International and ecumenical conference "Ecology of the Spirit" May 13, 2023
Organizers: Riga Higher Institute of Religious Sciences (RARZI), Riga Theological Institute and Luther Acaademy. Venue: Plenary session – RARZI Old chapel conference hall (Katoļu street 16a), work in sections - RARZI auditoriums (Katoļu street 18). Conference languages – Latvian/English, English/Latvian.
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Today, humanity is facing the challenges of the ecological crisis. Practical solutions are being sought together, but it is even more important to transform the way of thinking and the general attitude towards nature in order to begin to see in it the common home of humanity. Humanity's behavior must be radically changed immediately: it could also be called a general ecological return. Scientific discoveries, achievements in the field of modern technologies, economic success without real growth in the social and moral sphere, will eventually turn against man. We can ask ourselves: What could be the contribution of Christianity in protecting an authentic human ecology and its moral conditions? How does the human ability to transform reality relate to the ecology of the spirit? What are the causes of the destruction of nature and what is their relationship with the culture that determines the everyday life of people? Finally, what are the possible explanations for the concept of 'ecology of the spirit'? Perhaps we can express its content in this way - spiritual ecology is the attitude towards the eco-environment and nature as a whole determined by spiritual (religious) values.
The Christian faith has a lot to say in matters of environment and ecology:
2. The ecology of the Christian spirit proclaims that the world was created with and through the Word - Christ (Heb 1, 2). Even more: All things were created through Him and for Him (Col 1, 16), i.e. we are created for Christ: we are His work, created in Christ Jesus to do good works (Eph 2, 10). The message of salvation applies not only to human beings, but also to all creation, which, because of human sins, has been groaning to the present time (Rom 8, 22), but one day will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God (Rom 8, 21).