About us:

Interreligious and environmental civil forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF) created by 36 representatives of secular and religious institutions in Eastern Europe as a result of the international scientific conference “The Church and Society for the preservation of the environment in Eastern Europe: the protection of creation” (07-09.10.2016 Uzhgorod). The purpose of the forum is the exchange of information, experiences and joint actions in the environmental field between the churches and environmental organizations for the benefit and assistance to care for God’s creation.

Forum aims to promote the development of environmental programs and church projects, religious organizations and civil society on the basis of biblical, theological and other spiritual starting points for finding and applying the principles of sustainability in relation to one’s neighbor, taking into account our responsibility for future generations and for all of God’s creation – nature.

 

Our team:

Mykhailo Bilanych

Mykhailo Bilanych

Expert
• Analysis of ecological views of the main Christian denominations.
• Preparation of popular science publications on environmental protection issues (ecological and church calendars, prayer books, works on Christian environmental ethics).
• Conducting eco-educational classes with children and youth.
Oleksandr Bokotey

Oleksandr Bokotey

Coordinator of international relations
• Planning of the organization's strategic activities.
• Communication with Ukrainian and foreign partners.
• General management of the organization.
Marta Mykhailets

Marta Mykhailets

Expert in the development of eco-educational methods, trainer
• Leads and develops the movement (community) of women for environmental protection and Responsibility for Creation - Nature in the Carpathian region.
• Development of eco-educational materials for working with children.
• Conducting eco-educational classes with children.
Nataliya Kulya

Nataliya Kulya

Project coordinator, expert in the implementation of cross-border and international projects
• Control over the implementation of projects.
• Coordination of work between project participants.
• Maintenance of project documentation.
• Reporting on projects to the grantors.
• Participation in project activities.
• Control over the preparation of project products.
• Informational and consulting support for project participants.
• Presentation of the team's work at international conferences and forums.
Matthew Temple

Matthew Temple

Genetic scientist, monk of the Carmelite order, teacher at Nazareth College (Rochester, USA), head of the climate protection committee
• Management of the climate protection committee
• Preparation of materials on Christian environmental ethics.
Polina Zabolotna

Polina Zabolotna

Trainee journalist
• Creation of materials for websites and social networks
• Video and photo recording of events held by the organization
• Communication with media representatives
• Participation in the organization of CA events (trainings, round tables, conferences).
Bohdan Motuzenko

Bohdan Motuzenko

Sociologist, analyst
• Development of qualitative research methods, strategic analytics and social design.
• Development of social projects, interdisciplinary and humanitarian research.
• The main range of interests: sociology of communications, social design, modern interdisciplinary research, social and public movements, leadership, issues of the formation of civil society in Ukraine, socioecology.
 Iryna Shishkina

Iryna Shishkina

Communication expert, content manager
• Management of social networks.
• Preparation and editing of video content.
• Participation in the organization of CA events (trainings, round tables, conferences).
• Presentation of the team's work at international conferences and forums.
Yurii Tolvai

Yurii Tolvai

Web developer
• Development, support and management of the Institute's website.
• Ensuring the technical functioning of the team.

Our partners

Archimandrite Adam

Archimandrite Adam

Georgia
Chairman of the Department of Health of the Patriarchate of Georgia, Rector of the University of Holy Queen Tamara, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor. Member of the Board of the International Center for Christian Studies at the Orthodox Church of Georgia. Archimandrite Adam conducts scientific and theoretical work on topical scientific issues of the main directions of Christian research, including theology of Creation, Christian environmental ethics.
Markus Vogt

Markus Vogt

Germany
Marcus Vogt (October 26, 1962, Freiburg) is a German Catholic theologian and professor of social ethics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. Marcus Vogt studied theology and philosophy in Munich, Jerusalem and Lucerne. Scientist Vogt focuses on the philosophical foundations of socio-ethical principles as well as environmental and business ethics. Through his scientific work, he contributed to Christian social ethics, emphasizing the importance of environmental protection and formulated a new socio-ethical principle of sustainable development or the principle of sustainability.
Igor Plevsky

Igor Plevsky

Moldova
Greek Catholic priest in charge of environmental protection in the Greek Catholic Church of the Republic of Moldova. Graduated from the Uzhgorod Greek Catholic Theological Academy named after I. Blessed Theodore Romji. He also studied at the Universitstea de Stat Moldova Chisinau. Implements environmental and social projects as part of the activities of the organization “Optima Fide” from September 18, 2014 to the present.
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