Irish Catholic Eco Eye

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis paints a compelling picture of the people of God together rediscovering their mandate to care for God’s world. But how are we to put this noble calling into practice? Here are three suggestions at three different levels: the individual; the parish; and the diocese or denomination.

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‘The land is mine’

The ‘Year of Jubilee’ first came to my attention through Ron Sider’s book ‘Rich Christians in an age of hunger’, published in 1978. It’s a challenging concept that, more recently, helped galvanise support for the Jubilee 2000 ‘Drop the debt’ campaign in persuading governments to reduce the debt burden on developing countries. In Leviticus 25 the Year of Jubilee is introduced along with a strong focus on redemptio Continue reading

Kingdom coffee: Fairtrade catering at your church?

Making the case for seeking the Kingdom of God through our church catering supplies.  Why not adapt this short summary for your own church?

Your kingdom coffee come…
Coffee – that glorious liquid. Whether it’s the fragrant aroma wafting up your nostrils; the heavenly taste tantalising your tastebuds; or the caffeine buzzing round your brain. Or maybe it’s the combination of all three. And ditto for tea, if that’s your tipple of choice. Between the two drinks, we get through a lot in a year as a church. But what of the people who produce our tea and coffee, mostly in parts of the world a lot less well-off than we are? Are they savouring the fruits of their labours or does it leave a bitter taste in their mouth? Continue reading

A Sabbath for the land

Leviticus 25 – beginning with the first seven verses – A Sabbath for the land (Leviticus 25: 1-7)

The Genesis account of the Creation tells us that when God made humankind He gave us responsibility for what happened next with the created world. God then ‘stepped back’ and had a sabbath, or day of rest. Humankind’s first day was also this sabbath and some see significance in this for our well-being and work-life balance: that from our rested bodies and minds come our energy, passion and creativity. Then humankind’s relationships with God, with each other and with the environment went horribly wrong at the Fall. Continue reading