About us

The European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL) brings together senior religious leaders from Europe’s historical religions, to think and act together on issues of common concern. Members are represented from traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam together with Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Zoroastrians.

The Council draws upon the spiritual, ethical and moral wisdom of the world’s great religious traditions and leaders, in order to support the building of peace, social harmony and security throughout Europe.

  • Providing preeminent consultative body for multi-national and governmental organisations on a range of issues related to religious communities, beliefs and practices.
  • Providing a credible and authoritative partner for think tanks, civil society actors and academics who are carrying our research and knowledge exchange activities related to Religion’s role in Europe today.
  • Convening members for careful discernment on matters of critical and common concern – outputs of many such meetings can be found below.

ECRL members have been recently active in participating in European level discourse on Hate Speech in partnership with Kaiciid (King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue) and the ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights- OSCE). And also participated in forums on topics of Counteracting Violent Extremism. ECRL cooperated with the above mentioned partners to carry out an Expert Consultation on Countering Hate Speech. See the report here: Report on Consultation Findings

Members of ECRL are actively contributing to the RfP Europe working group on Environmental concern and a number of members participated and presented at the Global online conference Faith in Nature held in 2020, which was convened and supported by a number of partners including The Icelandic Government, Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, United Nations Association of Iceland, The United Nations Environment Program, Religions for Peace, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, along with representatives of diverse Religious communities from around the world. ECRL was responsible for organising the European Hub for this conference.

ECRL members are also supporting the Metropolitan Regions project which seeks to bring together Religious actors and government representatives to learn about effective cooperation for peace and security in diverse Cities. This new project developed out of the Three Cities Project, a project ECRL initiated with the Berlin Senate in 2016 and began with an exchange between Berlin and London.

Rev. Dr. Thomas Wipf – President of ECRL

H.E Mufti Dr. Nedzad Grabus

H.E Metropolitan Emmanuel

Jamie Cresswell

Chief Rabbi Izhak Dayan

Bishop Em. William Kenney OP

Bishop Kaisamari Hintikka – representative to the Board of RfP Europe

Bhai Sahib Dr. Mohinder Singh – representative to the Board of RfP Europe

Shaykh Sayed Razawi – representative to the Board of RfP Europe

* Vice-Presidents

Jewish

Chief Rabbi Izhak Dayan, Switzerland *
Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister, Austria
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, The Netherlands
Rabbi Yeshaya Dalsace, France
Gady Gronich, Germany
Shorena Mikava, Germany

Protestant and Anglican

Bishop Marianne Gaarden, Denmark
Bishop Martin Hein, Germany
Bishop Kaarlo Kalliala, Finland
Bishop Atle Sommerfeldt, Norway
Revd Dr. Thomas Wipf, Switzerland *

Orthodox

Metropolitan Emmanuel, France *
Bishop Ioannis of Thermopylae, Greece
Dr Andreas Andreopoulos, Great Britain

Muslim

Mufti Nedzad Grabus, Slovenia *
Ms. Meherzia Labidi Maïza, France
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Great Britain
M.A. Özlem Nas, Germany
Imam Yahya Pallavicini, Italy
Shaykh Sayed Razawi, Scotland

Catholic

Mr. Etienna De Jonghe, Belgium
Sister Madeleine Fredell, Sweden
Bishop William Kenney, Great Britain *
Dr habil. Agata S. Nalborczyk, Poland

Dharmic Religions

Mr. Jamie Cresswell, Buddhist, Great Britain *
Mr. Dorab Mistry OBE, Zoroastrian, Great Britain
Bhai Sahib Dr. Mohinder Singh, Sikh, Great Britain
Gandharvika Prema devi dasi, Hindu (ISKCON), Hungary
Dr. Lakshmi Vyas, Hindu, Great Britain

Advisors

Revd Dr. Detlef Görrig
Dr. Martin Affolderbach
Mr. Joachim Pothmann
Stein Villumstadt

Statements and declarations

2020-2023

2015 – 2019

2010-2015

2000-2010

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