We have reported periodically on the Oikos Network – a partnership initiative to provide creation care leaders around the world with mentor- and peer-support.
We are told that after a small pilot project last year, the 2022 cohorts have launched with 45 participants in 9 groups. Twenty-three countries are represented: Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Canada, US, Australia, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Switzerland, Laos, Zambia, Egypt, India, Thailand, Nepal, Argentina, Malawi, Germany, and Nederland.
Oikos is the result of a partnership between A Rocha, the Anglican Alliance, LWCCN, the Renew Our World Campaign and is hosted by Tearfund.
Here is a description of the program:
The Oikos Network is a space to build friendships with like-minded people from across the globe through online peer-support groups and events.
Together, you can voice your frustrations, celebrate your successes and learn how to effectively influence the church and your wider community in the vital area of whole creation care.
How it works
Once you sign up to join an online group, you’ll be matched with four other people from different countries. The Oikos Network will provide a facilitator for the group and resources to guide your discussions.
You’ll need to commit to meeting once a month for six months for one and a half hours each time. It’s completely free to take part, but you will need to have a good internet connection.
At the end of the six months, you can choose to continue meeting with your group or leave at that point.
The groups are run twice a year from September and May.
Registration is now open for groups starting in May 2023.
For more information, check this page. (Note that the registration form does not appear to be working, but we’re sure they’ll get that fixed soon enough!)