A World Summit on the Church and the Environment

Some 50 theologians and educators—including three representatives from the Eastern Diocese—gathered in Istanbul on June 1-3, for the third “Halki Summit on the Environment” organized by His All-Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch.

Under the theme “Theological Formation and Ecological Awareness,” the conference explored the “eco-theology” developed by various Christian denominations over the past 30 years. Much of this “Christian Environmentalism” has been supported by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, known as the “Green Patriarch” for his emphasis on such issues.

This year’s Halki Summit concentrated on the role of education in nurturing and inculcating attitudes of stewardship and care of all God’s creation. Representatives of seminaries—including St. Nersess Armenian Seminary—private universities, and monasteries were all present. (Click here to read more about the Halki summit.)

St. Nersess Seminary dean Fr. Mardiros Chevian and recent graduate Dn. Alex Calikyan attended the summit and had an opportunity to speak with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. (Click here to read more on the St. Nersess website.)

From the Eastern Diocese’s Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, director Dr. Christopher Sheklian also participated in the Halki summit. In a recent post on the Diocese’s Vemkar ministries website, Dr. Sheklian gives thoughtful consideration to Armenian spiritual resources that address the human responsibility for God‘s creation. Click here to read it.

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