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Eco-Theology and Environmental Leadership in Orthodox and Evangelical Perspectives in Russia and Ukraine

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Center for Leadership Research, Hodos Institute, Mukilteo, WA 98275, USA
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Theology and Leadership Research Unit, Hodos Institute, 08200 Irpin, Ukraine
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Academic Editors: Bradley Nassif and Tim Grass
Religions 2021, 12(5), 305; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050305
Received: 18 March 2021 / Revised: 23 April 2021 / Accepted: 25 April 2021 / Published: 27 April 2021
Environmental leadership and eco-theology have not been a priority for Evangelical and Orthodox Christians in the countries of the former Soviet Union (particularly, Ukraine and Russia) due to various historical, political, social, and theological reasons. However, contemporary environmental global challenges suggest that both Orthodox and Evangelical Christians should revisit their perspectives and efforts related to responsible stewardship by humankind of the earth and its life forms. This article presents the analysis of multiple forms of data (relevant Orthodox and Evangelical documents, specialized literature, and individual interviews/focus groups). We conducted individual interviews and focus groups with 101 Evangelical and 50 Orthodox Christians from Russia and Ukraine. Although the majority of interviewees agreed that the ecological crisis exists and should be addressed, only some of them admitted that they actively care for creation. While Orthodox Christians are more active in practical care for creation, Evangelicals have a stronger grasp of the biblical teaching concerning nature and humans’ responsibility for it. We argue that Evangelical and Orthodox Churches in Ukraine and Russia can learn from each other and impact their communities: engage minds, touch hearts, feed souls, and respond to environmental challenges as an expression of their faith and leadership. View Full-Text
Keywords: Orthodox; Evangelicals; ecology; creation care; leadership; Russia; Ukraine Orthodox; Evangelicals; ecology; creation care; leadership; Russia; Ukraine
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Negrov, A.; Malov, A. Eco-Theology and Environmental Leadership in Orthodox and Evangelical Perspectives in Russia and Ukraine. Religions 2021, 12, 305. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050305

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Negrov A, Malov A. Eco-Theology and Environmental Leadership in Orthodox and Evangelical Perspectives in Russia and Ukraine. Religions. 2021; 12(5):305. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050305

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Negrov, Alexander, and Alexander Malov. 2021. "Eco-Theology and Environmental Leadership in Orthodox and Evangelical Perspectives in Russia and Ukraine" Religions 12, no. 5: 305. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050305

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