Michael Weinrich joins the Presidium of the CPCE

Picture: Michael Weinrich, Klára Tarr Cselovszky, Gottfried Locher.

Michael Weinrich has been elected to the Presidium of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe CPCE. At its session in Brussels, the Council of the CPCE elected the 65-year-old German theologian as the successor to Dr. Friedrich Weber, the Bishop Emeritus of Braunschweig, who unexpectedly passed away in January 2015.

Weinrich expressed his appreciation at being “given the chance to help see the CPCE through times of historical upheaval in Europe”. Recently appointed Emeritus Professor in Systematic Theology (special expertise in ecumenism and dogmatism) at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Prof. Weinrich has enjoyed a close affiliation with the work of the CPCE and its ecumenical stance since the 1990s, when he joined the doctrinal discussion group on “Church and Israel”.

Prof. Weinrich joins Klára Tarr Cselovszky from the Lutheran Church in Hungary and Council President Gottfried Locher from the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches to complete the Presidiumʼs full contingent. “The election of Michael Weinrich continues the CPCEʼs accomplished tradition of ensuring a confessional balance in the Presidium,” Tarr and Locher observed. “Apart from this, he contributes the necessary academic theological expertise to the leadership of the CPCE. We are looking forward to working together.”

Brussels, 10 October 2015

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10.10.2015 Ingrid Monjencs

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