This post comes at the relationship between EcoEcclesia and OccupyTheology from opposite sides from the previous post. Â In the previous post, Â I reflected a bit upon why the Climate movement is like the Occupy movement, Â springing from similar and related sets of causes (the oligarchy’s continuous drive to further consolidate power and economic stranglehold. Â From another angle, Â OccupyTheology is done as an exercise that seeks to identify questions that need to be posed to our theology that require a rethinking and reorientation, Â and hopefully, Â a RECOVERY of theological narrative that is up to the task of challenging the status quo which has constructed the unjust systems under which we now find ourselves. Â With the growing Climate Crisis, Â OccupyTheology needs an alternative branding to reflect the centrality of the EcoCrisis, Â so I have added the identifier, EcoEcclesia, Â to bring that out into the open as a place to begin and from which to operate.
EcoEcclesia clearly is an effort to highlight the “Ecologically-Centered” Church. Â The root word for both ecology and ecclesia is the oikos, Â or household (as it is also for the word “economy”, Â or our “science” of keeping the household of human community “in order”; Â the housekeeping required to attend to the smooth functioning of the community. Â So EcoEcclesia, Â in its close relationship to OccuyTheology, Â recognizes the “Economic” as an integral player in this work of seeking to renew our household.