Green Christians tackle sustainable development
The fourth Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) has kicked off at Volos in Greece.
This Assembly provides an opportunity for Christians working on environmental questions from across Europe to come together, to share insights, hear the latest developments, and plan environmental initiatives.
Two main themes of this years assembly are sustainable development, particularly the implications of the 2002 World Summit in Johannesburg, and the role of water.
The issues are being flagged up as "two vital questions which are facing the churches of Europe and all of European society".
ECEN aims to enable the churches of Europe and Christian groups involved in environmental work to share information, pool common experiences and encourage Christians to be a united witness to caring for God's creation.
The organisation was set up on 24 October 1998 at a meeting of environmental representatives from 26 countries at Vilemov in the Czech Republic. The network embraces a wide variety of church traditions and an equally broad range of environmental work.
This includes policy issues like climate change, transport or genetic engineering, practical action in local Agenda 21, promoting an awareness of God's creation in worship and liturgy