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Integrity of Creation An Ecumenical Discussion - Recommendations - I. - We invite all Churches and Christians to reflect on the integrity of creation and to express their faith in concrete commitments to work for the integrity of creation.

In so doing, we will discover ways of confessing our faith together that are both timely and faithful to our best traditions. At the same time, we also need to work with peoples of other faiths and ideologies so that we may strive together for a world where the integrity of creation, justice and peace will be visible.

For the churches, this would involve among others:

  • an analysis of the structures of sin that are evident in their own society and in the world so that we concentrate on structural changes and influence decisions in the field of public policy making.
  • an integration of environmental concerns into church educational programs and curricula in the areas of formal and non-formal education.
  • to establish commissions or committees in the churches and councils of churches to deal with the concern for the integrity of creation and pay special attention to the issues raised by science and technology.

In particular, we ask the women in each church to identify those structures of sin that exploit nature and oppress women and other marginalized groups in their societies and to work for justice and the liberation of creation.

We also request that women in the churches make these issues a priority during the Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women and that they share information on actions taken with the JPIC process and the WCC office in Geneva.

We request the churches to inform themselves intentionally about the issues of Indigenous Peoples. This process must include extensive dialogue with the Indigenous Peoples themselves so that the churches participate fully in the struggles of Indigenous Peoples.

The efforts of the churches to be actively engaged in exposing the ideologies of profit and exploitation that undergird modern Western science and technology would be an important part of the churches' solidarity with Indigenous Peoples.

In identifying issues in each local context and cultural situation and in working out appropriate responses and forms of action to defend the integrity of creation, the churches must be ready to take risks.


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