ECEN: the answer of CEC to challenges of Eco Justice

June 30th, 2016 10:42 am

Helsinki. On June 11-15, 2016, WSCF-Europe delegate Maria Kozhinova attended the 11th General Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN). ECEN is the main working instrument of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) in raising awareness on environmental issues and responding to climate change. The aim of the ECEN is to share information, experiences in environmental work among widely varied Christian traditions and to encourage a united witness in caring for God’s Creation.


11th ECEN General Assembly in Helsinki. Photo: Erin Green/CEC

The theme of the 11th Assembly was “Water in a Sustainable Future”. This theme was chosen because water is one of the key mediums in the climate process – we immediately notice changes in water levels, for example lack of drinking water, or excessive floods.

Liturgy blessing of water

Blessing of water – aghiasma – at ECEC 11th General Assembly. Photo: Erin Green/CEC

The Assembly theme was tackled from scientific, policy and theological perspectives, through presentations, panel discussions, and thematic working groups.

thematic group

Thematic group. Photo: Erin Green/CEC

Assembly guest speaker list included high-profile names such as Rev. Graham Usher, Bishop of Dudley (Church of England), Bishop Irja Askola, Bishop of Helsinki (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland), Metropolitan Ambrosius of Helsinki (Orthodox Church of Finland), Jukka Uosukainen, Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network, the operational arm of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Dr Pauliina Kainulainen

Dr Pauliina Kainulainen at ECEN Assembly. Photo: Erin Green/CEC

A Friend of WSCF-E Dr. Pauliina Kainulainen from University of Eastern Finland held a presentation on  ecological theology of contemplation and justice. For a complete programme and list of speakers, please click here. Maria Kozhinova, one of the few youth delegate of the Assembly, was elected into ECEN Leadership Team as youth representative, and will be involved in preparing the next ECEN Assembly.

evening nature walk

Evening nature walk and contemplation. Photo: Erin Green/CEC

Attending the ECEN Assembly was a very engaging and inspiring experience, which is likely to give many ideas to Region’s work on Eco Justice. We hope that this event will kickstart a new wave of eco-related activities, feed into our work, and also carry the ripples of enthusiasm on Eco Justice work throughout the grassroot movements, as well as soon-to-be-formed WSCF global working group on Eco Justice , coordinated by Latina America region and Marcelo Leites. We hope that at this challenging time for God’s Creation, many of us will unite to promote and achieve Eco Justice.

ECEN folder

ECEN 11th General Assembly materials

Programme and Speakers

Keynote presentations

Outcome Statement

CEC Press Release on the Assembly

Additional materials

2015 WSCF-Europe Regional Assembly Policy Paper on Eco Justice (pp. 6-8)

Green Toolbox by International Young Naturefriends, WSCF-Europe and Homo Ecos

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