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Greening Christian institutions and practices – Kate Davies

This contribution by Kate Davies records a brief history of the environmental movement and church involvement in eco-justice activism. It makes suggestions as to why Christian churches in South Africa, with a historic involvement in social justice, have not responded sooner to the crisis.

A new voice of concern from faith communities is beginning to emerge alongside the confident “green economy” discourse of global institutions and corporations. With the realisation that human behaviour is seriously threatening the delicate balance of life on the planet, the need for a unifying and transforming tipping point to mainstream this emerging ecclesial reform movement is discussed.