The recently established Network for Ecumenical Learning in Central and Eastern Europe (NELCEE) held its first consultation in Prague last week.
The topic of the debates at the 14-17 October 2010 meeting was 'Religious education in school – confessional or ecumenical?'
The network is a result of three conferences organised between 2003 and 2008 by the World Council of Churches, the Conference of European Churches and the Volos Academy (Greece). NELCEE coordination was entrusted to the Institute for Ecumenical Research, Sibiu, Romania.
The 12 member institutes from 11 European countries have decided to consolidate their collaboration in the field of religious education.
The immediate objectives are to win new members for the network, to facilitate student and professor exchange programmes between participating institutes, to encourage a tight co-operation with the national ministries of education and to develop common research projects.
The first common research project will be focused on 'Formal and informal methods for ecumenical formation in Central and Eastern Europe'.
More information on the Network for Ecumenical Learning in Central and Eastern Europe (NELCEE) website - http://www.nelcee.org/