"Eco-Theology, Climate Justice and Food Security" - launch of book and online collection
On Friday 9 September 2016, Dr Dietrich Werner* launched his new book ‘Eco-Theology, Climate Justice and Food Security - Resources and Theological Perspectives for Theological Education and Christian Leadership', co-edited together with Elisabeth Jeglitzka and published by Globethics Publications as the latest title in its Global series.
The book launch took place during the GlobeTheoLib Consortium Committee 2016 meeting that was held from 9-10 September in Geneva, Switzerland. The book launch was moderated by Globethics Publications Manager Dr Ignace Haaz.
Guests and participants attending the GlobeTheoLib Consortium welcomed the new book with great enthusiasm with its focus on eco-theology and food security and environmental and related social issues. "We are pleased to have here with us today, Dietrich Werner, an international expert in theological education and development. He will explain the design and implementation of the survey that was the starting point for this book and help us to discover how ecumenical theology serves to ‘ask the world the truth about the world'", said Dr Haaz in his introduction.
(Dr Dietrich Werner and Dr Ignace Haaz - copyright Globethics.net)
Dr Werner opened with the statement: "Since climate change and ecological destruction are getting more and more menacing for humanity, these global challenges should be also be reflected in theological education worldwide and in Christian leadership development." He continued, "We have been encouraged by the visionary and critical Encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si: ‘Environmental education should facilitate making the leap towards the transcendent which gives ecological ethics its deepest meaning. It needs educators capable of developing an ethics of ecology and helping people, through effective pedagogy, to grow in solidarity, responsibility and compassionate care'".
Dr Werner concluded his presentation with a challenge, "The agenda has not finished; now we have to work together and to be actively involved in initiatives to respond to environmental challenges. The book [Eco-Theology, Climate Justice and Food Security] gives rise to critical questions about educational and ecological transformation. This call for ecological transformation is vital for the churches to take seriously when they meet during the Reformation Jubilee in 2017".
The book includes the final report of a global survey on the activities of churches on the challenges and the solutions around ‘Eco-theology, Climate Justice and Food Security' issues from theological education, ecumenical formation and Christian leadership development perspectives. The online survey was conducted over 18 months with the help of Globethics.net, the World Council of Churches, Bread for the World and the United Evangelical Mission.
The book also features the proceedings of the follow-up consultation on ‘Resources and Best Practice Models for Ecotheology, Climate Justice and Food Security' what was held at the Volos Academy in Greece in March 2015.
- Read the book: ‘Eco-Theology, Climate Justice and Food Security - Resources and Theological Perspectives for Theological Education and Christian Leadership' (PDF)
Please note that until 15 October 2016, you can buy the print version with a 30% discount by clicking here (Click on "Add to Cart" and enter the discount code RUU4MKBY).
- Pictures of the book launch
Following the book launch the new ‘Ecotheology Climate Justice and Food Security' online collection was presented by Andreas Waldvogel, Programme Executive Online Library at Globethics.net: "We have harvested more than 79,000 documents from public open access sources on this theme from all faith traditions. Also materials can be found from the Volos conference 2016. It has become a large repository and point of reference for documentation on these topics."
*About our author
Dietrich Werner, Rev. Prof. Dr Dr h.c. is a Senior Advisor in Theology, Ecumenical Education and Research at Bread for the World, and former Director of Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE) of the World Council of Churches.