• recognised voice in Europe


    recognised voice in Europe

    The Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women is an international, church-related organisation that is active in over 30 European countries.
    EFECW is a network of women from all Christian Traditions.
  • share own spirituality and expression of faith


    share own spirituality and expression of faith

    The Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women is an international, church-related organisation that is active in over 30 European countries.
    EFECW is a network of women from all Christian Traditions.
  • empower Christian women


    empower Christian women

    The Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women is an international, church-related organisation that is active in over 30 European countries.
    EFECW is a network of women from all Christian Traditions.
  • strengthen women's network


    strengthen women's network

    The Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women is an international, church-related organisation that is active in over 30 European countries.
    EFECW is a network of women from all Christian Traditions.

The Ruth Epting fund is named after the founder of EFECW. Ruth Epting had a vision of a reconciled and peaceful Europe, and a boundless desire to empower women and nurture their talents.

The fund is for women to give and receive to ensure the future of the forum. We need to make sure that women, especially those new to ecumenical engagement, can share in the experiences of the forum and that all countries are adequately represented when decisions are made. Many are prevented by the lack of finances and the inability to raise money in the economic climate of their own countries.
For more information and to apply to the fund, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Details of the Ruth Epting Fund

Guidelines for applying for a financial contribution (English pdf)

Guidelines for applying for a financial contribution (German pdf)

Obituary - Ruth Epting

An interview with Ruth Epting

Former coordinating committee member Jacqueline Stuyt from the UK donated ₤ 200.000 of her inheritance to the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women (EFECW). The legacy has been earmarked for projects relating to women's issues and perspectives for the next 10 years.

All national forums of EFECW can apply for funding.

Application deadline is the 1st of March, every year.

For further information and application details please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fund description and criteria

Application Form

Projects 2017

Switzerland
Francophone Neighborhood Meeting
„Women in Migration: From Tolerance to Welcome“
28-30 April 2017, Crêt-Bérard, Switzerland,

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Czech Republic
International Ecumenical Meeting of Women on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther
“Lutheranism in Bohemia and Slovakia”
5-8 May 2017, Church of St. Wenceslas Na Zderaze, Prague

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Croatia



Romania

Projects 2016

Greece
“Theology through art”: Expressions of our faith: logos, music, icon
March 18-20, 2016, Corfu, Greece
Greek branch of EFECW “Damaris the Athenian”

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Croatia
Part 1 „Healthy food: From garden to table“
13-15 May 2016, Osijek, Croatia, EFCW Croatia
Part 2 “What you have seeded you’re gonna eat”
September 2016, Osijek

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Read report Part 2


Slovakia
"Church is the body of Christ”, Neighbourhood meeting

Projects 2015

Austria
Ecumenical Forum of Christian Women in Austria
“Care work forces women into precarious life circumstances.”

Project Document, Project Summary


 

Serbia
“Who touched my clothes?”
August 2015, Soko Grad, Serbia

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Finland
Baltic Sea Neigbourhood Seminar
”In Deeper Waters – Sharing our Traditions”
20th -24th May 2015, Hvittorp, Kirkkonummi, Finland May

Project Report


Armenia
«Give me life»
15th March – 15th November 2015, Tavush Province (the city of Ijevan and 5 villages), Armenia

 

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IKETH- Interreligious Conference of Women Theologians
"Convivencia: learning to live together”
16-19 April 2015, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Haus Berlin, Germany

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Romania
“Timothy Leadership Training” for Women
August and October 2015, Mara Mures and Stejeris, Romania

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Egeria
Egeria Way, final conference
Jerusalem, 21-27 October 2015

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France
Francophone Neighbourhood meeting
“How do the life and the practice in our Churches fit in with the present changing societies? Individuals-Identities-Solidarities.”
13-15 March 2015, Angers, France

Projects 2014

EHO (Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation, Novi Sad)
Regional Training for women from ex-Yugoslavia
17th to 20th October 2014, Struga, FYROM

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Hungary
„Learn about me! Learn with me!“ (Ismerjmeg! Ismerkedj!)
9th - 13th April 2014 and 30th June - 4th July 2014 Mány and Sárszentlőrinc, Hungary

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Germany
„Woman from Greece meets woman from Germany: who is saved by the measures to save the Euro?“
Workshop of EFCW Germany at the German Ecumenical Gathering
30th April – 4th May 2014, Mainz, Germany

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Austria
“From care work in crisis to new perspectives”
Several Workshops and a Hearing on 19th September 2014,
St. Pölten, Austria
Read summary in english / report / article Heidinger / article Dullnig

Projects 2013

Greece
“Telling my story will set me free!”
Four psychodrama workshops
November 2013-January 2014, Athens

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Serbia
Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation (EHO)
Regional training for women from ex-Yugoslavia countries
“Non-violent communication and conflict resolution
11-13 October 2013, Park of Fruška Gora, Serbia and 15-17 November 2013, Osijek, Croatia

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Italy
Francophone neighbourhood meeting


“We are all migrants: Being Christian women together"
15-17 March 2013, Ecumene centre, Velletri, Italy

Projects 2012

Bosnia and Herzegovina
„Conflict and the Potential for Pluralism”
European Project for Interreligious Learning (EPIL)- Module III
4-11 May 2012, Sarajevo, Srebrenica and Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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France
Regional (francophone) European meeting
“The Christians in Near and Middle East : an unknown reality”
16th to 18th March 2012, Saint-Thomas Centre, Strasbourg

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Projects 2011

Austria
European Project for Inter-religious dialogue – Module II
Historic Memories and Present-Day Realities - Difficult Interactions
18-25 September 2011, Vienna

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Croatia
„Time for women“ Empowerment of women
1-year project ended on 16 th November 2011, Osijecko-Baranjska county

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Cyprus
“Training young women who deal with children and teenagers in church”
18th to the 20th of November 2011, Nicosia

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Germany
“With our heart near creation – women from east and west stand up for climate protection”
The Ecology Summer School of EFECW at the German Kirchentag
1-5 June 2011, Tharandt, Dresden, Germany

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Romania
Young women’s search for identity in a postmodern world
18th- 23rd July 2011, Stejeris

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UK
“The leading question?”
Gender and Leadership Consultation, March 2013

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The Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women is an international, church-related organisation that is active in 30 European countries. EFECW is a network of women from all Christian Traditions. EFECW was founded in 1982 in Gwatt Switzerland.
Its main aims are:

  • to strengthen the ecumenical network of women
  • to help women to find the common European identity
  • to challenge women to action

This happens through educational workshops, meetings, publications about issues like: Ecumenical Learning, Political Learning, Management, Ethic-Ecological Training and projects of Reconciliation. All women, both on European and national level, work on a voluntary basis.
Women wish to understand each other in their cultural differences and in their unique Christian faith.

In some churches and regions of Europe women have tasks but only few rights, which could allow them to search for innovations on the path towards unity. Nevertheless believing Christians can exchange experiences and can be strengthened by the manifold ways of life of their sisters.

Since thirty years the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women assembles women of all the different churches and denominations in Europe in seminars, conferences and assemblies.1978 the first ecumenical women's consultation took place in Brussels, where we realized how enriching and necessary the encounter and discussions were. There we felt to be empowered to search for a way to work together in East and West, South and North of Europe and promoted this movement. Some of the themes and of the participants in the last years may be interesting for you.


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History in English (pdf)

History in French (pdf)

History in German (pdf)

The Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women is an international, church-related organisation that is active in 30 European countries. EFECW is a network of women from all Christian Traditions. EFECW was founded in 1982 in Gwatt Switzerland. Its main aims are:

  • to strengthen the women’s ecumenical network in order to develop a deeper
  • ecumenical understanding for one another;
  • to promote initiatives for peace, justice and reconciliation;
  • to commit ourselves to action for the care of God’s creation;
  • to commit ourselves to action on behalf of women’s rights, which are human rights

This happens through educational workshops, meetings, publications about issues like: Ecumenism and Ecumenical Sharing; Inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue; Social, political and economic training; Ethical and ecological training; Human rights; Empowerment of women /leadership; Peace and Reconciliation.

All women, both on European and national level, work on a voluntary basis.

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The Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women (EFECW) is an international, church-related organisation that is active in over 30 European countries.

EFECW envisions to be a living Christian community of sisters, by creating a holy and safe space where all women – beyond their differences – are empowered to share their spirituality and to experience faith.

EFECW strives to become a recognised voice of Christian women in Church and public life in Europe.