- Communications and the Media at the General Assembly
On the theme “And now what are you waiting for?” we try to ensure
that communications before and during the General Assembly
in Budapest is transparent and hopefully fast. We must seek ways
of increasing participation for delegates, member churches, members and of
course the media.
The aim is that many different voices must have an opportunity to
be heard, in parallel with the formal elements of the Business sessions.
Communicating about church activities is something above
and beyond the ordinary and must be conducted with great respect
for the Gospel, but this does not prevent us from using terms and
strategies from the business world. These represent a means to
achieve our goal.
The website www.ceceurope.org is the hub and is seen as a digital
archive which gathers all the documents together. The focus is on
getting the official documents and decisions published as quickly
as possible to increase participation for those who are not attending
the Assembly. The website will be updated daily during the
General Assembly, describing what is taking place at the Assembly
with links to the day’s documents which are official. The website
will link to activities in social media with a daily blog written in
three or four languages and daily tweets from the deliberations with
the hashtag #cecfuture.
We have created a Facebook group for the Assembly (CEC
Assembly) which is open to everyone. Every day during, the General
Assembly, all the published articles will be linked, links to Web
TV, tweets and pictures. Anyone can write and submit pictures,
send a greeting from a member church, etc. You are welcome to
share your thoughts!
If our resources permit, we will offer Web streaming of the
deliberations. The deliberations will be filmed and broadcast live and published afterwards (within 24 hours).
A daily newsletter to delegates and the media providing brief facts
about what is on the programme, brief looks back at what happened
the day before and highlighting different voices to give
an insight from their own perspectives. The newsletter will be produced in English, German, French and Hungarian.
Outside the Plenary hall there will be an exhibition with several
elements: there will be a special corner for the different topics that
concern CEC and its member churches and a special corner for
the youth. A future wall (Prayer wall) will also be created where
people can communicate their thoughts, prayers and/or wishes or
There is a Press Centre for media and daily Press Conferences or Press Briefings. The Press Centre is open 7:30 – 22:30 every day July 3-7 and on July 8 from 7:30-15:00.
Our hope is, prior to and during the General Assembly, to establish
communications that are characterised by faith in the future
and the hopes that are part of the ecumenical work being done in
Europe. These communications are to serve as proper support to
the management of the General Assembly and create the conditions for a dialogue between the member churches before and during the event.
We welcome your thoughts and input!
“And now what are you waiting for?”
Communication Co-ordinator of CEC’s 14th General Assembly
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