08:37 - KEK ASSEMBLY: CELEBRATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN CHURCHES
(Lyons) A big ship amidst the sea. This is the image that opened in Lyons, yesterday afternoon, the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Conference of European Churches. A feast with singing, music, plays, which went over, with the aid of stories and black and white photographs, 50 years in the ecumenical life of the Churches in Europe. A story, that of the ecumenical movement, that has gone hand in hand with the greatest events that have upset the European continent, from 1959 to date: the devastation of the Second World War, the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, September 11th, the war in Iraq. 50 years of history - said the resigning president of Kek, pastor Jean-Arnold De Clermont, as he opened the celebrations - now enable the Churches to look critically at our weaknesses. It is a time to repent but it is also a time of hope, because with Gods grace we are ready to start all over again. The celebration took place to coincide with the XIII General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches that will be ending this morning with a series of decisions and the publication of two final documents. The meeting also focussed on the election of a workgroup composed of 15 members that from now to 2011 will have to develop a draft structural revision of Kek.