Conferences

FEN's conferences explore the connections between faith and ecology based around particular themes.  The 2020 conference contains all the videos from the event, the remainder contain are written responses.

Faiths Regenerating Wonder and the Will to Care.  Australia’s Life Support Systems are on Life Support was how ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes titled her presentation at this World Environment Day webinar held by the Affinity Intercultural Foundation in collaboration with FEN. She gave us a punchy overview of a February 2021 report on Ecosystem Collapse from the Tropics to Antarctica in which she was one of 38 scientific authors.  Followed by religious reflections by two FEN members.  A reminder of how interconnected we humans are on all of Earth’s ecosystems here in Australian and globally.  Please watch this webinar with your faith community on any of these platforms:

YouTube. Facebook. Twitter


Deep and DeepER listening to Nature (2020)- a celebration of biodiversity

Andrew Skeoch's presentations, Q&A and the religious responses


Healthy Earth, Endless Growth - Are they compatible? (2015)

Can our finite planet sustain endless growth? 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 resulting from the conference, and the collected comments of participants, can be read here.


Mining (2012)

What impact does Australia’s dependence on the mining of fossil fuels have on its ecological, social and economic systems?


Fasting and Feasting (2009)

Food is an important part of all religious traditions and involves ritual around both fasting and feasting.  It is a gift that connects us.


Climate Change (2007)

Climate change is  a challenge to the moral integrity of our nation,  a challenge not just to politicians but to Australian society and its faith communities.


Water (2004)

Essential in the lives of all Australians. Water is Life! This resource is to be used wisely for the common good, neither squandered nor become the preserve of a minority.  Only the final conference statement is included here.


Wonder (2003)

People wonder with amazement at Earth’s complexities and so their will to care about the health of our planet grows.


Food

Food as a basic human right is a gift to be shared. Safe food is a moral and spiritual issue.


Earth Our Common Home

Earth is the only known home of all peoples and all known life. It is part of the faith story of all our religious traditions.