ASSETS PLEDGED TO FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT SURPASS A$7 TRILLION

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in News
ASSETS PLEDGED TO FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT SURPASS A$7 TRILLION

  A new report by Arabella Advisors shows that the scope of global fossil fuel divestment has doubled over the past 15 months, with institutions and individuals controlling US$5.197 trillion in assets pledging to divest. The announcement comes on the first anniversary of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The report also points out that Faith based organisations and philanthropic foundations each making up almost a quarter of all divestment commitments. “One year after the adoption of the historic Paris […]

Generation Yes Launched

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Inspiration, Networks, News
Generation Yes Launched

  Imagine a world that manages to escape the worst of climate change. Generation Yes wants to develop a thriving Australia that has played its part in changing climate change all without taking a hit to the economy which provides us the quality of life we are fortunate enough to enjoy. Generation Yes is a project of ClimateWorks Australia who act as a bridge between research and action to enable innovative new approaches and solutions to climate change. Catholic Earthcare […]

COP22 Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Inspiration, Networks, News
COP22 Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders

  COP22 INTERFAITH STATEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE 10th November 2016 The COP22 Interfaith Climate Statement was signed by 303 eminent faith leaders from 58 countries from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jains, Quakers, Muslim, Sikh, Unitarian Universalists, as well as Indigenous and Spritual leaders. Some eminent faith leaders who have signed are His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ven. Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Chan Khong of Plum Village International Community of Engaged Buddhists, Rev Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of World […]

The Nature of Things – Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 in News
The Nature of Things – Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation

  The Nature of Things REDISCOVERING THE SPIRITUAL IN GOD’S CREATION Edited by Graham Buxton & Norman Habel Foreword by David Rhoads In 2015 a conference on “Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation” was held at the Serafino winery complex in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. The aim of the conference was not to seek consensus but to survey the landscape with a view to intentional responsible action in caring for God’s creation. Delegates were challenged to recognize […]

Fertile Common Ground – TEDx talk by Judith Friedlander

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 in News
Fertile Common Ground – TEDx talk by Judith Friedlander

In her talk, Judy looks at the wealth of learnings, customs and traditions that exist already in our combined religious and cultural teachings. Our fascination with the new can distract us from the extraordinary value of the old. We need to reclaim this accumulated wisdom to bring about a fertile common ground, where people from all cultures and religions come together to the same table and the same garden to share and build a rich bank of educational resources for […]

Join the Laudato Si’ Animator Formation Program

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 in News
Join the Laudato Si’ Animator Formation Program

“An integral ecology includes taking time to recover a serene harmony with creation, reflecting on our lifestyle and our ideals, and contemplating the Creator who lives among us and surrounds us …” (Laudato Si’, Paragraph 225) You are warmly invited to join a Laudato Si’ Animator Formation Program in 2017. Our next program will be taking place at the Benedictine Monastery in New Norcia (Western Australia) from October 9th – 12th. Animator FLYER – WA Oct 2017 Are you wondering how to respond to Laudato […]

Message from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Marrakesh Climate Talks

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 in News

Please click on the link below for a PDF of the Message from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Marrakesh Climate Talks:   message-by-his-all-holiness-ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew-to-the-unfccc-cop22-session-marrakech-morocco-november-7-18-2016

Invitation to the Blessing of the Animals and Season of Creation

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 in Inspiration, News, Parishes
Invitation to the Blessing of the Animals and Season of Creation

September 1st is the World Day of Prayer for Creation and begins an extended month-long Season of Creation which ends on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Ecology, October 4th. St. Francis saw the importance of all creatures. He often laid his hands on them and blessed them and talked lovingly to them about God. This is why many Churches have animal blessings on or around the feast of St Francis. He simply saw animals as having great […]

Irish Ecological Theologian, Father Sean McDonagh, speaking across Australia in November on Laudato Si’

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 in Inspiration, News, Parishes
Irish Ecological Theologian, Father Sean McDonagh, speaking across Australia in November on Laudato Si’

Father Sean McDonagh to speak in Australia about Laudato Si’ – November 2016 Australian Tour You are invited to come and hear Father Sean speak about Laudato Si’. Father Sean is one of the preeminent scholars on Laudato Si’ with a long involvement in caring for Creation. Father Sean is a Columban Missionary and Irish Ecological theologian who was one of those involved in the drafting Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home”. He recently also served […]

Newcastle Magistrate to consider the words of Pope Francis when sentencing the Break Free from Fossil Fuel Protestors

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 in Inspiration, News, Parishes
Newcastle Magistrate to consider the words of Pope Francis when sentencing the Break Free from Fossil Fuel Protestors

  Newcastle Magistrate to consider the words of Pope Francis when sentencing the Break Free from Fossil Fuel Protestors “The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.” (Pope Francis) These are the words of Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si. His teaching is prophetic and timely “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels – especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to […]