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Bishop Weber to head European Protestant body

September 26, 2012

Florenz (epd). Bishop Friedrich Weber (63), bishop of Brunswick in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Northern Germany, is the new executive president of the Council of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE). At its general assembly in Florence in late September, the Council elected a new presidium for a six-year term. Besides Weber, the other members are Gottfried Locher, the president of the Swiss Federation of Protestant Churches, und Klará Tarr of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary.

Weber is the successor of the Swiss Reformed theologian Thomas Wipf. The former president of the Swiss Federation of Protestant Churches had served as CPCE president since 2006. His deputies had been Stephanie Dietrich, a theologian from Norway and Michael Beintker, a theology professor from Münster.

Austrian Lutheran bishop Michael Bünker was re-elected general secretary of the CPCE, which is made up of over 100 Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed and United churches from more than 30 European countries. The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe represents around 50 million Protestants, including 24 million Protestant church members in Germany. The theme of the assembly was "Free for the future".




 


 

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