Faith communities caring for the living earth
We, as an institute of people of many faiths, are united in our diversity through our common commitment to earth keeping.
Through collaboration, networking, research and action, SAFCEI seeks to:
raise environmental awareness
engage in formulating policy and ethical guidelines within faith communities
facilitate environmental responsibility and action
confront environmental and socio-economic injustices
support environmental training and learning.
Who we are
After a multi-faith environment conference which called for the establishment of a faith-based environment initiative, SAFCEI was launched in 2005. It was registered as both a Public Benefit and Non-Profit Organisation (a Section 21 Company) in early 2006.
SAFCEI enjoys a broad spectrum of membership, including African Traditional Healers, Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Quaker, and a wide range of Christian denominations.
As a multi-faith organisation SAFCEI is committed to supporting faith leaders and their communities in Southern Africa to increase awareness, understanding and action-taking on eco-justice, sustainable living and climate change issues.
SAFCEI emphasizes the spiritual, moral and ethical imperative to care for the Earth and the community of all life. The organisation encourages ethical leadership in a world wounded by rampant exploitation and pursues and speaks out on issues of eco-justice, promoting and encouraging action.
We uphold as core values the principles of the Earth Charter:
I. Respect and care for the community of life, following these four broad commitments:
i. Respect Earth and life in all its diversity
ii. Care for the community of life with understanding, compassion and love.
iii. Build democratic societies that are just, participatory, sustainable, and peaceful.
iv. Secure Earth’s bounty and beauty for present and future generations.
II. Ecological integrity
i. Protect and restore the integrity of Earth’s ecological systems, with special concern for
biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life.
III. Social and economic justice
i. eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative.
IV. Democracy, non-violence and peace
i. Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and
accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making and access to
ii. Treat all living beings with respect and consideration.
iii. Promote a culture of tolerance, non-violence and peace.