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Wethen, 07 March 2024

It is with gratitude and appreciation for seven years of energetic commitment that Church and Peace, the European peace church network, has taken leave of Lydia Funck, its longstanding general secretary. After graduating in politics and Middle East studies, topped by peace and conflict research, she took on many diverse assignments in the position. They included public communication of the peace church vision and practice, coordinating preparations for the annual international conferences and representing Church and Peace at the ecumenical level, for example in the Pathways to Peace initiative of the Conference of European Churches.

During these years, Lydia Funck has shaped the network with impressive charisma and expertise, strengthening, rejuvenating and expanding it. She will be taking on new professional challenges as the person responsible for international networks and ecumenism at Bread for the World Germany. We are pleased for her and say goodbye full of gratitude for her service,” says Church and Peace chair Antje Heider-Rottwilm.

In mid-February the Board was delighted to welcome Juliane Prüfert as the new general secretary. She is a peace expert, a university-trained theologian and an advisor on nonviolent conflict transformation in social movements. Juliane Prüfert brings practical experience in community-building and networking both in international contexts and with the non-governmental organisation Community Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Colombia, Lesbos and Kurdistan/Iraq. Until recently she worked as secretary for peace and reconciliation at the Ecumenical Information Centre in Dresden and then with the Frauenkirche Dresden Foundation.

It is wonderful that we were able to quickly find a general secretary who has such good connections in the network and takes on the position with a lot of experience,” says Antje Heider-Rottwilm. “In view of the complex, tough issues that we in Church and Peace want to keep confronting, I’m sure that Juliane Prüfert will strengthen the network and stand up for our witness to active nonviolence.”

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OKRin i.R. Antje Heider-Rottwilm, Chair of Church and Peace, +49 172 5162 799

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