Oikonomia as a Model for the Church in Dealing with Ecological Problems in Indonesia

Title : OIKONOMIA AS A MODEL FOR THE CHURCH IN DEALING WITH ECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS IN INDONESIA
Author : Eliasar Timotius Chandra (CRCS, 2005)
Keywords : oikonomia, churches services, and environmental (ecological) problems.
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The objective of this study is to explain ecological crises and how the churches in general and the churches in Indonesia in particular have responded to environmental problems and Oikonomia as one of the church service models to environmental problems.

It is a qualitative and quantitative study because it not only analyzed documents on ecological problems from the existing literary resources related to subject being studied but also collected data from fields about the practices of churches and Christianity dealing with environmental problems.

The results showed environmental problems or ecological crises are serious problems faced by human beings today and are the responsibilities of all parties. Human beings as subjects of development often exploit natural resources excessively that resulted in ecological crises such as: air pollution, forest denudation, environmental pollution, etc.

Church as one of religious institutions has responsibility to keep environment conserve together with government and other institutions such as other religious institutions, NGOs, and so on.

The churches in Indonesia, especially the members of The Fellowship of Churches in Indonesian (PGI) have given attentions as their responses to environmental (ecological) problems in Indonesia through various forms of service and oikonomia. Oikonomia as a model of the church services was deemed appropriate to respond to ecological/environmental problems. Oikonomia is hoped to give positive contribution in dealing with environmental problems today.

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