Sibiu: 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly (EEA3) (4-9 september 2007). Publication of the Final Message (25 september 2007)
The 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly (EEA3) reached its climax on September 8 and 9, 2007 in a citywide celebration of “the light of Christ” on Saturday evening, and Sunday morning worship in Sibiu’s churches followed by an act of common witness in the Great Square. In addition, during the closing business session delegates adopted a four-page Assembly Message to the churches, Europe and the world. The Message, a tradition in major ecumenical gatherings, included ten recommendations for the future.
Addressing the situation in Europe today, the assembly appealed to the continent’s churches to support immigrants and other ethnic minorities, “particularly the Roma people”, and to “offer better pastoral care for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees”.
On the subject of the continuing quest for Christian unity, the assembly recommended that churches renew their common mission “to proclaim Christ as the Light and the Saviour of the world”; that discussion be continued among Christian confessions regarding “mutual recognition of baptism”, an area in which some advances have been made but on which all traditions are not agreed; that more opportunities be provided for common prayer, pilgrimages, theological education and study in support of Christian values; and that churches embrace “the full participation of the whole people of God” including “young people, the elderly, ethnic minorities and disabled people.”
The assembly reaffirmed a set of guidelines agreed in Europe for Christian interaction and cooperation, the Charta Oecumenica, as a “stimulating” resource “for our ecumenical journey in Europe”.
The assembly also exhorted European churches and European institutions to be courageous in addressing the needs of the whole world. The Message recommended: support for the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations; creation by church organisations of a new “consultative process” on the European role in addressing ecological justice, human rights and other issues of globalisation; and the backing of initiatives for debt cancellation and fair trade.
Finally, in its most specific recommendation, EEA3 endorsed a proposal that “the period from the 1st of September to the 4th of October be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change.”
(source: KEK press release 8/09/2007)
:: Full text of the Final Message (released on 25th september 2007) (pdf)
:: Charta Oecumenica (22 aprile 2001)