Oikotree is an ecumenical space open to people of all faiths in which a movement of those seeking to live faithfully in the midst of economic injustice and ecological destruction can take shape. Along with the Accra Confession, it is developed from the vision of a justice movement to transform ourselves and the world according to God’s purposes and promises.
Sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Council for World Mission (CWM), and the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC). Oikotree is opened to individuals, local churches and faith communities, people’s movements and all who share our concern for justice and the healing of the nations.
What is OIKOTREE Movement?
The Oikotree is a movement of Movements that are struggling against neo-liberal economic, political and social policies that are destroying the dignity of the people and the Earth.
How started? (How has it started?)
The OIKOTREE movement was generated in the justice and peace work of the World Council of Churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches, and the Council for World Mission.
What would OIKOTREE mean?
The term ‘Oikotree’ is derived from two biblical terms: Oikos and the Tree of Life (Revelation 22.1-2). Oikos means home, house, dwelling place, God’s dwelling place, all of God’s creation, and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations, and can be found in the spiritual traditions of many indigenous peoples and other faith traditions.
Who are involved in the Oikotree Movement?
- The Integrated Rural Development of Weakers Sections in India(WIDA), India
- Urban Community Mission Jakarta, Indonesia
- Oikos Theological Movement, Korea
- Institute Alternative Policies for the Southern Cone of Latin America(PACS), Brazil
- The Caiua Mission in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
- Martin Luther King Center, Cuba
- Alternative Tourism Group, Palestine
- Kairos Europa, Germany
- Network of Liberation Theology, Germany
- Ecumenical Academy Prague, Czech Republic
- Tanzania Gender Networking Programme(TGNP), Tanzania
- Zambia Oikotree Group, Zambia
- Eco Life Centre, Tanzania
- Columbia Justice for Life, Columbia
- Ecumenical Service for Socioeconomic Transformation (ESSET), South Africa
- Pacific Oikotree Strategy Working Committee (POSWC)
- United Evangelical Mission(UEM)
- North American Covenanting for Justice Group
- Peace for Life
What are the major global activities?
Local activities – Member movements keep working in their local context on local agenda.
Global activities – as follows:
- Inception Consultation (Kuala Lumpur, 2006)
- Launching Event (Manila, 2008)
- The 1st Global Forum, Arnoldshein, 2010
- OIKOTREE Contribution to the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (Kingston, 2011)
- OIKOTREE Contribution to WCC “Affirmation on Mission and Evangelism” (Manila, 2012)
- The 2nd Global Forum (Johannesburg, 2013)
- Transformative Education workshop (Matanzas, 2015)
How does the OIKOTREE work?
- Transformative Theology Working Group
- Listen to the Land! Responding to Cries for Life
- Transformative Education Working Group
- Life-Enhancing Learning Together
- The Joint Struggles Working Group
- Joining Orissa people’s struggle against the POSCO
- Life Enhancing Agriculture Working Group
- Research and Analysis Working Group
- Networking and Communication Working Group
- Resource Mobilization Working Group
What are the future work of OIKOTREE?
Study process on Empire
- Peace Building in Colombia
- Life-Enhancing Learning Together (LELT) program