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Ecological Justice Calendar 2023

Ecological Justice Calendar 2023 Our ecological justice calendar EJ Calendar 23 V4 highlights certain ecological justice days and some liturgical dates. Click on associated hyperlinks for each day to find

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B&B highway

B&B Highway Planting Seeds has a habitat regenerating initiative called ‘B&B highway’. Perfect for schools, parishes and families to get involved in. Learn more about how you can contribute to

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Luke 19: 1-10

Reflection on the Gospel-31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C (Luke 19:1-10) -Veronica Lawson RSM Several years ago, a little book came my way and proceeded to turn my world

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Luke 18: 9-14

Reflection on the Gospel-30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C (Luke 18:9-14) -Veronica Lawson RSM The parable of the Pharisee and the toll collector follows that of the courageous widow

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World Food Day

World Food Day 16 Oct 2022 Fact Sheet A short fact sheet written for World Food Day with information, resources, activities and actions to take. Download here World Food Day 16

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Gospel Reflection #5680

Reflection on the Gospel-29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C (Luke 18:1-8) -Veronica Lawson RSM In today’s gospel, the narrator has the Lukan Jesus introducing the reader to a parable

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Gospel Reflection

Reflection on the Gospel-28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C (Luke 17:11-19) -Veronica Lawson RSM Every day we hear news of race riots, ethnic violence and discrimination somewhere in our

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Gospel Reflection

Reflection on the Gospel-27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C (Luke 17:5-10) -Veronica Lawson RSM The advent of yet another La Niña is testing the faith of those whose lives

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Gospel Reflection

Reflection on the Gospel-26th Sunday in Ordinary Time C (Luke 16:19-31) -Veronica Lawson RSM Global inequality of income and of opportunity has increased dramatically in the past few years. The

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Gospel Reflection

Reflection on the Gospel-25th Sunday in Ordinary Time C (Luke 16:1-13) -Veronica Lawson RSM The third week in the Season of Creation confronts us with the issue of the strategies

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Gospel reflection

Reflection on the Gospel-21st Sunday in Ordinary Time C (Luke 13:22-30) -Veronica Lawson RSM           Some people seem to have an ingrained sense of entitlement. They put themselves first without

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Gospel Reflection 24.07.22 #5515

A Reflection on the Gospel-17th Sunday in Ordinary Time C (Luke 11:1-13) -Veronica Lawson RSM This Sunday’s gospel offers three little cameos about praying and about God’s generous giving. There

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Gospel Reflection 10.07.22

Reflection on the Gospel-15th Sunday in Ordinary Time C (Luke 10:25-37) -Veronica Lawson RSM   The present ecological catastrophe calls us to new ways of being neighbour. We used to

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Gospel Reflection 19 June 2022

Reflection on the Gospel-The Body and Blood of Christ -Year C (Luke 9:11-17) -Veronica Lawson RSM The gospel for today brings together elements that have traditionally formed part of Christian

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Environmental Careers

Environmental Careers Ever thought about a career caring for creation? Here are just some of the MANY careers you could choose from!  Download the List here!

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Gospel Reflection 12 June 2022

Reflection on the Gospel – Trinity Sunday – Year C (John 16:12-15) -Veronica Lawson RSM The opening sentence of today’s gospel touches something very deep in human experience. Jesus tells

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Gospel Reflection 5 June 2022

REFLECTION ON THE GOSPEL – PENTECOST – SUNDAY YEAR C (JOHN 20:19-23) -Veronica Lawson RSM Pentecost Sunday is sometimes called the birthday of the Church. For the ancient Israelites, Pentecost

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Gospel Reflection 22 May 2022

Reflection on the Gospel-Easter 6C (John 14:23-29) -Veronica Lawson RSM “Take from my heart all painful anxiety.” This is the prayer of the first Sister of Mercy, Catherine McAuley. It

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Gospel Reflection 15 May 22

Reflection on the Gospel -Easter 5C (John 13:31-35) -Veronica Lawson RSM The literary context for today’s gospel reading is Jesus’ final meal with his disciples. Jesus has washed the feet

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Gospel Reflection 8 May 22

Reflection of the Gospel-Easter 4C (John 10:27-30) -Veronica Lawson RSM Listening is important. Having the capacity to hear is even more so. Today’s gospel is wonderfully reassuring for those who

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Gospel Reflection 1 May 22

Reflection on the Gospel-Easter 3C (John 21:1-19) -Veronica Lawson RSM John 21 represents an addition to the original gospel text of John 1-20, an epilogue that centres on a third

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Gospel Reflection 24 April

Reflection on the Gospel-Easter 2C (John 20:19-31) -Veronica Lawson RSM This weekend we celebrate the second of eight Sundays of the Easter Season that culminates in the Feast of Pentecost.

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Gospel Reflection 17 April

Reflection on the Gospel-Easter Year C (Easter Vigil Luke 24:1-12; Easter Sunday John 20:1-9) -Veronica Lawson RSM It is not always wise to discount someone’s story just because it sounds

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John 8:1-11

Reflection on the Gospel-5th Sunday of Lent Year C ( John 8:1-11) Veronica Lawson RSM Historian Gerda Lerner has demonstrated that patriarchy emerged some 3000 years ago with the invention

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Gospel Reflection

Reflection on the Gospel-4th Sunday of Lent Year C (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32) -Veronica Lawson RSM Unfailing forgiveness and arms open to welcome back wayward sons and daughters is a key

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Luke 9:28-36

Reflection on the Gospel-2nd Sunday of Lent Year C (Luke 9:28-36) -Veronica Lawson RSM Last week, the wilderness was a character in the gospel reading. This week, we find a

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Reflection on the Gospel

Reflection on the Gospel-7th Sunday in Ordinary Time C (Luke 6:27-38) -Veronica Lawson RSM The classic message of today’s gospel is addressed to those who listen. To hear and respond

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Luke 6: 39-45 #4420

Reflection on the Gospel–8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C (Luke 6:39-45) -Veronica Lawson RSM  “Everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher,” says the Lukan Jesus. What

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Luke 6:17, 20-26 13.02.22

Reflection on the Gospel –6th Sunday in Ordinary Time C (Luke 6:17, 20-26) -Veronica Lawson RSM Why does Luke’s Jesus declare the poor and suffering happy or blessed? And why

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Luke 5:1-11 06.02.22

Reflection on the Gospel-5th Sunday in Ordinary Time C (Luke 5:1-11) -Veronica Lawson RSM The gospel reading for this Sunday [Word of God Sunday in Australian Catholic communities] opens with

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30 Jan

Reflection on the Gospel–4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C (Luke 4:21-30) -Veronica Lawson RSM This week’s gospel reading continues the story of Jesus in the synagogue at Nazareth. Luke

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23 Jan reflection

Reflection on the Gospel-3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C (Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21) The liturgy for today juxtaposes the introductory verses of Luke’s gospel and a passage from the beginning

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Reflection 16 Jan

Reflection on the Gospel-2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C (John 2:1-11) -Veronica Lawson RSM Today’s liturgy invites us to take a detour into the Fourth Gospel and into a

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16 Jan Reflection

Reflection on the Gospel-2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C (John 2:1-11) -Veronica Lawson RSM Today’s liturgy invites us to take a detour into the Fourth Gospel and into a

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9 Jan

Reflection on the Gospel-The Baptism of Jesus Year C (Luke 3:15-16, 21-22) -Veronica Lawson RSM Today’s celebration of the baptism of Jesus marks the end of the Christmas Season and

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2 Jan Gospel reflection

Reflection on the Gospel– Feast of the Epiphany Year C (Matthew 2:1-12) -Veronica Lawson RSM God’s presence is revealed to us in diverse ways: we can read the book of

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Luke 2 41-52

Reflection on the Gospel-Feast of the Holy Family Year C (Luke 2:41-52) -Veronica Lawson RSM The time between Christmas and New Year is often family time. It is also a

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gospel-reflection

Reflection on the Gospel2nd Sunday of Advent Year CLuke 3:1-6 Sr Veronica Lawson RSM Since the beginning of his pontificate, PopeFrancis has called us to look into our hearts and

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Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Reflection on the Gospel-1st Sunday of Advent Year C (Luke 21:25-28, 34-36) -Veronica Lawson RSM   Today’s gospel passage, with its vivid description of the end-time signs, may seem a

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John-18-33-37

Reflection on the Gospel-Feast of Christ the King, Year B (John 18:33-37) -Veronica Lawson RSM   The liturgical year always ends with the celebration of the Feast of Christ the

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Mark 13: 24-32

Reflection on the Gospel-33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 13:24-32) -Veronica Lawson RSM In the opening lines of today’s gospel reading, there are clear echoes of two passages

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Mark 12: 38-44

Reflection on the Gospel-32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 12: 38-44) Veronica Lawson RSM Whether the longer or shorter gospel reading is selected for today’s liturgy, the literary

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Mark 10: 2-16

Reflection on the Gospel-27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 10:2-16) -Veronica Lawson The question of gender inclusivity in decision-making has been much in the news of late. The

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Gospel reflection 24.10.21

Reflection on the Gospel-30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 10:46-52) -Veronica Lawson RSM What is it that we fail to see? Today’s gospel reading brings to closure a

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Gospel reflection

Reflection on the Gospel-29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 10:35-45) -Veronica Lawson RSM  In the kin-dom of God movement established by Jesus, there is no place for domination

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Gospel reflection

Reflection on the Gospel-28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 10:17-30) -Veronica Lawson RSM Not too many of us commit murder or adultery. Not too many take hostages or

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Wildlife week

Australian Wildlife Week 4-8 October Download a fact sheet below the image for information and activities for Australian Wildlife Week which runs every year. Eastern Rosella Photo credit David Conser

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Gospel Reflection

Reflection on the Gospel-24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 8:27-35) -Veronica M. Lawson RSM Today’s gospel reading leads us into a section of Mark’s gospel that explores challenges

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McAuley Community School

It’s easy being green! The new McAuley Community School at Hove in SA has a 6-green star sustainability rating and has an award winning innovative design and architecture. The contemporary

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Mark 7: 1-8

Reflection on the Gospel-22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23) -Veronica Lawson RSM After a lengthy detour over some weeks into the gospel of John with

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John 6: 60-69

A Reflection on the Gospel-21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (John 6:60-69) -Veronica M. Lawson RSM  If we have trouble understanding and coming to terms with the teachings of

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Novita Tonga

Eco Jesuit Climate Youth Leader; Novita Tonga https://youtu.be/PsjY_4A8m88 Novita Tongo lives in Bandasari, Kalimantan on the island of Borneo Indonesia. Industries such as extraction and palm oil plantations have seen

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John-6: 60-69

Reflection on the Gospel-21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (John 6:60-69) -Veronica M. Lawson RSM  If we have trouble understanding and coming to terms with the teachings of Jesus

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John 6: 41-51

Reflection on the Gospel-19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (John 6:41-51) -Veronica M. Lawson RSM Jesus was a Jew, as was John, the author of the gospel. It may

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Feast of Mary MCKillop

The Feast of St Mary McKillopMatthew 6:24-34    ‘Today’s trouble is enough for today!’ These are the concluding words of the gospel for today’s feast. We are “not to be

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Gospel Reflection

Gospel Reflection 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (John 6:24-35) -Veronica M. Lawson RSM The question of the crowds “Rabbi, when did you come here?” has to do with

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Gospel reflection

Gospel Reflection John 6: 1-15 Reflection on the Gospel-17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (John 6:1-15) -Veronica M. Lawson RSM   The gospel readings for the next two weeks

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Mark 6: 7-13

Mark 6: 7-13 Reflection on the Gospel-15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 6:7-13) -Veronica Lawson RSM   To be a disciple of Jesus is to experience a call.

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Reflection Mark 6 1-6

Gospel Reflection Mark 6: 1-6 Reflection on the Gospel – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 6:1-6) -Veronica Lawson RSM Most of us have known the experience of

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Eco justice primary toolkit

New! Ecological Justice Toolkit This resource has been designed for Social Justice teachers in primary schools, coordinating ecological justice action groups in Catholic schools. Each session is designed to be

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St Davids recycling

Recycling at Saint David’s Parish School Did you know that Easter egg wrappers CAN be recycled when compacted together as a ball? Mini Vinnies volunteers from Saint David’s Parish School

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Bede Polding College

Laudato Si’ at Bede Polding College Parramatta The Eco Group recently introduced a series of signs around the College to explain the many projects in which we are involved. Projects

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Convocation 2020

Convocation for Season of Creation 2020 In September 2020, Catholic Earthcare Australia hosted a convocation “Journey through the Season of Creation”. Click on the link below to learn more and

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Mark 4: 35-41 20/06/21

Gospel Reflection Mark 4: 35-41 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (20 June 2021)By Sr Veronica Lawson RSM Today’s gospel story looks back to the parables in the first part of

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Mark 4:26-34 13 June 2021

Reflection on the Gospel-11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 4:26-34)  -Veronica Lawson RSM   The first of the parables in today’s gospel reading has no parallel in the

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30/05/21 Trinity Sunday

Gospel Reflection Trinity Sunday Reflection on the Gospel-Trinity Sunday Year B (30 May 2021) (Matt 28:16-20) -Veronica Lawson RSM Trinity Sunday celebrates the core Christian conviction that God is a

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Pentecost Sunday 23/05

Reflection for Pentecost Sunday Reflection on the Gospel-Pentecost Sunday Year B John 20:19-23  by Veronica Lawson RSM  Pentecost Sunday is often called the birthday of the Church. For the ancient

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6th Sun Easter

Gospel Reflection on the 6th Sunday of Easter Veronica Lawson RSM The constitutions of my religious institute remind me that “the tender mercy of our God has given us one

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Laudato Si’ resource

Integral Ecology Reflection guides 7 questions to ask to measure integral ecology in our personal, parish and professional roles. These can be downloaded at 7 Questions to Guide Reflection on

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First Sun in Lent

Gospel Reflection First Sunday in Lent21 Feb 21 (Mark 1:12-15) 21 Feb 21 -Veronica Lawson RSM Lent comes around each year and presents us with its usual challenge to take

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Reflection December 18 2020

Reflection December 20, 2020 Reflection on the Gospel-4th Sunday of Advent Year B (Luke 1:26-38)  –Veronica Lawson RSM   We are all familiar with Luke’s story of the annunciation, a

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Dec13 Reflection

Reflection 13 December 2020 Reflection on the Gospel: 3rd Sunday of Advent Year B (John 1:6-8, 19-28) -Veronica Lawson RSM   The first section of today’s gospel reading comes from

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Encyclical: Fratelli Tutti

Encyclical: Fratelli Tutti Fratelli tutti (All Brothers) is the third encyclical of Pope Francis, subtitled of “on fraternity and social friendship”. In the document, Francis states that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven the failure of the world to

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Encyclical: Laudato Si’

Encyclical: Laudato Si’ Laudato si’ (Praise Be to You) is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical has the subtitle “on care for our common home”. In it, the pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental

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2020 Season of Creation

2020 Season of Creation Season of Creation starts with the World Day of Prayer for Creation on the 1st September and ends with the Feast of St Francis of Assisi

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Jubilee for the Earth

Jubilee for the Earth A resource developed by Sally Neaves, host of our Session 2. This series of rituals have been prepared for each of the 5 themes of Season

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Uniting Earth Climate Conference 2020

Uniting Earth Climate Pastoral Conference View the recording of the Conference here:: https://www.unitingearth.org.au/climate-pastoral-care-conference-2020-recordings/ We recommend checking out keynote speakers including Rebecca Huntley (climate change activist and academic) as well as

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Bronwyn Ley’s Speaking Notes

Bronwyn Ley’s Speaking Notes – Session 4. ‘An economy that cares for our common home’ Panellist Bronwyn Ley has kindly shared her speaking notes to distribute through the Convocation. We’ve

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Ross Garnaut’s book ‘Superpower’

Ross Garnaut’s book ‘Superpower’, as mentioned in Session 4. ‘An economy that cares for our common home’. From: https://www.rossgarnaut.com.au/australian-economy/superpower-australias-low-carbon-opportunity/ ‘The fog of Australian politics on climate change has obscured a

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Social justice statement from Bruce Duncan

Social justice statement from Bruce Duncan Everyone’s Business: Developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy. Duncan.SJ Statement 2017-18. SUMMARY  of: Everyone’s Business: Developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy. Bruce Duncan, Zoom session

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Earthcare Youth Bingo Challenge!

Thank you to our amazing speakers and panellists for joining us for our International Youth Conversation today. Our amazing Earthcare Leaders Vienna and Alyssa have designed the bingo challenge below.

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Plastic Free Lent

PLASTIC FREE LENT An easy-to-follow guide on going plastic free, courtesy of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network.  Download the guide here. 

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Overturn the Tables

OVERTURN THE TABLES  By Alice Carwardine This website, Overturnthetables, is inspired by the story of Jesus cleansing the temple. I hope will provide you with some insight into how you

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Curriculum support from AAEE

Curriculum support from AAEE Find curiculum support for sustainability, thanks to the Australian Association of Environmental Educators. Guides range from $24.99 to $34.99, and cover from foundation to year 10.

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Our first podcast!

Youth presenter Kayleigh Sleath joins Clare Vernon on the inagural Earthcare podcast! We talk about Catholic schools, universities and post-school ways to engage in environmental, climate and social justice. View

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What is environmental racism?

Monday 18 November, 2019 by Sian PankhurstThe first our a new regular platform for young people in the Catholic and Earthcare space. You’ll find reflections, insights, reviews and thoughts shared

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