Responding to Hurricane Irma

Posted on 14. Sep, 2017 in Church of Ireland, Climate Change, Ecology, Environment, Natural Disasters

Rector Eileen Cremin, Church of Ireland minister in Fermoy, talks about her family who are living in Antigua and the aftermath of hurricane Irma which devastated thousands of islands across the Carribean. She talks about how the neighbouring island Barbuda was completed destroyed, but how Antigua managed to escape the worst of it. When Hurricane […]

Social Innovation in the Vatican

Posted on 07. Sep, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Ecology, Economy, Nature

Founder of Social Arcade, a cutting edge gaming company, Mariano Di Murro, recently had an innovate career opportunity – he went from making computer games to working in the Vatican. Answering Pope Francis’ appeal to bring about change that would save the planet, he found himself living in the Vatican working on a project to […]

The Web of Life

Posted on 02. Aug, 2017 in Ecology, Environment

This piece from March 2005 reminds us that Fr. Sean McDonagh has been one of the first in the Church to look at the issues of climate change. Here he is talking about three major issues facing humanity over the next 20 years; Global Warming, Access to Water and Extinction of Species. He talk about […]

Spiritual Tourism

Posted on 22. Jun, 2017 in Church Teachings, Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Environment, Nature

Bernadette Flanagan PBVM is chair of the board of SpIRE, The Spirituality Institute for Research and Education which has been established to serve the spiritual seeking of people and contribute to the academic study of spirituality in higher education. For the last fifteen years they have been organising a very popular summer school from 21-25th of […]

Celebrating Holy Wells

Posted on 25. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Nature

  National Holy Well Day will take place on June 18th in celebration of the sacred nature of water. On that day, people will gather at a well near them and spend some time in prayer and reflection to reignite an ancient and deep connection with water. Early Celtic Christian had a harmonious relationship with […]

The Universe Story

Posted on 11. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church

Walking Gently on Earth is a book produced by the Mercy sisters in response to a nomination by Vita for an Eco-Congregation Award. Eco-Congregation is a development among four Irish churches – Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist and Church of Ireland – that “encourages churches to celebrat the gift of God’s creation, to recognize the interdependence […]

Self Help for East Africa

Posted on 06. Apr, 2017 in Charity, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice, Natural Disasters

As we come to the end of our own Lenten fasts and head into the abundance of Easter, it is important to remember the Global food inequalities that exist. More than 20 million people in Africa today are in urgent need of food, as the world responds to a humanitarian crisis that the United Nations […]

Bringing people to Awareness

Posted on 30. Mar, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Ecology, Gospel Values, Nature

Des O’Grady SJ and Dee Hennessy give mindfulness workshops throughout the country. Both of them came to mindfulness through a sense of dissatisfaction with what the Church had to offer. Their mindfulness however brought them back to a richer and deeper appreciation of their faith and their retreats now combine Christian Eucharist with Mindful awareness. […]

Trócaire Lenten Appeal

Posted on 02. Mar, 2017 in Christian Values, Ecology, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid

Trócaire just launched its 44th Trócaire box appeal. The Lenten box is Trócaire’s biggest national appeal and this year’s campaign highlights the scale of humanitarian need across the world. The family pictured on this year’s Trócaire box is from a village in Honduras that faces regular flooding from storms and rising sea levels. Trócaire’s project […]

Artists for Compassion

Posted on 09. Feb, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Environment, Faith and Justice, Nature

The work of Irish artist Eve Parnell will be on display at Humboldt University in Berlin Jan 31st to Feb 26th. The title of the exhibition ‘ Vernehmt und lasst mich traum so wahrheit singen – Let me sing dreams as words of truth’ is taken from a poem written in 1923 by Claus Schenk Graf von […]