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.
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.
Francophone Neighborhood Meeting
„Women in Migration: From Tolerance to Welcome“
28-30 April 2017, Crêt-Bérard, Switzerland,
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
“Theology through art”: Expressions of our faith: logos, music, icon
March 18-20, 2016, Corfu, Greece
Greek branch of EFECW “Damaris the Athenian”
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
"Church is the body of Christ”, Neighbourhood meeting
Ecumenical Forum of Christian Women in Austria
“Care work forces women into precarious life circumstances.”
“Who touched my clothes?”
August 2015, Soko Grad, Serbia
Baltic Sea Neigbourhood Seminar
”In Deeper Waters – Sharing our Traditions”
20th -24th May 2015, Hvittorp, Kirkkonummi, Finland May
«Give me life»
15th March – 15th November 2015, Tavush Province (the city of Ijevan and 5 villages), Armenia
IKETH- Interreligious Conference of Women Theologians
"Convivencia: learning to live together”
16-19 April 2015, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Haus Berlin, Germany
“Timothy Leadership Training” for Women
August and October 2015, Mara Mures and Stejeris, Romania
Egeria Way, final conference
Jerusalem, 21-27 October 2015
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
EHO (Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation, Novi Sad)
Regional Training for women from ex-Yugoslavia
17th to 20th October 2014, Struga, FYROM
„Learn about me! Learn with me!“ (Ismerjmeg! Ismerkedj!)
9th - 13th April 2014 and 30th June - 4th July 2014 Mány and Sárszentlőrinc, Hungary
„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
“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
“Telling my story will set me free!”
Four psychodrama workshops
November 2013-January 2014, Athens
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
Francophone neighbourhood meeting
“We are all migrants: Being Christian women together"
15-17 March 2013, Ecumene centre, Velletri, Italy
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
Regional (francophone) European meeting
“The Christians in Near and Middle East : an unknown reality”
16th to 18th March 2012, Saint-Thomas Centre, Strasbourg
European Project for Inter-religious dialogue – Module II
Historic Memories and Present-Day Realities - Difficult Interactions
18-25 September 2011, Vienna
„Time for women“ Empowerment of women
1-year project ended on 16 th November 2011, Osijecko-Baranjska county
“Training young women who deal with children and teenagers in church”
18th to the 20th of November 2011, Nicosia
“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
Young women’s search for identity in a postmodern world
18th- 23rd July 2011, Stejeris
“The leading question?”
Gender and Leadership Consultation, March 2013
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:
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.
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:
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.