Faith-Based Sustainability in Practice

Cases Studies from Kenya

Authors

  • Joanne M. Moyer University of Manitoba

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jsrnc.v9i1.17758

Keywords:

sustainability, Christianity, faith-based organizations, Kenya

Abstract

The enduring problems of poverty and environmental degradation demand new resources for advancing sustainability. Faith-based approaches and learning present two potential avenues. Archival research, interviews, and participant observation conducted with two faith-based organizations in Kenya engaged in sustainability work provide empirical evidence of how faith and sustainability can intersect in practice. A Rocha Kenya, a Christian conservation organization, focuses on bird and forest habitats and community conservation, and the Rural Service Programme delivers rural development programs for the Quaker church. Pro?les illustrate the interaction between the faith convictions of the organizations and their members, their organizational culture and structure, their work, and learning for sustainability that emerges. Findings reveal that their sustainability work is undergirded by integrated and holistic approaches and their faith-based motivations and values. Characteristics that contribute to learning include commitment to building and sharing knowledge, a strong management structure, and diversity within the organizational culture.

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Bhagwat, Shonil A., Alison A. Ormsby, and Claudia Rutte. 2011. ‘The Role of Religion in Linking Conservation and Development: Challenges and Opportunities’, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 5.1: 39-60.

Bouma-Prediger, Steven. 2010. For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2nd edn).

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Published

2015-05-18

How to Cite

Moyer, J. M. (2015). Faith-Based Sustainability in Practice: Cases Studies from Kenya. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 9(1), 42–67. https://doi.org/10.1558/jsrnc.v9i1.17758

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