In June, the General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) elected a new President: Christian Krieger of the Reformed Protestant Church of Alsace and Lorraine. The Governing Board also has a Czech representative, Petr Kratochvíl of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. Regional and confessional aspects are taken into account in the election: the official regulations require for at least a quarter of the members to come from orthodox or oriental churches. There is also certain quota determining the percentage of women, youth and lay members in the list of candidates.
Christian Krieger has set two main goals for his five-year presidency: “The first aim is to build closer relationships between churches in Europe. I want to strengthen their mutual dialogue and give them more opportunities to meet. The second aim is the testimony of churches in Europe and for Europe. This also includes more involvement in social issues, issues of economic justice, taking care of migrants and so on,” Mr Krieger said in his candidate speech.
The seventeen elected members of the Governing Board also include one Czech representative: Petr Kratochvíl of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, who was the common nominee of all the six Czech churches that are members of the CEC. Petr Kratochvíl works as the director of the Institute of International Relations. Petr Jan Vinš of the Old Catholic Church, who is currently the General Secretary of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic, was elected as one of the substitutes.
Press Release of the Ecumenical Council of Churches