(A)Water - its preciousness, its sacredness, its precariousness globally - is on many people's minds these days. SOE Terri MacKenzie's Lent 2014: I Thirst: A Lenten Journey from Desert to Garden offers participants the opportunity to integrate their concern for water with the Lenten Scriptures and Jesus' experiences. Grounded in the cosmic story, participants deepen their awareness of the divine presence living and acting throughout creation. Each of the five weeks includes the components that have made this series useful on four continents: reflection, input, sharing, action suggestions, group prayer, and socializing. I Thirst is available, FREE, at http://ecospiritualityresources.com/lent. Click on Lent.2014 for materials.
On February 19, 2014, Terri's blog post (http://ecospiritualityresources.com/blog) will offer a prayer service for Ash Wednesday that celebrates our "dust" having come from stardust.
(B) The Grace of Earth: The Columban Mission Institute’s Centre for Peace Ecology and Justice announces The Grace of Earth Lenten reflections. The Grace of Earth consists of six sheets related to the Gospel readings which focus on six aspects of Earth's life support systems. This resource is now available at http://stcolumbansmissionsociety.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/r/A3DDF60FB3F964DB2540EF23F30FEDED/51C6B4FC26EBDD8362AF25ACF5E3F0AC
The Human Cost of Power
The coal and unconventional gas industries are expanding massively in Australia driving climate change and harming our health. This short film explores the health impacts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5DIDUB_RyA&list=UUI8Lbuft5U-s1RbPMi0Ms0Q&feature=c4-overview
International Mother Earth Day, 22 April, 2014
22 April has been declared international Mother Earth Day by the United Nations. Creation Justice Ministries in the USA has produced an Earth Day Sunday resource titled “Water, Holy Water” which you can now download at http://www.creationjustice.org/
New programmes at Rahamim Ecological Learning Centre in Bathurst
If you are looking for a week retreat, a day for students in that area, a mini-sabbatical, an enrichment day, look at the programmes offerings at Rahamim. Heaps of info available at http://www.rahamim.org.au/
2014 programmes being facilitated by Earthsong
Go to the website and mark some of these events in your diary.http://earthsong.org.au/programs/programs-2013-2/
2014 Griffith Climate Change Response Programme
Find out what educational opportunities are available during 2014: http://www.griffith.edu.au/research/research-excellence/griffith-climate-change-response-program/program
This is an e book edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. It is published by the Golden Sufi centre in California. It is a strong statement of shared concern across religious and indigenous groups for the pain of Earth, and the motivation that comes from the conviction that Earth is sacred.
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Links for Recycling
Check out this site for useful info and strategies: http://recyclereducereuse.org/index.html
Launch of new Low Carbon Living starts at home booklet
Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment Inc. (HOPE) is pleased to announce the launch of the national edition of the popular Low Carbon Living starts at home booklet and 2 new appendices. Copies of the booklet can be downloaded from http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au or alternatively hard copies can be obtained by sending a self addressed envelope to HOPE, PO Box 6118 – Clifford Gardens, TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350.
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