National Day of Prayer (Bettag/Jeûne fédéral)
As a practical way of making Christian unity more visible, the AGCK offers a prayer for use by all churches at celebrations on the National Day of Thanksgiving, Penitence and Prayer in Switzerland, or for incorporation into the normal liturgy of the day.
When prayed aloud in all the churches of the AGCK on Bettag, the prayer provides a small, but significant sign of unity. A demonstration that, in addition to the Lord’s prayer, Christians can pray using the same words.
One of the objectives of the Charta Oecumenica is to preserve and safeguard creation. Churches are encouraged to celebrate creationtide every year from 1 September to 4 October, with prayers for creation. The AGCK is committed to this and works closely with the Commission for ‘oeku church and environment’.
The AGCK seeks to encourage promising ecumenical projects and spread the word about good ideas throughout the country.
The Oecumenica Label aims to raise the profile of ecumenical projects. It will demonstrate what can be achieved together and show that ecumenism is flourishing in Switzerland.
The Label also provides a means for the AGCK to raise awareness of the Charta Oecumenica.
The Label will be awarded for ecumenical projects organized by individuals, (church) communities, parishes or church organizations.
Ten Label criteria explain what types of projects are eligible. Any projects - local, regional, multi-regional, and national - which bring Christian denominations together, can be entered for consideration.
Awards are made after rigorous testing, and give the right to use the Oecumenica Label on printed materials, in publicity and on websites as a sure sign of the high standard of the ecumenical project.
Label awards are made at a special event. The first award will be in summer 2009.
The AGCK has produces a leaflet on the Oecumenica Label available in German and in French.
Conditions (in French)
Recognition of baptism
Report on the question of mutual recognition of baptism among the churches which are members of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Switzerland (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen in der Schweiz = AGCK), Prof. Urs von Arx.
Once a year the General Secretaries of the European National Ecumenical Councils meet for 4 days to explore a particular topic. In 2008 they studied the impact of migration on churches. The topic for 2009 was cooperation with Muslims. Across Europe the churches have very diverse experiences and understandings of secularization: from militant ‘anti-church’ to mutual respect and cooperation. This was the topic 2011. And 2012 they studied Church and Contemporary culture: Threat or Opportunity.
The AGCK particpates fully at these meetings being represented by its General Secretary.