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May 2017 Eco-Congregation Ireland Newsletter available

Welcome to the May 2017 edition of the Eco-Congregation Ireland newsletter!  Read the newsletter in full:  ECI Newsletter May 2017. In this newsletter: Our Climate Justice Candle – The Journey Continues! Climate Justice Candle Inspiration! Gardiner Street Inner City Parish gets a Spring Clean! Update from Ballineaspaig Parish, Dennehy’s Cross, Co Cork Diocese of Kerry […]

The Future We Need Group – Seminars on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Seminars on the Impact of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Leading into the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) The Future We Need (FWN) is a faith based group, comprising members from the Columbans, Franciscans, Loreto, Mercy Family and Presentation, which is expanding to include members of different religions. Members of FWN are keen […]

Diocese of Kerry is planning ahead for Creation Time 2017!

This year the Diocese of Kerry is moving their celebration of Earth Week to Creation Time. They will be hosting a series of events across the month and trying to establish Creation Time as a season to be marked every year in the diocese. Last year the parishioners chose the theme of the loss of […]

Update from Ballineaspaig Parish, Dennehy’s Cross, Co Cork, May 2017

The following is an update on the environmental work carried out by Ballineaspaig Parish, Co Cork. Climate Justice Candle We felt privileged to host the Climate Justice Candle during the last week of March.   We had requested it for that week to coincide with earth Hour on 25th March.  The candle was present in the […]

Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering 2017 a Great Success!

Around 100 representatives from Eco-Congregations across Scotland gathered in Glasgow on Saturday 22 April to take part in workshops and hear from the keynote speaker Alastair McIntosh. As well as the formal meetings there was time to socialise and meet people from other Eco-Congregations. Feedback from participants was very positive and there was great optimism […]

EcoQuakers report on progress at Ireland Yearly Meeting 2017

The World Quaker Gathering in Peru called on Quakers to live out the changes needed to sustain the Earth as home to all humankind and the natural world.  As a response to this call, Ireland Yearly Meeting 2016 adopted Minute 40 and agreed to the following actions: •    To commit to making all Meetings . […]

SMA Annual Summer School, Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre, Newry – 7-9 July 2017

The SMA Annual Summer School will take place in Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre, Newry, Co Down from 7-9 July 2017.  This year's theme is 'Faith Responding to Changing Times'. Topics being addressed include Justin Kilcullen on 'Sustainable Development Goals: A Faith Response'; Mary Reynolds on 'Remembering our Roles as Guardians of the Earth' and […]

Lights out in Balally Parish!

Lots of lights were turned off in Balally parish on Saturday 25th March when parishioners of the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally, Dublin 16 were encouraged to come to the church from 8-9pm to participate in a candlelit vigil for Earth Hour 2017. The purpose of the vigil was to celebrate the […]

Update from South Belfast Quaker Meeting

South Belfast Quakers were awarded their Eco-Congregation Ireland award in 2014 but haven't been taking it easy since then! Last year all Quaker meetings in Ireland were asked to complete a Sustainability Report. South Belfast approached this by organising a 'Conversation' and 'Bring & Share Lunch' after their Sunday morning meeting on 13th November last […]

Caring about a Small Blue Planet – SMA Parish, Wilton, Cork

The SMA Parish, Wilton, Cork is in the process of becoming an Eco-Congregation. The Wilton Justice group, attached to the SMA parish decided to host a programme called 'Caring About a Small Blue Planet'. Two members of their Justice Group had already participated in this programme in SHEP in Ballincollig. They highly recommended this program […]