The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe CPCE is the umbrella organization of Protestant churches in Europe. Its members include 107 Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed and United Churches from more than 30 European and South American countries. Overall, the CPCE represents roughly 50 million Protestants.
The CPCE exists due to the Leuenberg Concord from 1973. It states: churches are allowed to be different because the Gospel is their common basis. This simple-sounding statement had far-reaching consequences: Since that time, a Lutheran pastor may preach from a Reformed pulpit, and a French pastor may lead a parish in Germany.
The CPCE is a pulpit and table fellowship. The churches share in worship and communion and mutually recognize their baptism and ordination. They share liturgical traditions with one another and make use of the common European CPCE hymnal, Colours of Grace.
The CPCE also serves as a common Protestant voice. Many member churches are minority churches that often carry out their mission under difficult conditions. In a changing Europe, the CPCE strengthens and unites the voice of Protestants in relation to political institutions.
European Protestants start to reflect on the first year of pandemic
More than 80 representatives of Protestant churches met online 17–19 March 2021for a virtual conference organised by the Communion of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), the European Region of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the Protestant Church in Switzerland (PCS). Participants from more than 20 countries discussed how churches have experienced and responded to the corona pandemic so far.
On this occasion the CPCE’s Advisory Board on Ethics presented its brand new guide « Being church together in a pandemic», Reflections from a Protestant Perspective https://www.leuenberg.eu/cpce-content/uploads/2021/03/GEKE-focus-29-web.pdf which details the ethical challenges posed by the pandemic in theological, social and healthcare terms and highlights potential approaches that churches might adopt.
We plan to conduct a further, face-to-face conference in October 2021 in Rome (further details to follow in summer 2021).