Caring for Our Common Home is one of the four Universal Apostolic Preferences that provide the blueprint for the immediate future of the global Jesuit community. In the Irish Jesuit Province care for the environment is a key priority and is reflected in the Ecology Policy that has been in development for some time now.
On Friday, 1st July the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Gardiner Street Parish are holding a ‘Seedbed’ event to gather a broad, representative group from Irish Jesuit communities and works for a conversation about how to move forward with our ecological conversion.
We have invited members of the Province to join us for lunch in Gardiner Street before we hear from three speakers with different areas of expertise about environmental issues. We hope that these speakers will inspire us to direct our energies towards the most constructive courses of action.
Niall Leahy SJ will talk about the relationship between our consumer habits and our climate and biodiversity crisis; a representative from the ACRE project will explain how the Irish Province is helping disadvantaged communities to take a lead in creation care; and renowned young theologian Hannah Malcolm will discuss how the despair we feel about the environmental crisis can in fact be spiritually nourishing.
There’ll be a chance for attendees to discuss the relevance of these presentations to their life and work, as the audience breaks into small groups. The outputs from each group will be used to inform the Irish Jesuit Province about how it can be more creative in its mission to care for our common home.
Each member of the Province can bring their own unique perspective and experience to this project, and this diversity of opinion is exactly what we need to make this a success. The JCFJ encourages people from all parts of the province to attend. This event will be the first of many opportunities to respond, reflect, and contribute to our collective ecological journey.
If you have any questions about the event please contact Dr Ciara Murphy at [email protected]