Third European Ecumenical Assembly
Along new lines, the EEA3 follows the tradition of the European Ecumenical Assemblies held at Basel (1989) and Graz (1997). The novelty of this Assembly lies in the fact that it is not just a one-off event but a process. Through four stages, the EEA3 aims at being a type of symbolic pilgrimage encountering the richness of different Christian traditions and rediscovering Europe's Christian roots.
Finally, the Assembly itself, which will take place in Sibiu, Romania (4-9 September 2007) with the participation of 2500 delegates. On Saturday, a meeting similar to that of Sibiu will take place in hundreds of European cities. There is the possibility of TV or web linkups with Sibiu.
The third stage will take place in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany (15-18 February 2007). It will bring together 150 delegates from churches, Bishops' Conferences, ecumenical bodies, communities and movements.
The second stage will consist of national and/or regional meetings throughout Europe in the second half of 2006 or at the start of 2007. Preparation will be the shared responsibility of the respective national delegates of Churches, Bishops' Conferences and regional and national ecumenical bodies. The slant and length of the meetings may be very different, depending on the local context.
150 delegates from Europe's churches, Bishops' Conferences, ecumenical bodies, communities and movements gathered in Rome for the start of the process of the Third European Ecumenical Assembly (EEA3) organised by the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC). Speeches and reports are available on the EEA3 web-site.