WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
A CONFERENCE ON JUST PEACE WITH THE EARTH
11-13 October 2017, Digranes Church, Kópavogur, Iceland
ARCTIC CIRCLE ASSEMBLY
WCC KEY NOTE SPEACH, PANEL & SESSIONS ON JUST PEACE WITH THE EARTH, CLIMATE JUSTICE & INDIGENOUS SPIRITUALITIES 13-15 October 2017, Harpa Conference Centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
PARTICIPATION IN BOTH EVENTS IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED AS THEY ARE INTERRELATED.
Please return this form by September 14th, 2017
The Evangelical National Church of Iceland will now for the first time and in cooperation with other Christian denominations in the country celebrate the ‘Season of Creation’ as an integral part of its church year calendar in accordance with cherished practices within both the western and eastern traditions of Christianity.
As Climate Change impacts are increasingly endangering the whole global biosphere it is felt that the Christian Churches must, in obedience to Christ and his loving concern for mankind and all God´s creation, concertedly and resolutely promote respect for life and all necessary means for healing the climate and rescuing the planet.
Interpreted as an inspiring ecumenical challenge the commemoration of the 500-year anniversary of Lutheran reformation in this year of 2017 encourages the World Christian Community to aim for a paradigm-shifting reform to truly and responsibly treat and take care of God´s creation.
Normally the ‘Season of Creation’ is celebrated from Sept 1. to Oct 4 but now in Iceland it will be expanded until Oct 15.
During this period God´s Creation and the call of answerable stewardship will be the leading theme in the Sunday Church Services in Iceland and various church meetings and conferences will be held on the theme.
For special notification;
Sept 8 the Research Institute of Theology and the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Iceland will, in the premises of the National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik, arrange a Conference with the heading:
Impending Climate Threats and the Urgency of a New Church Reformation.
This conference will serve as a prelude to the two impressive and interrelated events that will culminate the celebrations in Iceland of the Season of Creation.
A World Council of Churches Conference on Just Peace with Earth
10-13 October 2017, Digranes-Church, Kópavogur, Iceland
The conference aims to: § Deepen ecumenical articulation of the concept of just peace with the Earth; § Discuss specific climate effects that threaten the survival of the Arctic and island populations in the Pacific, highlighting the role of climate change in inducing displacement and provoking resource-based conflicts; § Take stock of the WCC‘s Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace and ecumenical responses to the aforementioned challenges, and ponder new ecumenical initiatives to make peace with the Earth.
Arctic Circle Assembly
13-15 October 2017, Harpa Conference Centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
With WCC Key Note Speech, Panel & Sessions on Just Peace with the Earth, Climate Justice & Indigenous Spiritualities
The annual Arctic Circle Assembly (ACA) gathers around 2000 participants from close to 50 countries to dialogue on issues concerning the future of the Arctic. Ecumenical engagement in the ACA will focus on the following themes: § Just Peace with the Earth § Climate Justice – The Moral Imperative to Act. Faith Leaders in Dialogue with Science and Decision Makers. § Indigenous Spiritualities – A Gift for Transformation of the World (Arctic and Pacific Contributions)