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, but not limited to 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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    Latest News

    Important News:

    The Faith Ecology Network (FEN) is undergoing a change and is currently being co-ordinated by a core group of volunteers as it transitions to a new mode of operation. For inquiries or if you would like to assist FEN in any way, please contact us on our new email address: faithecology@gmail.com 

    50th Anniversary of the Iconic Earthrise Image

    December 24th, 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of “Earthrise”, the amazing photograph taken by Apollo 8, astronaut, Bill Anders. That photograph, the first of Earth from space, opened we earthlings up to the wonder of our Common Home, its beauty, its uniqueness and its precarious position in the universe. It helped us see that we are all one common humanity and one with all life on Earth.  

    Earlier that year, FEN held a series of public forums with insights from scientists and representatives from the major world religions on the topic, “Earth: Our Common Home.” From that series of events, the following statement was made: Statement on Earth Our Common Home


    Past Events

    Did you join the FEN Prayer Vigil - Have at a look at a short BLOG and some photos from the night.





    FEN has uploaded a Video from the 2016 Multi-Faith Event - Living Waters

    Have a look under resources to get a taste of this informative, inspiring and hopeful day




    Living Waters – Run-off, Rivers and Reefs

    “Within water there is a strange trust. It has faith in itself.
    It does not insist on any priority of place. It will flow until it finds its own level”.

    John O’Donohue, “To Free the Silted Source”.

    On Sunday 25th September, the Faith Ecology Network, in collaboration with Randwick City Council, held a wonderful event at the Randwick Community Centre. More than 40 people from diverse groups of faith, culture and scientific perspectives gathered to learn, listen, share and commit to actions on the importance of our water systems and the impact caused by human activities.
    The day was opened with a water ritual performed by an Aboriginal person, a secular person, a Hindu, a Christian and three Muslims and created a sense of the sacred, respect, trust and openness.
    Randwick City Council provided the venue, showcasing many sustainable practices and an ephemeral wetland currently full of water. They also provided two inspiring scientist-educators: Will Jones, marine scientist who runs the Marine Discovery Centre at Bondi Beach and Renée Ferster-Levy, ecologist.

    There was great diversity of people from Aboriginal, Bahai’i, Catholic, Anglican, Uniting Church, Greek Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu traditions as well of people of no faith who brought a richness with their presence and participation. Much knowledge was shared through the key speaker, Dr Duncan Cook, ACU Deputy Head of the School of Arts (NSW/ACT) and Head of Discipline (Geography) who drew our attention to issues of global inequality in water resources and lead to rich discussion about systems of power, governance and social justice. The preservation of water for the future was also on people’s minds. Will Jones revealed local reefs and the concept of ‘run-in’ which is causing terrible plastic pollution in our oceans.

    A four step process developed by Sally Neaves and Neil Davidson through the Rahamim Centre in Bathurst helped everybody share their personal responses to the expert input, then look at the issues in the broader context. People moved to discuss new learning in relation to faith/wisdom followed by commitment to action in faith groups as well as common action.

    The sun came out for a short while and allowed time for a guided walk out to the wetland with Renée Ferster-Levy and the chance to listen to her speak about the diverse birdlife and for us to hear their calls.

    Neil Davidson acted as a Key Listener and showed great skill in summing up what was being said at the tables. What was interesting as well as encouraging was that he saw the way the Faith Ecology Network operates as a great example of what needs to be done to bring about change for the good of all people and all life. The day is best summed up by this quote from one of our attendees who commented about their experience of the day “a sense especially of HOPE. Today I encountered a community so diverse yet so united in concern and commitment”. We look forward to the ways in which this day leads us to next.



    LIVING WATERS - RUN-OFF, RIVERS & REEFS                       




    [Image: Flickr http://bit.ly/1SYvUHW]  

    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)




    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





    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

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    Inspiring Earth Ethics – FEN at the Australian Earth Laws Alliance Conference

    I was lucky enough to be able to do a short presentation about FEN at the Inspiring Earth Ethics: Linking Values and Action Conference which was held in Brisbane on November 23 – 24, 2017.
    The key question, “How do we inspire and build Earth ethics in Australian society?” is one which probably many ordinary people ask themselves in different ways, knowing that the dominant discourse in public life is ignoring it even as the natural world suffers.



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    Environment and Sustainability Identified as Key Australian Spiritual and Material Issue

    On February 22, 2017, the Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations (APRO) hosted a national interfaith forum at Parliament House, New South Wales. In roundtable discussions consisting of people from various Christian denominations, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Bahai’i, people identified the natural environment and sustainability as a key issue facing the spiritual and material health of Australia. They agreed that religions have to be part of the learning, the sharing of a variety of insights and of the much-needed action.

    The participants from a range of religious traditions talked about the religious values that can help address some of the problems. They agreed that God is in everything, and that we are all interconnected, including inter-generationally. We need spiritual reformation to develop an ethic of enough to overcome greed, apathy and the consumer culture.  The emphasis placed on economic growth leads to waste, including of energy. We need to me more aware of where our food comes from and the impact of food production, including of meat.

    The group made recommendations to government, to faith communities and to individuals.

    To government:

    There is a crisis.

    Both knowledge and action are required.

    Governments need to see faith communities as a resource and consult them on the many issues which are part of the crisis, climate change, loss of biodiversity, the dying Great Barrier Reef, water, food production, renewable energy, fossil fuel use and renewable energy.

    If population growth is to be addressed, then gender equity and women’s education is crucial.

    To faith communities:

    Each religion should re-read its religious texts in light of scientific knowledge and ecological concerns.

    Religion can be in dialogue with scientists regarding faith values and scientific knowledge about climate change.

    The Faith Ecology Network provides a natural space for doing things together.

    To individuals:

    Humans have the capacity to care. Fulfilling our human role involves responsibility to act.

    People of faith can be involved as environmental educators with others in the wider community.

    For the full report on the APRO Forum see https://assembly.uca.org.au/rof/rof-news/item/2578-religious-values-and-the-value-of-religion-apro-forum

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