Vision for Eco-Mission NSW Network
‘Eco-Mission NSW Network’ has been formed as a voluntary team of NSW Christians from diverse faith traditions in response to the call of the National Council of Churches Australia Eco Mission Project to build national networks that link faith and ecology.
The Gospel is ever new and we see this network as a work of the Spirit in our time. It is a witness to Christ’s continuing vitality and our desire to walk with others.
Eco-Mission NSW Network is informed by the ecological crises of our times and to our changing understandings of the place of humanity within the story of the cosmos. We are energized by examples of Christian commitment in response to this crisis carried out with an expanded understanding. Our mission response to the ongoing degradation of Earth’s life systems draws upon scripture, theological insights and ongoing scientific discovery as an ongoing reflection. It is a cause for prayer and celebration within our faith communities.
Our role is firstly to animate Christian communities to integrate ecological consciousness into their life and work. This is a positive message about opportunities to live richer, more meaningful and more sustainable lives. Sacrifice and risk are involved. Secondly, we aspire to be an ecumenical voice on public policies working from the Christian values and principles that inform us.
Eco-Mission NSW Network sees our group as a hub of Christian ecological consciousness and action. We hope to become a network with members from all Christian denominations and geographical parts of NSW. We embrace diverse manifestations of ecological concern recognising that this comes in many forms among people of goodwill. In common we can pray in thanksgiving for this deepening revelation of the Creator.
Our Network values ecological consciousness, compassion, respect, inclusiveness, dialogue, integral mission and Christian hope. These values lead us to embrace these principles.
1. We are followers of the Way of Christ, as revealed in Scripture and ongoing reflection
2. We treasure Creation as a freely given gift and blessing for all that reflects the Glory of God
3. We recognize our place in cosmic history and our kinship with all other creatures
4. We are attentive to the various ecological crises which we perceive as ‘Signs of our Times’
5. We affirm the interconnections between ecological justice, social justice and peace
6. We work in an inclusive and invitational way that embraces diversity seeking to collaborate with all people of good will
7. We understand hope as an active commitment to the healing and wholeness of Creation
8. We provide guidance for others and inspiration to engage in advocacy.