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The Fellowship of the Least Coin www.flc.net.ph is a global ecumenical women’s movement of prayer for peace, justice and reconciliation. It started in 1956 by Shanti Salomon, a woman from India, and spread out over the whole world. Through this movement Christian women seek fellowship and solidarity with each other. Whenever women pray at home, in church or in a group they put their least coin aside. And many least coins make a big amount of money to support about fourty women’s projects and six scholarships for young women students all over the world every year. Read more about the history: http://www.flc.net.ph/images2/FLC%20Brochure.pdf
If you, your group or network, your organisation or your country want to contribute your least coins you are welcome to send them to the Austrian EFECW account:
Oekumenisches Forum Christlicher Frauen in Europa
Bank: Schelhammer & Schattera
IBAN: AT64 1919 0000 0026 9688
Hannah Golda, treasurer of EFECW, forwards them once a year to the FLC account in Geneva (World Council of Churches). You can also bring your coins to EFECW conferences and meetings.
Furthermore it is possible to send in project applications.
Here is a list of European projects which have been granted by FLC in former years:
The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures, and therefore seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It is a community of churches on the way to visible unity in one faith and one eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and in common life in Christ. It seeks to advance towards this unity, as Jesus prayed for his followers, "so that the world may believe." (John 17:21)
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity.
The WCC brings together churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 500 million Christians and including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches. At the end of 2013, there were 345 member churches. While the bulk of the WCC's founding churches were European and North American, today most member churches are in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific.
For its member churches, the WCC is a unique space: one in which they can reflect, speak, act, worship and work together, challenge and support each other, share and debate with each other. As members of this fellowship, WCC member churches:
The forum relies on donations from organisations and individuals in order to continue its work and support women across Europe to participate in our activities. We are also open to working in partnership with other organisations on issues relating to our aims, vision and key priorities.
The address and contact information of this country's board has not yet been added to this website. Please check back with us soon.
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
Read report Part 1
Read report Part 2
"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: 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.
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.