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Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN)


Abstract Composed of both individuals and organizations, the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) is a non-denominational Christian organization dedicated to creation-care. Through its publications and outreach projects, EEN aims to provide resources and support for Christian people, churches, and organizations concerned about pollution and environmental degradation. This evangelical environmental ministry approaches ecological issues from a biblical perspective and works with a wide array of Christian organizations to realize care for creation. EEN provides a number of resources for biblically-based environmentalism, including a guiding statement signed by nearly 500 evangelical leaders, Evangelical Declaration on the Care of Creation, and the quarterly Creation Care magazine. For the past decade, EEN has provided evangelical creation-care resources—such as congregational resource kits, sample sermons, mission manuals, devotional literature, and Christian camping information—to more than 35,000 churches. Working with evangelical seminaries and universities, EEN has sponsored leadership development initiatives in the areas of Christian environmental stewardship in the United States and abroad. In addition to organizing major conferences on creation-care from an evangelical perspective, EEN has supported local eco-justice initiatives, most notably in Mexico and Los Angeles. Specific campaigns, such as “What Would Jesus Drive?” and “Healthy Families, Healthy Environment,” focus on the implications of lifestyle choices. Linking Christian pop culture with creation-care, EEN has established the “Creation Festival Recycling Program” to encourage environmentalism at the largest evangelical rock festival in the United States. EEN is funded by member contributions; its major projects are made possible by grants from philanthropic organizations.
Religion Christianity
Geographic Location North America
Duration of Project 1993–Present
History

Perceiving a need for an organized, continuous and collaborative effort to educate evangelicals about the biblical mandate to care for God’s creation, Ron Sider of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) and Robert Sieple (former president of World Vision) founded the Evangelical Environmental Network in 1993. Established in order to provide a basis of connection and support for individuals and organizations committed to biblically-based environmentalism, EEN has now grown to include twenty-three partner organizations. In 1995–1996, EEN helped to facilitate a collaborative discussion about environmental stewardship with the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities and gathered representatives from seven prominent evangelical seminaries to discuss the implementation of earth-care training in institutions of higher and religious education. In 1998, it helped to organize an American Scientific Affiliation conference about evangelicalism and environmental science. The following year, EEN helped coordinate the first conference on creation-care sponsored by the National Association of Evangelicals. The Healthy Families, Healthy Environment campaign and the Creation Care Recycling Program were initiated in 2001, and EEN launched the “What Would Jesus Drive” campaign in 2002. Although it has been functioning under the Board of Directors for Evangelicals for Social Action since its founding, EEN is currently in the process of becoming an independent 501(c)(3) organization with its own Board.

Mission Statement The Environmental Network is a fellowship of believers who declare the Lordship of Christ over all creation.
Partner Organizations The American Scientific Affiliation
Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations
Au Sable Institute
Baptist General Convention of Texas
Christian Camping International
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Evangelicals for Social Action
Floresta
Habitat for Humanity International
International Bible Society
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches
Marah International
MAP International
The Mission Society for United Methodists
Mission Training International
National Association of Evangelicals
Restoring Eden
TargetEarth
World Vision
World Relief
Youth With a Mission
Zhaniser Institute
Long-Term Goals None Listed
Bibliography None Listed
Additional Research Resources None Listed
Contact Information

Evangelical Environmental Network
10 E. Lancaster Ave.
Wynnewood, PA 19096-3495
Ph:       202.554.1955
             800.650.6600 (for materials)
Email: (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Other EEN Initiatives
Healthy Families Now

Recent EEN Campaign
What Would Jesus Drive?