Care for creation and fair and equitable use of the earth’s resources are central to Reformed church theology and justice programming. We are one of the founding organisations of Oikotree, along with the Council for World Mission and the World Council of Churches.
Oikotree is a network of churches, ecumenical and civil society organizations, and people’s movements from around the globe that focuses on ecological concerns. It is open to people of all faiths seeking to identify and oppose economic injustice and ecological destruction.
While we struggle for justice with people’s movements and other organizations, the issue of ‘land’ has emerged as a crucial factor in the destruction of creation itself, with all its beings. Therefore, at the 2013 Oikotree Global Forum the movement decided to develop a thorough theological reflection on the issue of Land.
The Oikotree Transformative Theology Working Group, one of the five working groups in the Oikotree Movement, has prepared these materials as a resource for churches, other faith communities and social movements in their response to the economic and ecological crises facing the earth, her peoples and all her beings.
It is time to move beyond confession, take responsibility and act in solidarity with the people who continue to lose their land, suffer, and die at the hands of colluding governments, corporations and paramilitaries.
One of clear awarenesses coming from Oikotree movement is that a new epistemology and methodology for theological thinking and theological education/training is urgently needed for churches and theology in order to respond to the enormous challenges of the contemporary life-annihilating human “civilization” manifested in economic injustice, ecological destruction, the threat of Empire and the escalation of religious conflicts today.
Today, therefore, is the time when a new Life-enhancing culture needs to be explored, reflected and lived out based on those relational, organic and reciprocal concepts like Ubuntu, Sangsaeng, Sumak Kawsay, etc.
This is a collection of the papers contributed as brainstorming voices from various regions to the Oikotree Workshop on Transformative Education in February 2015 in Matanzas, Cuba. It is our hope that this book is used as one of the stepping stones by which more resources in various forms, including the arts and actions as well as written, will be generated.