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

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Make a Submission to the Fed Govt’s draft new Nature Positive Plan

We urge you to make a simple submission to the draft reform of the ineffective old Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

The Department of Energy, the Environment, Climate Change and Water website says that they have developed a Nature Positive Plan. Learn more at EPBC Act reform. The 2023 budget outlined funding for elements of the plan. Now there is a consultation period where everybody is invited to share their views. YOUR VIEWS about BIODIVERSITY protection MATTER, no matter how simple, especially sharing them from your faith perspective.

Submissions CLOSE Saturday 30 March 2024. Go to https://consult.dcceew.gov.au/australias-new-nature-positive-laws Click on Start Survey. On Page 2, make your submission. Say who you are, what changes you want to see and why. The Biodiversity Council’s 10 Essential Elements of National Environmental Law Reforms is a good guide.
 


Read the Public Statement: Ask the Earth, It will Speak to You
made by the Faith Ecology Network
at the 2023 World Environment Day event on Biodiversity in Crisis.  

 


 

About FEN

 
The Faith Ecology Network (FEN) is 
an Australian hub for strengthening an interfaith dialogue between science and religion in the interests of advancing ecological consciousness and care for the Earth. 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. Recordings of most of our past events are available here, including our Deep Listening series. 
  


Our network of people currently includes people embracing Aboriginal Spirituality, and Anglican, Bahá’í, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhist, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, Orthodox Christian, Quaker, Salvation Army, Sikh, and Uniting Church faith traditions (see more about each faith and what they say about Earth).

 
Urgent Appeal 

 
FEN needs your help to grow this vital network of networks.

We need a part-time Co-ordinator.

Please consider giving directly online via this link or via our bank account details
 

 

Ten Ways to Care for Biodiversity
 

Ten Ways to Care

Posters of creative images designed by Brenna Quinlan Copryright Symbol

Order posters of The Ten Ways or individual posters of the Ten Ways. Please state on your payment that it is for FEN 10Ways.

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Watch the FEN webinar Ten Ways Faith Groups Care for Biodiversity at the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, Earth Laws Month 2022
 

     

Read our latest newsletter

The October 2023 E Newsletter is out now

  

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 learn from the sciences and grow in understanding of the connections between faith and ecology. We build up networks within and between faith traditions and environmentalists.
 

  

We share mutual appreciation regarding faith and ecology through...       

  • Producing publications about faith and ecology, resources and news
  • Holding public forums based on common faith and ecology themes
  • Dialogue with environmental professionals
  • Development of common statements on issues
  • FEN members passing on information and resources to their faith communities
  • Support of members with an annual enrichment day
     

 
We foster religious reasons for advocacy through...

  • Encouragement of action at local faith community level
  • FEN presence at rallies and public events
  • Promotion of FEN statements
  • Communication about opportunities for submissions on issues

The Faith Ecology Network (FEN) is currently co-ordinated by a core group of volunteers and a planning team of representatives from the faith groups who are part of the network. For inquiries or if you would like to assist FEN in any way, please contact us at: [email protected] 

 

History

FEN began in 2003. The Columban Centre for Peace Ecology and Justice, part of the Columban Mission Institute, initiated a meeting to promote the ability of people “to wonder” at earth’s complexities and their “will to care” about it. People from the Aboriginal, Anglican, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic and Uniting Church traditions planned a seminar. From that FEN was formed.

 

The word ‘ecology’ was integral to the FEN name since members wanted to respect and learn from the world of science and environmental movements. We affirmed that ‘interconnection’ is fundamental to ecological thinking. As people of faith we equally wanted to affirm the presence of a higher power or deity hidden-revealing within the earth itself. In 2004 we established an e-group.

 

FEN began to host regular public forums on a common area of interest. They invited ecological scientists to introduce each topic to set a level of professionalism. The forums have provided different faith insights and responses, sharing of rituals, opportunities for discussion, learning about resources, as well as socializing.

 

FEN believes in the importance of people of faith speaking publicly toinfluence public environmental opinion, so we produced statements on a particular forum topic.

 

FEN also decided to contribute within larger events such as the Pre-Parliament event for the 2009 World Parliament of Religions.

 

FEN began to hold Enrichment Days for its members. The first was held in 2010 at the North Head Sanctuary, Manly. In 2011, the Year of Forests, a day on forest ecology was held at Santi Forest Monastery, Bundanoon.

 

FEN has contributed to broader public awareness through its participation in Environmental Education seminars, radio interviews and contributions to publications.

 

FEN was administered for 13 years by the Centre for Peace Ecology and Justice.Since late 2017, FEN is run by volunteers and auspiced by the Sisters of Good Samaritan.

Volunteers from the different faith groups join together to plan events. FEN continues to grow as a network, operating mostly with the generous in-kind support of members, and donations from events held.

 

 

 

 
Support FEN Today

 FEN needs your help to grow this vital network of networks.

You can support our work directly online via this link or via our bank account details
 

 

  • From the blog

    Environmental Integrity

    Sandra Nicholls is an active member of the Brahma Kumaris and an environmental educator. She has been involved in bush regeneration at their retreat centre at Leura in the Blue Mountains of Sydney and is now engaging in the community near Ballarat, Victoria.

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    Kimberley-Broom Group Saving Lids and Bread Tags

    Lids for Kids, Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

    Dr Anne Jennings from Yawaru Country and Editor of the Australian Journal of Community World shares these two community projects from her Kimberley-Broome Group.

    It is called the Living Laudato Si' project in response the call by Pope Francis for all people of all faiths and none and all walks of life to act directly to care for our common home.

    Read more