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What we do

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We are a Mission-shaped diocese - a network of Christian communities and congregations serving Anglicans and other English-speaking Christians across an enormous geographical area. 

We minister in a myriad of situations, in most of which the Church of England has scarcely been heard of, questions of establishment scarcely arise, civic links may take a very different form, and de­nomi­na­tional identity is often much less important than the language of worship.  We too are facing questions of identity, organisation and mainte­nance; but we do so in a very different context from that of the other 43 Dioceses in the Church of England.

The Diocese in Europe is made up of churches and congregations spread across forty-two countries on three continents, and covering one sixth of the earth’s land surface.  And yet, this is a Diocese of the Church of England.

Services are held more or less frequently at over 270 places (listed in the Diocesan Directory).  The people of the Diocese are served by around 150 clergy and over 90 readers.  Vocations are strong in the Diocese, but most of our clergy and many of our readers come into the Diocese from other parts of the Church of England or the Anglican Communion.

Ministry & Vocations

Ministry & Vocations

The Bishop, the Suffragan Bishop, the Suffragan Bishop's Chaplain and Personal Assistant, the Director of Training, and the Diocesan Director of Ordinands form the Ministry Team, which co-ordinates and supports all who carry major responsibilities at the diocesan level.

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Youth

Youth

The Diocesan youth section is responsible for the development and support of youth ministry across the church. It is our prayer that, as a body of believers, we will see young people being built up to serve God’s kingdom in Europe and beyond.

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Environment

Environment

          A Day of Prayer & Action for People & Planet

                 JUNE 12 - WORLDWIDE - #SacredEarth2016

                                        FAITHS RISING FOR PEOPLE & PLANET

 

 Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust is a worldwide, multi-faith day of prayer & action for the planet and a call for world leaders to commit to a 1.5 degree limit on global temperature rise.                                                 Six months after world leaders reached the Paris Agreement, communities around the world will come together in a day of beautiful commitment and blessing for the earth.There are currently more than 130 actions & events being planned worldwide, in 36 countries and across every continent! 

HOW TO JOIN IN

Around the world communities are celebrating our Sacred Earth in an incredible variety of ways. Our diversity is our strongest power.

Here are just a couple of the ways communities are joining in:

  1. Say a prayer, make a blessing, sing a song or meditate - on your own, with your family or bring your community together.
  2. Stage a sit in meditation outside a place that's important locally - a new fracking site, your town hall, a coal mine, or a place that's at risk.
  3. Hold your service outdoors, to reconnect the community to nature.
  4. Organise a community project - paint a mural, banners or build a sculpture.
  5. A march through your town, bring together people from your community and beyond around protecting our planet for the vulnerable.

After the celebrations we will join together in calling for action to protect the earth and vulnerable people around the world by sharing a photo or video lifting up the call for 1.5°C.This could be a mural, a poster, writing in the sand or singing a song - the more creative the better!

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 1.5°C & 2°C OF WARMING MEANS EVERYTHING

The adopted Paris Agreement is an incredible first step, but much of what we have achieved hangs in balance.

The current commitments to reduce emissions condemn us to an extremely dangerous 2.7°C increase. And the goal governments gave themselves is still fixed around 2°C. But experts & activists are arguing for a vital push for 1.5°C as a true upper limit.

This seemingly small difference would prevent well over 100 million people from losing their homes due to droughts, floods, sea level rise and devastating storms.

In the face of this sobering reality, we need to continue the push for 1.5°C to keep hope alive - please share your photo on June 12 to help us do this!  For more information see Sacred Earth Sacred Trust website.

 

 

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Mission & Public Affairs

Mission & Public Affairs

The Mission and Public Affairs Unit of the Diocese is responsible for the development of diocesan engagement on issues of mission, evangelism, global affairs and social responsibilities.

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Friends

Friends

The Friends are people who support the Diocese in Europe and share in its life and work - by their interest; by their prayers and by their gifts. The proceeds are used to support a wide range of diocesan projects for which funds are short or are not available from other sources.

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