Welcome for English reading visitors
Welcome at the website of the Council of Churches in the Netherlands. The Council of Churches is a fellowship of fourteen member-churches and four associate members. The churches represent together more than 6,5 million believers.
The Council exists officially since 1968. The history of the ecumenical movement is of course much longer. All churches are represented by one or two delegates in the board of the Council. The two largest churches (the Protestants and the Roman-Catholics) are represented in the Executive Board, as well as three of the other churches. Theologians and delegates support the ecumenical work participating in working groups and committees.
The Council concentrates on three themes. First of all the Council stimulates the relations between churches and the mutual agreement on belief, faith and church. Secondly the Council organises the advocacy in public affairs, for instance to the media and the government. Thirdly the Council is a Christian partner towards representatives of other religions.
In the year 2013 essential themes are among others:
* preparation on the themes of the tenth assemblee of the World Council of Churches in Busan by organising special meeting on themes as the church (March 2013), peace and justice (April 2013), mission (April 2013)
* organising the week of prayer in January 2013 and in January 2014 in which more than 200.000 Christians participate, with also a registration of it on the national television
* concentrating on the relation between politics and religion in talks with representatives of the gouvernment
* stimulating the contact between Dutch churches and churches of immigrants, who have more than 900.000 members in the Netherlands for instance by distributing the campaign ‘Giving a face to one another'
* helping people who are in need of asylum trying to influence politics
* stimulating Christians to take care of environment and organise lectures about this with a spiritual background with a special conference on 'water' as a human right (March 2013)
* make information available about the poor people in the Netherlands and motivating church members and politicians to work on an economy based on justice
* organising programs together with partners from other religions to show the mutual interest in democracy, justice, peace and integrity of creation
* a special programm runs on the use of the social media, the Council can be followed on Twitter on the account @raadvankerken (1000 followers) and internationally on @dutchreligions (just starting up)
The Council has an office in Amersfoort at the Koningin Wilhelminastraat 5. People who want to get further information or who want to visit the office can sent a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is also possible to make a phone-call to + 31 33 46 33 844. Ms. Beppie van Laar (first picture) will take care of the information; she works at the office of the Council. People who want to meet a member of the Council informally can ask for rev. Klaas van der Kamp (second picture), general-secretary of the Council of Churches in the Netherlands.
The following churches are participating in the Council of Churches in the Netherlands:
Protestant Church in the Netherlands
Roman-Catholic Church in the Netherlands
Old-Catholic Church of the Netherlands
General Mennonite Society
Evangelical Brothercongregations in the Netherlands
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Syrian-Orthodox Church in the Netherlands
Anglican Church in the Netherlands
Geredja Indjili Maluku
Coptic Orthodox Church
Fellowship of Free Evangelical Congregations in the Netherlands
Christian Reformed Churches (candidate member)
Organisation of Orthodox ‘H. Niclas of Myra’ (associate member)
Critical Groups and Congregations in the Netherlands (associate member)
Church of the Seventh-Day Adventists (associate member)
Association of Dutch Protestants (associate member)
If you want to see a short introduction of two minutes on YouTube, showing our office, meetingroom and chapel: please push here.
The Council of Churches has signed a strategical partnership with the Evangelical Alliance in 2011. If you want to read the agreement, push here.
Nine churches signed a joint declaration in which they recognise the baptism which has been given in each others churches; and eleven churches signed a rapprochement on baptism. If you want to read the Englisch translation, push here. If you want to listen to a short introduction on the item in a YouTube-film, push here.
In the week of prayer 2013 the Council gave extra information about the Dalits in India, because the material for the week was prepared by the churches in India. Part of this backgroundmaterial is published in English; push here.
The former general-secretary of the World Council of Churches Konrad Raiser held a speech in Amsterdam about the concept of Just Peace on the 16th of January 2013. Push here.
The Council has made Dutch translations of the main reports of te World Council of Churches, in which material is added for groups to discuss the main issues also locally. Four of these documents are available in Dutch: About the church, about mission, about economy and the oecumenical statement. On the 22th of March the water-document brought out by the WCC in 2011 was signed.