An Orthodox View of the Ecological Crisis
9. Ecology and Ecumene.
The Orthodox Church looks upοn the Ecology and the Ecumene as related: both words in Greek have as a common component: the word «oikos» (home). Generally speaking, Ecology is that science which deals with man's natural environment. Ecumene in its original sense refers to the land inhabited by man.
Ι think that the various churches and denominations, whicli co-operate in the WCC, have to reexamine their teaching and preaching, their worship and their activities in regard to man's relationship to the natural world from the macro-ecological view-point. Subjects like Triune God and Ecology, Original Sin and Ecology, Salvation and Ecology and the human mind, Ecology and Divine vs. Political Economy, Christology and Ecology, Ascetic Spirit and Ecology, Worship and Ecology, Ecumene and Ecology await further study and can greatly contribute to the solution of the Ecological Problem.