29 August – 2 September 2020
Climate change and sustainable development have become defining challenges of early decades of 21st century. An unprecedented speed and far reaching impacts of climate change are increasingly realities of everyday life. Political efforts addressing climate change and sustainable development, incl. Paris climate accord, outcomes of annual COPs, efforts of UN, EU and many individual countries are mounting up.
Response to climate change and efforts for sustainable future are linked to an ethical dimension and to broader questions of individual and collective freedom, pursuing of justice and responsibility for future. Churches and faith communities have been increasingly aware of these challenges.
In pursuing these challenges, European Christian Environmental Network announces its next Assembly, which will take place under the title: ‘Reconciled with creation: a call for urgent action on climate and biodiversity’ from 29 August – 2 September 2020 in Evangelical Academy Bad Herrenalb ( Germany).
An essential aspect of the ECEN conference 2020 will be relating work of European churches in ecology and care for creation to the 2021 Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Karlsruhe. Partnership and close cooperation between ECEN and WCC has been successfully developing for years. The WCC Assembly in Europe, first after more than 5 decades, offers a unique opportunity for manifesting close link and support of European churches to the Assembly through many ways. ECEN has an ambition to emphasise this link in highlighting a joint efforts of churches in Europe and WCC in works on care for creation and ecological justice, and through the conference contribute to a meaningful way leading to the WCC Assembly 2021.
ECEN Assembly will offer a space for highlighting churches’ efforts for practices leading to sustainable future and to the governance supporting these practices. Particular attention in preparation as well as in programme of the Assembly will be given to involvement of youth and specific youth’s concerns related to care of sustainable future. Close cooperation with Ecumenical Youth Council of Europe and World Student Christian Federation – Europe will be an essential part of the process.
The aims of the ECEN Assembly are:
- To offer space for the sharing and exchange of environmental action in the churches in Europe and the world, and to intensify work of churches in Europe and cooperation with partners with a particular attention to concerns of youth.
- To underline the ethical, spiritual and theological dimension of the environmental engagement of the churches.
- To highlight an effort of churches for a global coordinated action on climate change and sustainable development and support of theme of sustainable development and ecological justice in WCC Assembly 2021 in Karlsruhe.
- To provide the churches with guidance and support in their environmental work, and to develop their capacity for networking, cooperation and joint action.
Evangelical Academy Bad Herrenalb, Germany
Evangelical Landeskirche Baden
Ecumenical Youth Council of Europe
World Student Christian Federation - Europe