Living Sufficiently and Sustainably: NIFEA E-Conference on “De-growth”

 Photo: Marcelo Schneider/WCC
Photo: Marcelo Schneider/WCC


How do we address the contradictions between modern society’s obsession with limitless economic growth and the ecological limits of our unique planetary home? Are there models of good life that meet the needs of all people, sharing wealth and power, whilst nurturing the environment? What resources do we have and what strategies can we employ as faith communities to empower a just and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a transition from a growth-oriented, extractivist economic paradigm to a life-affirming economy where all of God’s creation can flourish?

The NIFEA E-conference takes the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as a vital backdrop for reflection and discussions. It seeks to develop a short ecumenical message directed to the G20 Leaders’ Summit taking place in Rome from 30-31 October 2021 on the theme of “People, Planet and Prosperity”.

Session 1, 10:00 - 12:00


  • Dr Rogate Mshana, moderator (Tanzania, Oikotree)


  • Lemaima Jennifer Vai’i (Fiji, Pacific Conference of Churches)
  • Dr George Zachariah (India and New Zealand, Trinity College)
  • Dr Martin Kopp (France, Federation of Protestant Churches in France)
  • Prof. Lalrindiki Ralte (India, Aizawl Theological College)
  • Rosario Guzman (Philippines, Ibon Foundation)

Summary of the discussion:

  • Rev. Dr Peter Cruchley (CWM), Rev Dr Sivin Kit (LWF), Rev Philip Peacock (WCRC), Athena Peralta (WCC), and Bishop Rosemarie Wenner (WMC)

Session 2, 14:00 - 16:00


  • Rev. Dr Gordon Cowans, moderator (Jamaica, Ecumenical Panel on a NIFEA)


  • Rev. Chebon Kernell (USA, Native American Comprehensive Plan, United Methodist Church
  • Dr Arnie Saiki (USA-Hawaii, Imipono Projects)
  • Dr Fundiswa Kobo (South Africa, University of South Africa)
  • Dr Priya Lukka (UK, Goldsmith University)
  • Rev. Rozemarijn van't Einde (Netherlands, De Klimaatwakers)

Summary of the discussion:

  • Rev Dr Peter Cruchley (CWM), Rev Dr Sivin Kit (LWF), Rev Philip Peacock (WCRC), Athena Peralta (WCC), and Bishop Rosemarie Wenner (WMC)

Interpretation into Spanish will be available for this session.


  • World Council of Churches
  • World Communion of Reformed Churches
  • The Lutheran World Federation
  • World Methodist Council
  • Council for World Mission

Registration for Session 1

Registration for Session 2

Open to All
10:00 AM GMT+02:00
01 October 2021
4:00 PM GMT+02:00
01 October 2021


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