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World Council of Churches

Poverty, wealth and ecology: impact of economic globalization

Taken from http://www.oikoumene.org/en/what-we-do/poverty-wealth-and-ecology

Through economic globalization, the structures of trade and finance are increasingly widening the gap between the rich and the poor, posing threats to global peace and to the earth.

At the 2006 WCC assembly in Porto Alegre, it was evident that there are divergent ways of analyzing and acting on this reality; there is hope that the WCC may be able to develop a new paradigm that draws different positions on this question together.

This project encourages churches to explore and advocate for alternatives to economic globalization. It is an attempt to bring churches and ecumenical partners from North, South, East and West together to reflect and act together on finding new and creative ways to use global wealth to eradicate poverty. It encourages them to create new synergies between different standpoints on poverty, wealth, and ecology.

In the context of the AGAPE (Alternative to Economic Globalization Addressing Peoples and Earth) process that began before 2006, the project will follow up work with ecumenical partners, focussing on issues such as just trade, debt cancellation, financial markets, tax evasion, public goods and services, livelihoods and decent jobs, life-giving agriculture, power and empire, and ecological debt.

While many studies have provided information on people in poverty, little is known about the rich. The churches will be challenged to develop a "consumption and greed line" alongside the "poverty line" as a guideline for Christians.

A case study and workshop methodology will bring together experiences of churches regionally and globally. Churches will be encouraged to bring their stories and actions on how they deal with poverty and wealth to regional workshops. Seminars will be organized at the World Social Forum. Encounters raising issues of poverty, wealth and ecology will continue with the WB and the IMF.

Persons responsible for economic justice in the churches or those addressing issues of poverty and wealth will be identified so as to form a creative and active network, and a reference group will include representatives of those working on ecological debt, women, youth, Indigenous Peoples and people with disabilities.

Read the Indigenous Statement from the Asia Pacific Consultations:  
pdf AP Indigenous Peoples Hearing on PWE Statement (26 KB)

NATSIEC Relationship with the Christian Conference of Asia

NATSIEC has a close relationship with the Christian Conference of Asia which was cemented in 2002 with a conference for Indigenous peoples from around the world in Cairns, QLD.

Statement of the Consultation on Journeying Together with Indigenous Peoples in Their Search for Life (being updated).

Cairns, Australia, 28th September to 6th October 2002

NATSIEC also attends other relevant International meetings

Asian Indigenous/Dalit Women Overcoming Violence

September 8-14, 2003, Chiang Mai Thailand

This conference held in 2003 was attended by NATSIEC Commissioner Joan Hendriks.

pdf Reclaiming our Right to Wholeness (21 KB)