Ecological theology, eco-justice addressed by theologians in WCC co-hosted conference

Co-hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Ecumenical and Francophone Seminar on the Theology of Ecology (SOFTE), the conference held on 5-8 July in Geneva, Switzerland, reflected on an ecumenical theology of ecology and care for creation that promotes a visible unity of Christian churches.

Roman Catholic, reformed and Orthodox theologians meet face-to-face for the first time at the ecumenical center to reflect on the theme “Theology of body and the Incarnation.”

WCC deputy general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri praised the francophone theologians of SOFTE for choosing the WCC as an ecumenical space to do theology of ecology. She noted that the theme of SOFTE 2022 can be linked with the upcoming WCC 11th assembly theme: “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”

The SOFTE-WCC conference allowed participants to deepen dialogue to find solutions to the alarming results of ecological sins that strike the climate and the whole creation. “We need to revive the concept of ecological sins as the non-respect of the limits that God have set in the natural world, including human greed,” said Dr Louk Andrianos, WCC consultant on Care for Creation, Sustainability and Climate Justice. He remembered that the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was the first spiritual leader who urged all Christians to mind about ecological sins.

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