Johannesburg Anglican Environmental Initiative (JAEI)
The Johannesburg Anglican Environmental Initiative (JAEI) is a formal body of the Diocese of Johannesburg, seeking to meet the challenges being faced by this generation with regards to the environment. We believe it is God's will that we look after this precious planet we call home.
The JAEI has been formed to:
- Create an awareness among Johannesburg Anglican Christians of environmental concerns
- Encourage parish environmental projects
- Develop the concept of the eco-congregation among parishes
- Network widely with all groups concerned with sustainable development and environmental issues
- Be a resource to the Christian community in terms of environmental issues
- Encourage environmental education
- Develop position papers on major environmental issues to serve as guidelines for theological reflection and diocesan advocacy
JAEI Steering Group
At present JAEI consists of a steering group and several portfolios such as Eco-Congregations, theology and ethics, Eco-Breakfasts and Spirituality and Liturgy.
The advisor and consultative group consists of a network of associate and permanent members representing various fields of expertise and experience in environmental matters.
Many groups, parishes and individuals within the diocese are already involved in environmental projects e.g. peace gardens, organic farming, use of environmental liturgies, interest groups and outings, waste management and energy saving practices. JAEI would like to be both a further resource to some of the projects and also a network hub where people can share their projects with others.
In order to develop a long term and sustainable approach to the eco-congregation concept in the diocese, JAEI is approaching several parishes to be a part of an initial pilot project. St Michael's is one of these parishes. Download and read the JAEI's Route Map for Eco-Congregations here (PDF).
Internationally the eco-congregation concept is an ecumenical environmental project providing free resources and support to churches. Their resources are available to member churches online. Locally, Kate Davies has produced a booklet called Creation Care, to assist faith communities engage with environmental issues.
Read more about St Michael's as an Eco-Congregation here.
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