CHANGES IN EUROPE
Europe today faces unprecedented challenges. The euphoria of 1990 and the end of the Cold War gave way to new problems: unemployment, threats to the environment, narrow nationalism, vast numbers of displaced people and new restrictive asylum legislation.
The search for new patterns of freedom and justice means a tremendous challenge for the churches, too. Can they help to create and maintain a truly democratic society?
The Churches' East-West European Relations Network (CEWERN) seeks to respond to this shifting scene in imaginative and flexible ways. It provides a forum for information sharing, co-ordinating new initiatives in East-West relations as Europe expands and changes.
CEWERN's aim is to keep the churches in Britain and Ireland in touch with current developments. It encourages listening to and learning from others in Central and Eastern Europe. It promotes study and a deeper understanding of the situation in churches of many traditions in differing local and national settings.
CHANGES IN BRITAIN
The Channel Tunnel has provided a unique link between Britain and mainland Europe. A three-hour train journey can transport us to Paris or Brussels, and beyond. More and more people are learning what it means to be fellow-Europeans, to work and travel and experience the impact of other cultures. Political changes become practical realities.