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The Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN)

Caring for God's Creation: Called to be Stewards
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If you would like to find out more about the Episcopal Ecological Network, please click on the links below.
Contact information:

Episcopal Ecological Network
c/o C. Morello
1375 Residence Drive

Newark, OH 43055 USA
e-mail the EpEN Chair
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History of the EpEN

The Episcopal Ecological Network (EpEN) began in 1989 as an ad hoc committee of representatives from the Dioceses of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Newark, and Long Island to address environmental issues of the New York City metropolitan region. Initial planning was focused to have an impact on the 70th General Convention (1991) on the crucial importance of environmental stewardship in the work of our denomination.

As a result General Convention authorized the National Environmental Stewardship Team, which developed educational materials for the Episcopal Churches in the United States.

An informal group, then known as the Episcopal Environmental Coalition (EEC), continued to act as a complement to the National Environmental Stewardship Team.

Coordinated by a steering committee from eight Provinces of the Episcopal Church in the USA, the EEC spear-headed a growing network of dioceses and congregations which see environmental issues as central to spiritual concern. The EEC (now EpEN) had booths at every General Convention since 70th General Convention in Phoenix, AZ, in 1991 and the group has gained momentum and members ever since.

In 1996 the work of the EEC was continued under the umbrella of a national Ecojustice work group, which is joined with peace and justice ministries in an effort called the "Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation" network.

There was a summit meeting of this national network (now called the EpEN) in February 1997. Environmental resolutions concerning the impact of poor air quality, toxic dumping and water contamination in urban areas were drafted to be brought before the 72nd General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 1997.

In 2002, the EpEN met in Nashville, TN, and formally changed its name to Episcopal Ecological Network and established seven priority areas of concern to work on. Additional planning for the 74th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, MN (2003), was initiated. From the 74th General Convention, the EpEN expanded a small, nacient e-mail list to cover over 60 dioceses in the Episcopal Church.

In 2005, the EpEN decided to look at restructuring its leadership. An Executive Committee was constituted and tasked both to run the activities of the EpEN and to look at how to restructure the EpEN following the upcoming 75th General Convention (2006).

The EpEN was also present with a booth at the 75th General Convention, where the focus was on increasing participation on the e-mail list to build a stronger grassroots level of the network. Nearly 180 new names were added to the list. In 2007, the EpEN now reaches electronically into 99 of the 111 diocese of the Episcopal Church.

Over the years the history of the EpEN has included direct and indirect relationships with the national office of the Episcopal Church. The group has debated several times on whether to become more formally related to the structure of the Church or to maintain our separate existence.

This history of the EpEN has been compiled from various sources over the years. If you have questions, please contact the leadership.


The EpEN is a national network of active lay and clergy persons within the Episcopal Church, USA, who share a common concern for the environment and a common belief in the presence of God in all Creation and who work to make these concerns and beliefs known throughout all Provinces and Dioceses within the church.  Members come from around the Episcopal Church USA.  The activities of the EpEN are focused on the areas of Reflection, Education, and Action. 

If you would like to contact any of these groups or to find out more about the EpEN, please click on the links on the left.

last update: 2012-05-04

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