Conferences

Common themes are identified by FEN members. Members of faith traditions as well as environmental experts have shared knowledge and experience about the connections between faith and ecology based around these common themes. They are presented under the following headings.

Deep and DeepER listening to Nature (2020)

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.