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)
Exciting news! FEN has recently become a member (or Cooperation Circle) of the global interfaith, grassroots network the United Religions Initiative.
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 email@example.com and visit www.uri.org
Food & Faith - an interfaith community garden
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
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