A central activity of ICCS is organising
a conference every third year. The theme is often suggested by the
correspondents and worked out by the board. A local committee of
the host country is then asked to undertake the organisation. These
conferences are aimed at promoting discussion, exchanging ideas
and stimulating contacts on a European level. Since 1958 triennial
conferences have been organised. The most recent were:
( France):'Jesus and the (school) community'
(The Netherlands): 'Religious Education in a multi-cultural society'
1985 Loccum (Germany):'Values
and Norms in school education'
(England): 'Teaching the Bible Creatively in the Contemporary World'
(Finland): 'Private, personal and public religion'
1994 Rome (Italy):
Christian minorities in a pluralistic world: is confessional RE
(France): Spirituality and Europe
(Norway): The Pluralistic European Society. Opportunities for Co-operation
between Church and School?
(Hungary) - click here for the conference
report in English and here for a German report.
2006 Tartu (Estonia)
- click here for more details about
2008 Berlin (Germany)
- click here for more details
about the conference.
2011 Praha (Czech
Republic) - click here for more
details about the conference.
Conference on 18/19 September 2008 in Berlin with the theme:
shapes Europe’s Future
of Intercultural Dialogue and Religion to Education for Living together
in Europe. The program
includes presentation of current European developments with workshops,
lectures and speeches. It provides political as well as academic
perspective, together with dialogue sessions between representatives
of political institutions and networks of Christian churches in
Sometimes, conferences are organised
in co-operation with other organisations, e.g. the International
Association for Christian Education (IV), the European Conference
on Christian Education (ECCE) or the Council of Europe. In 1990,
ICCS adopted a statement on 'European Perspectives of Education'
after having held a symposium together with the Loccum Institute
of Religious Education (RPI).
In 1998, ICCS supported the founding
of the Co-ordinating Group for Religious Education in Europe - CoGREE
(http://www.cogree.com) in which
six European wide organisations are co-ordinating their common activities
as well as supporting each other. CoGREE includes representatives
of IV, ECCE, EFTRE (Euro-pean Forum for Teachers of RE), RE Network
and EAWRE (European Association for World Religions in Education).
ICCS introduced the discussion about European education policies
of the Council of Europe and the European Union as permanent working
issues to CoGREE.
Usually, reports of ICCS conferences
are pub-lished and available to all who are interested.
Frequently a working group is established
to work on a certain theme more in depth. These working groups,
composed of 8 - 12 participants from different European countries,
prepare a publication or a contribution to a conference.