All Brest citizens are used to the Mukhavets River flowing through their city but not everyone can answer the question of where the river falls. Mukhavets falls into the Western Bug which flows further through Poland where it falls into the Vistula. In turn, the Vistula falls into the Baltic Sea near Gdansk. Therefore, it is quite possible to say that “the Baltic starts here”, i.e. in Belarus, and "The Road of Life" trail indicates to all visitors that the environmental problems of Belarus and the Baltic Sea are linked: what falls into rivers in our country also ends up in the Baltic Sea. So, the ecological purity of the sea itself also depends on whether the region around the Baltic Sea is ecologically clean. About 30 information stands have been installed along 5 km of the ecologi
On the first Sunday of September, the day determined by the Church for intense prayer for God's creation, we talk with the director of the Center for Environmental Solutions, head of the Working Group on Cooperation between the Belarusian Orthodox Church and the Ministry of Natural Resources of Belarus Eugeniy Lobanov. Eugeniy discusses how environmental initiatives are applicable in the Church, what the annual prayer for the Earth gives and what each of us can do. "An increasing number of Christians began to understand that ecology is their area of responsibility". The Day of Prayer for God's Creation was officially established in Russian Orthodox Church on the first Sunday of September not so long ago - in 2015. However, this day within the framework of the youth movement began to
On the 26th of September a seminar dedicated to the day of prayer for God's creation was held on the basis of the church of the Holy Spirit in Bobruisk. The organizers were the Department of Youth Affairs of the Bobruisk Diocese and the Center for Environmental Solutions within the framework of the program “Church and Environment”. “In the tradition of the Church Saturday is a day of rest and special prayer for the creation of God, it is on this day that we invite you to take part in an ecological meeting - to talk and do something useful for our Earth,” proclaimed the announcement of the event, which was attended by about 20 people: youth and parishioners of the church of the Holy Spirit in Bobruisk, teachers of Sunday schools, including those from neighboring towns, teachers and student
On the 19th of September, 2020 an ecological trail "Through the creation to the Creator" was opened on the territory of the Monastery of St. Eliseus of Lauryshava. The trail was created thanks to the joint efforts of the monastery and the direction "Church and Environment" of the Center for Environmental Solutions and with the support of the working group of the Belarusian Orthodox Church on cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and within the framework of the Program of Cooperation between the Belarusian Orthodox Church and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus. The presentation of the trail was timed to celebrating of the period of prayer for God's creation, which in the Orthodox Church falls on the September days. The...
With the blessing of Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Venjamin on the 6th of September at the parish in honor of St. Nicholas of Japan in Minsk a prayer service dedicated to the Day of Prayer for God's Creation was held. Traditionally it is held by the Orthodox Church on the first Sunday of September. After the prayer service, the Archpriest Pavel Serdyuk drew the attention of the parishioners to the fact that “today, with the blessing of the Church, a prayer is being performed for the creation of God. We hear the words of apostle Paul that the whole world around us suffers, waiting for the revelation of humans. The world was created for us, humans, and handed over to us and we all now see this measure of the disorder of the world, of the disorder of man and society. Creation groans
On February, 26, IBB Minsk hosted an educational seminar “The Spiritual Development of Belarusian Society in the Context of Social Justice”. The seminar was organized as a part of an interreligious working group at the Minsk International Educational Center in the name of Johanes Rau (IBB Minsk). In addition to discussing the social work experience in religious communities, participants outlined the topic of the next seminar, which will be held in May 2020 and will be devoted to the contribution of Belarusian religious communities to solving environmental problems within the framework of sustainable development. Sergey Yushkevich, the head of the “Church and Environment” department of the Center for environmental solutions, told the participants about the idea of creating a walking ecol
Many probably know about one of the most popular hiking routes in Europe, the so-called Camino de Santiago, or the “Way of St. James”, leading to the Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela. This route starts in different countries, therefore it has a different length (200-800 km). You can find such kind of hiking routes not dependent on the landscape in several countries of the world, for example, the route along the Curonian Spit in Lithuania, the routes in the Tatra Mountains in Poland, along the Lake Balaton in Hungary, hiking routes along the Bavarian Range in Germany, etc. In Belarus we also have quite a lot of marked cycling and automobile routes passing through various cultural sights. However, in our country there are hardly known marked hiking routes through natural areas whe
A special infrastructure for bicycles appears on church parishes in Belarus. On the parish of st. Nicolaus of Japan in Minsk was installed a first public bike repair station. The parish is trying to be ecologically friendly and motivate parishioners to come to the service on bikes. Other parishes in Belarus will be also equipped with bicycle infrastructure until the end of 2019. For example, Lutheran parish in Grodno will have a bicycle parking, one more bike parking will be installed on the territory of Orthodox church in Bobruisk and Lauryshava Monastery. All church communities applied for such infrastructure in frame of the international project “Development of urban cycling for public benefit in Belarus”. The project is being implemented by Center for environmental solutions and
The representatives of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) visited Belarus from September 29 to October 2, 2019. The visit was organized by the invitation of the Church and Environmental Protection Department of the Center for Environmental Solutions. The group consisted of the ECEN Secretary Rev. Dr Peter Pavlovic and the ECEN moderator Per Ivar Vaje from the Church of Norway. During the visit they learnt about various environmental projects carried out by the Center for Environmental Solutions that cooperates closely with the Belarusian Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church as well as with the Protestant churches in the country. The group participated in the discussions on the role of churches in ecological issues that took place with students of the Institute of ...
The School of Youth Ministry was held in Vilnius on 1-4 July, 2019. It was not the first Youth Ministry School for the Department of Youth Affairs of the Vilna-Lithuanian Diocese, however this one was unique because of the close cooperation with the ‘Church and Environmental Protection’ Department of the Center for Environmental Solutions from Minsk, Belarus. It was also a beginning of church and ecology twinning project between Belarus and Lithuania and was possible thanks to support of Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (Heidelberg, Germany) and contacts that were established during ECEN meetings. Nearly 50 School participants aged 17–30 years representing Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Belarus have actively participated in events organized by the ‘Church and En