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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Rich Christians in an age of climate change

The Irish churches must address economic and ecological issues, and not just spiritual and sexual ones, as part of their Kingdom mission.

From February to June of last year, I, along with many others, protested peacefully against the decision to drill an exploratory oil well less than 400m from a drinking water reservoir in the hills above Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, my then home. It was my first time getting involved in such a process, as it was for most of the others. And contrary to the claims of various politicians, the protestors were overwhelmingly local and overwhelmingly ordinary, with few classing themselves as ‘greens’ or ‘environmentalists’. Also striking was the sense of community that developed amongst this diverse group over the course of the five months: there were codes of conduct written; there were barbecues and ceilidhs held. I even brought my kids. Continue reading

Encounter more

A look back at the Hanson’s study trip to A Rocha Canada’s Brooksdale environmental centre in the summer of 2016.

How do you sum up a summer in just a few sentences? Or how do you describe a formative experience with only words, when words, and even pictures, can only go so far? You can’t. But what you can do is sketch an outline, a few broad strokes of the literary brush that paint a rough image, or distil the basic essence, of an inspiring intercultural encounter, an encounter with myself, with others, with the rest of creation and with God. Continue reading