Resources, Reviews...


Review:  Abounding in Kindness

This review is of a recent collation of lectures and essays by Elizabeth Johnson which is intended to “make insights accessible to a broad reading public”.   You can borrow this book fromm earth link for the cost of the postage. 

Resources

Resources from the Sisters of Mercy

Mercy International Association has uploaded 13 excellent videos relating to the theme on which they are reflecting during this Year of Mercy.  They are about the “Cry of Earth and her People”.  Treat yourself to these remarkable resources at www.mirpvoices.org

Report on Renewable Energy

Momentum is building for 50% renewable energy by 2030. Such a target if implemented would create more than 28,000 jobs nationally. If you need convincing, read this recent report form the independent Climate Council: http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/renewablesreport

New Vatican Website

Marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace launched a new website dedicated to the document and efforts around the world to put its teaching into practice.  The site "witnesses not only to the impact of the encyclical, but also the creativity and generosity of the people of God everywhere in the world," said Cardinal Peter Turkson, council president.  Go to http://www.laudatosi.va/content/giustiziaepace/it/speciale-laudato-si.html

Anniversary of Laudato Si

Global Catholic Climate Movement hosted an online conference during which prominent leaders dialogued in depth about Laudato Si’ and each of its chapters. Vatican officials, world-renowned experts, faith leaders and theologians spoke passionately about the encyclical and what it means to them, to us, to the whole world (watch the recordings here!).

Resources for the Season of Creation

3-11 September, Pray for Our Pacific:  This is an opportunity for us all to come together in a unique way across the Pacific to uplift our impacted communities, our Islands, our families, our leaders and each other in prayer during the first or second Sabbath in September. It could be as simple as including the theme of standing with our Pacific Island neighbours in your community’s prayers, children’s scripture, the preaching and one or two of the hymns. Or it could include showing a film clip after the service, or on an evening in the lead up to the weekend. Here are two excellent examples which relate to Cyclone Winston which hit Fiji earlier this year: https://youtu.be/PGD2DMCUhJ0 and https://youtu.be/OBBJrpSW1J8

A reflective film clip towards the end of a service might be this shorter 3-minute poem “Dear Matafele Peinem” which won a prize and was read at a UN Climate Summit in 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJuRjy9k7GA .   

For communities interested, part of the impact is created by the number of communities known to be participating. Please, therefore, register your participation at: http://350pacific.org/prayforourpacific/

Related resource

Climate Change Canaries: Oceans and Vulnerable Populations. This is a recording of a webinar conducted by the Global Climate Change Movement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9ehWyNJCE8

Feast of St Francis Resources

From Catholic Climate Covenant: The theme for this year is "Dial Down the Heat: Cultivate the Common Good for our Common Home." The 2016 program will help answer Pope Francis' call for constructive dialogue about our place in God's creation and the environmental impacts on poor people and communities. Once you register, we'll email you a program guide later this summer to help you plan your celebration: http://www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/FOSF

Ethical Consumers

For regular updates about ethical choices for purchasing etc go to http://www.ethical.org.au/consumer/update/indexnew.php?organisation=July+2016

New book from Tucker and Grimm

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are editors of a brand new book, Living Cosmology - Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe. (2016 Orbis)  It is dedicated to  Miriam Therese MacGillis for her remarkable work  at creating a living cosmology at Genesis Farm for thirty-five years And for all those Sisters and Brothers of Earth who have also been inspired by  Thomas Berry's call to embrace a new story for the great Work of healing the Earth Community.  http://www.orbisbooks.com/living-cosmology.html

Catholic Investment Principles

This guide has been prepared by Catholic Earthcare, Australia: http://catholicclimatemovement.global/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Catholic-Investment-Principles-and-Practice.pdf

Free Online Classes in Cosmology and Ecology

In September, Yale University is offering two six-week online courses to enable everyone to gain a better understanding of Cosmology and Ecology. The following courses are being offered: 

• Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life

• The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community

The release date of the courses is yet to be provided.  Click here to read about The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. Register here to express interest.

Stunning Video Resources from  Emmaus Publications

 The Holy Mystery short 5 – 7 minute videos are aimed at awakening a deeper sense of wonder and awe at the mystery, creativity and sacredness of creation. They are an ideal resource for personal and/or group reflection on:

·        the mystery of the Universe Story and Ecological Spirituality

·        our interrelatedness to this mystery and how it speaks to our daily reality

·        our God given responsibility as co-creators and caretakers of this earth and all within it

For more detail about this series and their online video library please follow this link http://liturgyritualprayer.com/videos    If you are not a member of their liturgy website but would like free access to view the resources then please contact them at emmausaustralia@emmausproductions.com

Sustainable Living

Handy resources on Sustainability

·        This resource has been developed in Washington by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Centre :http://www.ipjc.org/Sustainability_booklet.pdf

·        Eco-Parish Guide: The Global Catholic Climate Movement developed this resources in the USA and it may need to be adapted: https://catholicclimatemovement.global/eco-parish/

·        Ten things you can do to care for our Earth: This Parish Guide has been developed by the Uniting Church in Victoria: http://greenchurch.victas.uca.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ten-things.pdf

Recycling Tips

These sites will facilitate your recycling: www.freecycle.org and  www.swapshuffleshare.com

Links for Recycling

Check out this site for useful info and strategies: http://recyclereducereuse.org/index.html 

Although this site is from the USA it contains many helfpul suggestionshttp://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Environmental-Home-Remodeling-Recycling-and-Composting.17357.html   Thanks to a group of our readers for this link.

Ethical Consumption

The Ethical Consumer Group provides you with guides for sustainable shopping and more: http://www.ethical.org.au/

Purchase ecobins for home or work

You can purchase bins online at http://www.ecobinonline.com.au/products/Combo-Pack-1.html

Sustainable Seafood App

This app is a guide to purchasing seafood wisely: http://www.sustainableseafood.org.au/pages/download-the-free-app.html