2021 ECEN ASSEMBLY 31st May & 1st June

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2021 ECEN ASSEMBLY
31st May & 1st June
Reconciled with Creation:
Call for Urgent Action on Climate and Biodiversity

The Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) will be held in 6 online sessions from 31 May to 1 June 2021.

The ECEN Assembly will explore responses to climate change and efforts for a sustainable future linked to an ethical dimension and broader questions of individual and collective freedom, as well as pursuing justice and responsibility for future. Churches in Europe are increasingly engaged in responding to these challenges. Care for creation has, in recent years, become a visible part of the church identity. Exchange of experiences, networking and mutual support in enhancing efforts to protect the creation will remain in focus at the ECEN Assembly.

The ECEN Assembly will highlight practices from European churches leading to a sustainable future and supportive governance. The first day of the Assembly will feature a session for open dialogue and sharing. Youth will actively participate in the ECEN Assembly, with close cooperation and engagement in the preparations and Assembly process.

The European Christian Environmental Network provides a Europe-wide platform for cooperation among churches in responding to environmental challenges and protecting the creation.

Topics include:

  • Does Climate Change and Sustainable Future Pose a Particular Theological Concern?
  • The European Green Deal and the Role of Churches
  • Networking and Cooperation in Responding to Challenges of Ecology
  • Churches‘ Action and Commitment in Responding to Climate Change
  • Climate Justice – Concern of Ecumenical Youth

Keynote speakers:

  • Bishop Jochen Cornelius-Bundschuh, Evangelical Church in Baden
  • Archbishop Job of Telmessos, Ecumenical Patriarchate

Panel discussion with:

  • Members of European Parliament Jutte Guteland and Sven Giegold
  • Youth
  • Civil society organisations
  • Representatives of church-related projects in care for creation