Daily Prayers for the EFECW

These prayers have been offered by the England Forum to be used as a daily prayer focus for the women of the forum, our nations and churches.


Lord we come before you, not alone,
but in the company of one another,
as sisters of the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women.
We share happiness with each other –
and it becomes greater.
We share our troubles with each other –
and they become smaller.
We share one another’s griefs and burdens –
and their weight becomes possible to bear.

Help us to hold each other in our hearts and minds as we pray,
and as we go about our daily lives.


God of power and promise,
You gather and scatter your people to the ends of the earth.
Gather me together now with my sisters in the Ecumenical Forum of Christian Women.

Today is the (NUMBER) day of the month where we think especially of our sisters in (COUNTRY)*

Holy God,
we offer to you
our prayers for the world:

for those who long for good news
and for those
who no longer believe
that good news is possible …

for those who yearn
to break out of their prisons,
and those who do not realise
the prisons that hold them …

for those who seek
for truth and wisdom
and those who have
given up the search …

for those who labour for justice
and those who are
tired of the struggle …

for those who need to know
God loves them
and those who are hurt
by the Church’s failure to love …

Loving God,
as Lydia welcomed the Gospel,
Tabitha offered her skills
and Rhoda held fast to the truth,
We pray that we too may be filled with your Spirit.
And be ready always, in word and deed, to pursue peace and justice within our nations, communities and homes. AMEN



  1. Albania and Armenia
  2. Austria and Belarus
  3. Belgium and Bosnia
  4. Bulgaria and Croatia
  5. Cyprus
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Denmark and England
  8. Estonia
  9. Finland
  10. France and Georgia
  11. Germany
  12. Greece
  13. Hungary and Iceland
  14. Ireland
  15. Italy and Kosova
  16. Latvia and Lithuania
  17. Luxemburg and Malta
  18. Macedonia and Moldova
  19. Netherlands
  20. Norway and Poland
  21. Portugal
  22. Romania
  23. Russia and Scotland
  24. Serbia and Slovakia
  25. Slovenia and Spain
  26. Sweden
  27. Switzerland
  28. Ukraine and Wales
  29. Our co-presidents and central committee
  30. Our ecumenical sisters worldwide.
  31. The churches in our own nation

Women Without Walls by Mary Cotes

‘A remarkable book that graphically elucidates the gospel’s call to women to be present in the world’

A review of Women Without Walls – How God Shapes Ordinary Women for Extraordinary Kingdom work by forum member Mary Cotes
ISBN: 9789811471568

Reviewed by Anthea Sully

Baptist minister, Mary Cotes, was inspired to write Women Without Walls with a passionate conviction that grassroots women should have access to the empowering stories of women in the Bible. The outcome is a remarkable book that graphically elucidates the gospel’s call to women to be present in the world.

Taking the parable of the yeast as its starting point and rooted in Matthew’s gospel, the stories of biblical women are woven and paralleled with some remarkable historical Christian women. As Cotes says, “The action of the yeast is nothing short of amazing. Mixed with flour and water, it starts to work and becomes, as if miraculously, a dynamic agent of change”. I feel this book will give all seekers of the Kingdom, and especially women, the confidence to step out and become people of transformation.

Mary Cotes

We find the Canaanite woman and Sojourner Truth hand in hand, the relationship bringing both their stories to life. Cotes relates the Bible narratives, and then very gently challenges our assumptions, suggesting we may want to look at them a different way, one which puts women and their agency at the centre. I found this approach profoundly refreshing – I was meeting with women I thought I knew and discovering they became relatable to my life and my own challenges.

This effect was amplified by the counterpoint with other women’s stories. I was aware of some of these, such as Betsie and Corrie Ten Boom who are paired with the Marys at the tomb. Others were less familiar including the French religious, Alice Domon, who stood with the mothers of the disappeared in Argentina. By weaving her story with that of the mother of James and John we see how Jesus is present in the midst of suffering and that women can respond to a call to serve.

There are some overarching themes. One is that women can indeed ‘work the yeast’ throughout the flour and in doing so engender whole community transformation. Another is that women are not only doing this work within their homes, for they are called out into the public space to witness. I have been a politician, a church leader and in senior leadership of organisations, and Women Without Walls made me think of what my calling might be both now and in the future.

I am also aware of my responsibility to encourage other Christian women in finding and living their calling, and Women Without Walls is a tremendous resource for doing just that. This is a book that is deserving of a wide and diverse audience. I hope very much that men will also come to read it.

Anthea Sully is the free churches National Coordinator for the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women and Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK

This review first appeared in the Baptist Times https://www.baptist.org.uk/Articles/613299/Women_Without_Walls.aspx

Methodist Women in Britain

Surviving by Hope was the theme of the Methodist Women in Britain Conference that took place in Swanwick in April.

The keynote speaker and leader for the weekend was Jill Baker, former President of Methodist Women in Britain and a past Vice President of the Methodist Conference.

Based in Glasgow, Jill is a former Mission Partner (with her husband Andrew), and she continues to serve the Methodist Church in various roles both locally adn Connexionally.

Jill focussed on the energising and sustaining practices of pilgrimage and poetry. Many of the conference sessions can be viewed for free on YouTube here

Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women – statement on the war in Ukraine

The Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women affirms solidarity with the Ukrainian people and calls for an immediate end to the abuse of power displayed by Putin.

The Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women is a network of women from all Christian traditions. The Forum is active in over 30 European countries.As members of the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women we strongly condemn the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. This is in contravention of International Law and a violation of the UN Charter which puts the foundations of our peaceful interdependence and shared humanity at grave risk.
We stand against the abuse of power by one man who has launched an unprovoked attack against the Ukrainian people, including communities of women and children. Such politics that brings death and destruction must end.
Our movement is one that seeks peace, emboldened and driven by our belief in the life and example of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Our mission is to reach out across cultural, geographical and national divides and, in solidarity with one another, seek the peace and justice that is demanded by our faith.
We therefore stand in solidarity with our Ukrainian sisters and all Ukrainian people and make the following commitments:

  1. To call for an immediate end to the current invasion.
  2. To uphold in prayer the people of the Ukraine and our Ukrainian sisters.
  3. To demand of our governments determined action to bring about a peaceful and just resolution to this war.
  4. To welcome and support refugees and all those displaced because of the conflict.
  5. To support the desire of the Ukrainian people to be fully established as European members.

    On behalf of the EFECW Coordinating Committee

Global Theologies of Gender Based Violence

An event to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2020. Christian Aid Scotland, Side by Side, the Scottish Episcopal Church, Act Alliance, and the World Council of Churches are delighted to invite you to an event to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2020.

We will hear from inspirational speakers on the importance of faith communities and leaders speaking out on gender-based violence, and share some of the creative ways people are challenging gender-based violence in countries and communities across the world.

This event will be held on Zoom – the Zoom link will be sent by email 24 hours before. Please familiarise yourself with the Zoom App on your chosen device.

Register on Eventbrite or contact Fiona (fbuchanan@christian-aid.org) for more information.


A happy Easter in difficult times

In such difficult times we are very aware of our sisters across Europe.  We are all living with the strains and worries of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Usually at times of stress it where coming together to mark the major festivals of our faith can offer some comfort and hope for the future.  This year it is different for nearly all of us and many will not be able to be with their friends and loved ones.

We are suggesting that you may wish to join with the Swiss Church in London. Reverend Carla Maurer, its pastor, was a board member of the European Forum of European Christian Women (EFECW) from 2010-2014 where she coordinated the first Pop Up Monastery.

Here is the link to the Easter Sunday service https://swisschurchlondon.org.uk/downloads/

May peace be with you this Easter.

Photo by Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash



‘Reconciled with creation: a call for urgent action on climate and biodiversity’ – Assembly of European Christian Environmental Networks

Response to climate change and efforts for sustainable future are linked to an ethical dimension and to broader questions of individual and collective freedom, pursuing of justice and responsibility for future. Churches and faith communities have been increasingly aware of these challenges.   

In pursuing these challenges, European Christian Environmental Network announces its next Assembly, which will take place under the title: ‘Reconciled with creation: a call for urgent action on climate and biodiversity’ from 29 August – 2 September 2020 in Evangelical Academy Bad Herrenalb ( Germany). 

An essential aspect of the ECEN conference 2020 will be relating work of European churches in ecology and care for creation to the 2021 Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Karlsruhe. Partnership and close cooperation between ECEN and WCC has been successfully developing for years. The WCC Assembly in Europe, first after more than 5 decades, offers a unique opportunity for manifesting close link and support of European churches to the Assembly through many ways. ECEN has an ambition to emphasise this link in highlighting a joint efforts of churches in Europe and WCC in works on care for creation and ecological justice, and through the conference contribute to a meaningful way leading to the WCC Assembly 2021.

ECEN Assembly will offer a space for highlighting churches’ efforts for practices leading to sustainable future and to the governance supporting these practices. Particular attention in preparation as well as in programme of the Assembly will be given to involvement of youth and specific youth’s concerns related to care of sustainable future. Close cooperation with Ecumenical Youth Council of Europe and World Student Christian Federation – Europe will be an essential part of the process.

New website from our sisters in Germany

Our sisters in Germany are pleased to announce their new website.  https://www.oekumeneforum.de/  They describe their themes to include climate, refugees, women,  governments  and more.

Segen in die vier Himmelsrichtungen

Gott des Friedens, segne den Osten dieser Welt,
wo du die Sonne aufgehen lässt Tag für Tag,
wo Menschen einander lieben und dich loben;

Stärke den Frieden im Osten der Welt.

Gott, durch deine Gerechtigkeit segne den Süden dieser Welt,
wo die Sonne am Mittag ihren Lauf nimmt,
wo die Menschen bauen und bewahren;
Stärke das Recht im Süden dieser Welt.

Gott, in deiner Barmherzigkeit segne den Westen dieser Welt,
wo mit der Sonne das Licht des Tages vergeht,
wo Menschen singen und lachen;
Stärke die Barmherzigkeit im Westen der Welt.

Gott, die du uns zueinander führst, segne den Norden dieser Welt,
wo die Sonnenwende beeindruckende Schönheit schafft,
wo die Menschen einander begegnen und bergen;
Stärke die Gemeinschaft im Norden der Welt.

Rochester Diocese calls on men to stand against domestic abuse

Rochester Diocese has been working in partnership with specialist agencies to deliver workshops and raise awareness and understanding in churches across the Diocese, about domestic abuse.

Their work around Domestic Abuse began in 2018 with the ‘Setting the Captives Free…freedom from Domestic Abuse’ campaign.

From June 2019 the diocese is continuing to stand up to domestic abuse by supporting the White Ribbon UK Campaign and encouraging churches to get involved too.

White Ribbon UK is part of the global movement to end male violence against women. It invites men to make a pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

Twenty per cent of all women in the UK have experienced sexual assault
More than half of the women in the UK have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
An average of two women a week are murdered by a current or former partner in England and Wales.
It is therefore essential that men take responsibility in ending male violence against women, as it is still often labelled as a ‘women’s issue’.

For more information see https://www.rochester.anglican.org/mission/domestic-abuse/

Bishop Simon, Bishop James and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Meeting of EFECW Coordinating Committee

The second meeting of Coordinating Committee of EFECW was held in Corfu, Greece 27 Februrary to 3 March 2019. This meeting was a good opportunity to the CC to continue to work together and to develop activities on different areas, as well as to join  the neighbourhood meeting organised by the Greek Forum for Mediterranean countries and to share the CC message on the topic of violence against women.

During these three effective days, the new CC members, after sharing news from local forums and other activities undertaken by the CC since the last meeting in Vienna and being presented of different aspects of the work of the CC and determined the future activities, including, communication among and with the member forum organisations of EFECW, new effective ways to develop “inter-forums” relations and to be well informed about each other, the empowerment of young and active women in EFECW, by continuing  to commit ourselves to the young women’s strategy. A larger visibility and presence of EFECW especially in churches, religious, and civil organisations both at national and European level and developing  spiritual guidelines for EFECW.
Marianna Apresyan, EFECW Co-President