Vol 22 No 3 2015

Ecumenism and Ecology

Anthony J. Kelly

Abstract

In anticipation of Pope Francis's forthcoming encyclical on ecology, this article points to the ecumenical significance of an ecological conversion as integral to the Christian vocation and the promotion of an authentic catholicity. Etymologically speaking, a "religious" commitment intrinsically brings together spiritual and ecologically concerns, and inspires new choices in our moral conduct. In ecumenical terms, among the many possible topics, those of creation, Trinity and Eucharist suggest broad and deep dimensions of ecological vision and commitment for the churches that can continue to grow.