May 2010 – Hildesheim – Himmelsthür, Germany
Submitted by Rainer Bless
The Church and Society Commission of CEC (CSC) [Conference of European Churches] is organising a Consultation on “Human Rights begin within the Churches”, related to the project Human Rights Manual for European Churches, from 3-5 May 2010 in Hildesheim – Himmelsthür in Germany. The local host is the Church and Society Commission of the diocese for Central Europe of the Serbian Orthodox Church in whose premises the Consultation will take place. About thirty participants from across Europe will discuss the practical concepts of the Human Rights Manual for European Churches (Part II), including Human Dignity – Security of the Person, Religion and Public Life, Discrimination and Equality, the movement of people, Roma etc. The discussions will take place on the basis of recent trends and developments in the human rights discourse from the perspective of the European Institutions and European churches, and the priorities of the Churches’ human rights home agenda and themes already tackled in its first part. The participants will shape the Churches’ Human Rights Experts Network, which will serve for the implementation of the Human Rights Manual for European Churches. The First Part of the Human Rights Manual which relates to the churches’ approach to human rights, “Human Rights – Why do they matter for the churches?” and “Human Rights – present challenges from a churches’ perspective” is available on the website at: Human Rights Manual -Work in Progress. The Church and Society Commission of CEC is thankful to the authors of the Human Rights Manual for European Churches (Part I) for their valuable contribution in supporting and strengthening the churches’ involvement in promoting and implementing human rights.