Sibiu (Agenzia Fides) - The Romanian city of Sibiu, in central Transilvania, proclaimed, together with Luxembourg, European capital for culture 2007, from 4 to 9 September will also be the “capital” of all the Christians of Europe represented at the Third European Ecumenical Assembly which will reflect on the theme “The light of Christ shines upon all. Hope for renewal and unity in Europe”.
Some 2,100 delegates (plus staff, journalists and local volunteers) will take part in EEA3 which, like the previous meetings in Basle (1989) and Graz (1997), was convoked jointly by the Conference of the Churches of Europe (KEK) and the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE). Half the delegates are appointed by the 34 Catholic Bishops' Conferences which are part of the CCEE; the other half represent the 120 KEK member Churches, of Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant tradition.
The Assembly will include plenary sessions and nine 'forums' on specific issues: unity, spirituality, common witness, European integration, interreligious dialogue, migration, respect for creation (ecology), justice and peace. An important aspect of the Assembly consists of moments of shared prayer. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 4/7/2007, righe 15, parole 186)