewähren einander durch ihre Zustimmung zur Leuenberger Konkordie von 1973 Kanzel- und Abendmahlsgemeinschaft. Die Anschrift lautet: GEKE-Geschäftsstelle, Severin-Schreiber-Gasse 3, A-1180 Wien, Tel.: +43.1.4791523.900, Telefax: +43.1.4791523.580, Email: office@leuenberg.eu, Internet: www.leuenberg.eu. Pressekontakt: Dipl. theol. Thomas Flügge (Bern), Tel. +41.31.37025.02, Fax .80, Mobil: +41.79.6401902, Email: t.fluegge@leuenberg.eu.

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