Religious Leaders promote care of our environment and planet...
Following close on the recent Papal encyclical Laudato Si, in which Pope Francis sketched out a Catholic vision of an ecologically interdependent world, we now have an almost unprecedented alignment of global religious leaders calling for meaningful commitments. Many Faith communities have moved over the past 20 years from being among the more sceptical on environmental issues, seeing them linked to some form of pagan nature worship, to being among those most committed to a vision of creation loved by God, which we are putting at risk, by our own failures of self interest and greed. In the last week of October 2015 there were two significant events to publicise appeals by religious leaders to the world which we'd like to bring to your attention here:
Listen to the ABC Discussion here:
Watch the Vatican Press Conference Here:
In the Aboriginal gift, priest and archaeologist, Fr Eugene Stockton, explores the spiritual wisdom of the Australian Aborigines, still persisting into the present. He offers the proposal that the Aboriginal perspectives on spirituality might enrich the spirituality of other Australians. He highlights the themes of Life in Common; Reverence for Life and Land; Celebrations and Sacramentality; and Dadirri Mysticism. The aim is not to appropriate Aboriginal Spirituality but to let the Indigenous insights challenge the rest of us to search their counterparts in the treasury of the Christian Tradition.