Christian ENCOUNTERS is a European event with a background!
Following the fall of the Iron Curtain, Protestant Christians from the Lutheran churches in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic created a meeting point for the first time in 1991. Even more than 25 years on from that first initiative, central European Protestant churches continue to meet every three years, each time in a different country. To date, these events have been held in Görlitz, Niesky, Wisła, Český Těšín, Prague, Bratislava, Dresden, Wrocław and Budapest.
The three Protestant churches in Austria – the Protestant Church A.C., the Protestant Church H.C. and the United Methodist Church in Austria – are issuing a joint invitation to Christian Encounters 2020. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Graz-Seckau is co-organising the event.
Graz is the capital of the Austrian region of Styria. Besides being one of Europe’s Reformation cities, it was and remains to this day a hive of ecumenical activity. In 1997, the city hosted the Second European Ecumenical Assembly, which issued the “Charta Oecumenica”, a direction-setting document that reinforced the ecumenical focus of the events, exchange and multi-religious dialogue conducted by European churches. The sphere of churches involved in Christian Encounters has expanded to draw participants from nine different countries to the capital city of Styria.
Graz is poised to once again bridge the gap between eastern, western and southern Europe!
Statement about Christian ENCOUNTERS
“Sometimes it works. Then we do not rush past each other, do not look down at each other, do not turn our heads away from what is unpleasant to see, but look each other openly and curiously in the eyes. Who are you? What have you experienced? What moves you I would like to get to know you and also allow you to get to know me. The Christian Encounter Days in Graz 2020 want to give time and place for this. ”