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Welcome to the Faith Ecology Network - an interfaith network of people connecting faith with ecological awareness and care.

About us

 

FEN is an Australian hub for strengthening an interfaith dialogue between science and religion. We encourage action between different faith communities regarding ecological insights through holding events, producing publications and sharing information through our networks and on social media. Our network of people is currently representative of Aboriginal, Anglican, Bahá’í, Buddhist, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, Quaker, and Uniting Church faith traditions.

Our aims

  • To share mutual appreciation of religious traditions regarding ecological insights
  • To discern and foster religious reasons for environmental advocacy
  • To strengthen the dialogue of science and religion between different faith groups, professionals and the community


What we do

Through the network we share the experience of religious and cultural diversity which enhances the depths of one’s own religious tradition. We grow in understanding of the connections between faith and ecology. We build up networks within and between faith traditions and environmentalists.

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    ECOLOGICAL REFORMATION OF CHRISTIANITY

     
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    To address the question of ecological reformation of each Christian tradition, leaders have created the 'Manifesto for an Ecological Reformation of Christianity'. It states:

    The need for an ecological reformation of all Christian traditions is of course manifested in different
    ways in various parts of the world. The pain impulses associated with ecological destruction have been
    registered especially in those areas that lie on the periphery of current constellations of economic
    power. The call for an ecological reformation of Christianity has come with particular urgency from
    Christians in such areas (the Pacific, Africa, Asia, Latin-America) as they are more exposed and
    vulnerable. This call is echoed by churches which belong to (mainly protestant) countries in the global
    North which have contributed heavily to the exploitation of natural resources, industrial production
    and a style of consumption that causes environmental degradation. (Excerpt from the Manifesto for an Ecological Reformation of Christianity, Gathering at the Academy of Volos, March 2016)

     

    UNITED RELIGIONS INITIATIVE (URI)

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    Exciting news! FEN has recently become a member (or Cooperation Circle) of the global interfaith, grassroots network the United Religions Initiative.

    About URI

    URI is a global grassroots interfaith network of over 770 organisations and groups of people in 95 countries around the world, that work to cultivate peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world.

    URI members, called co-operation circles, work to transcend religious and cultural divisions all around the world to create inclusive, on-the-ground solutions to critical issues facing their communities and regions.

    Many URI CCs, including FEN, are organized around environmental issues, including pollution, resource depletion and global warming, which cut across religious, cultural and geographic boundaries and underlie many of the social and economic issues they face. In 2008, URI launched its Environmental Satellite, a network of environmental experts and environment-oriented CCs, and developed a collection of on-line resources to support them. URI’s Global Council also issued a Climate Change Call to Action in 2010.

    For more information on how to get involved please contact Australia Pacific Co-ordinator Nivy nivy@uri.org and visit www.uri.org

     

    Food & Faith - an interfaith community garden

     

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    FEN members and staff from the Columban Mission Institute joined with people from diverse cultures and faith backgrounds to celebrate the launch of the FoodFaith Community Garden in Lane Cove. 

    EVENT: Spiritual Awareness for a Sustainable World. 1 - 3 April 2016

     

    Join other FEN members and environmental sustainability professionals for this spiritual retreat from the 1st- 3rd of April 2016. The retreat will be held at the Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning in the Blue Mountains. For more information, click here.

     

     FEN walks with diverse cultures & faiths at People's Climate March

     

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    On Sunday 29th November 2015 people of diverse faiths and cultures walked alongside tens of thousands of passionate people in a show of solidarity for climate action ahead of the COP 21 climate talks in Paris.

     

    VIDEO: Enrichment Day 2015

     

    We have created a short video of this year's FEN Enrichment Day. FEN members enjoyed a day of hiking through the Wollangambe wilderness to Gooches Crater, where they took in the spectacular views and learnt about the background and issues of the natural area from expert and guide, Dr. Haydn Washington. FEN members then spent some time meditating in ancient caves located below the pagodas.

    View the video on YouTube here.

    2015 Enrichment Day

     

    On Sunday 18 October 2015, FEN members walked to Gooches Crater in the Wollangambe wilderness for the annual Enrichment Day. It was a day of spiritual reflection and connection to nature, guided by scientist and author, Dr. Haydn Washington.

     

    For all photos, click here.


    Is a healthy earth compatible with endless growth?

     

     

    On 23 July 2015, FEN held a multifaith forum in Sydney on the topic of endless growth on a finite planet. The title of event was Healthy Earth, Endless Growth - are they compatible?

    After a keynote speech by scientist and author Dr. Haydn Washington on the topic of the growth economy, five respondents from different faith traditions commented from their own faith perspectives.

    A statement on the growth economy was then distributed to all participants. The statement was produced by FEN members from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.

    The circulation of this statement was followed by a group discussion session, during which audience members shared their opinions and feelings regarding the topic. Click here to read some of the insights shared.

    We also produced a short video of the forum, which is available to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iny43t2JNs

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  • From the blog

    Two paths, one goal: Sufism and the climate justice movement

     

    By Daniel Mostovac – presenter at PathWays Coalition for Diversity Education

    “Humanity is endangered.”

    So says Shaykh Taner, a Teacher of the Ansari Order of Sufis based in New South Wales. Originally from Turkey, Shaykh Taner and his wife Shaykha Muzeyyen have lived in the United States for the past 30 years and have recently toured Melbourne and Sydney, offering talks, meditations and healings. Sufism is a movement that originated in Islam some thousand years ago, often called the mystical interpretation of Islam. However, Sufism today can be practiced in a secular way. The Ansari Order makes no discrimination based on sex, gender, religion or politics, but welcomes anyone in search of peace and truth.

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    Interfaith Statement on Climate Change

    On 18th April 2016, an interfaith statement calling for urgent action on climate change will be presented to the President of the UN General Assembly in New York. FEN welcomes this call for action, and we encourage members of the public to sign the statement here.

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