The sisters of Congrégation de Notre-Dame didn't want to give up the same coffee they had been drinking for decades. But paying a fair wage to the poor farmers who grew the coffee beans was something they could get behind — one of 12 actions they're undertaking to lessen their environmental footprint.
GSR Today - After a recent experience in Tanzania and Malawi of electrical blackouts, cold showers, limited or no internet, cooking with charcoal, and the sight of mountains stripped of trees, I was reminded of a project I had started to research how sisters in sub-Saharan Africa use solar energy.
Nearly two dozen people, including a juvenile, were arrested as they blocked workers from starting construction of a short leg of a natural gas pipeline on property owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation in Columbia, Pennsylvania.
This month, and probably for every October for the rest of her life, Haitian Sr. Evelyn Moliney will remember a time she would rather forget. A year ago, Hurricane Matthew bore down on southwestern Haiti, threatening a large swath of coastal area, including the city and surrounding areas of Jérémie, the capital city of the department, or province, of Grand'Anse.
Wielding their power as shareholders to challenge corporations, women religious are teaming up with each other and with other faith groups to ensure companies are water-conscious in their corporate practices. "If one person is speaking to a company, that's one thing. ... When you come to the company, and you have 15 shareholders who are concerned about the issue, it makes a difference.
Aid has been pouring in to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island Sept. 20, but the U.S. territory still faces a massive rebuilding challenge in addition to the immediate needs for water and food. As for women religious in Puerto Rico, little information has been coming out about how they fared in the storm and how they have been in the weeks since.
My decision to let the gentleness of fall lure me into gratitude is one mode of "inner climate change" I desperately need to cultivate at this critical time. This is my spiritual/personal source of "renewable energy" waiting to be tapped.
Global Sisters Report takes a closer look at the OK Clean Water Project and Water With Blessings, two collaborative projects among women religious, both of which empower local leaders to bring drinkable water to the marginalized, giving them the proper tools to be self-reliant.
GSR Today - It's hard for a New Mexican to imagine rain that lasts all day. It's hard for a person who has never tasted a taco to imagine how good they are. And local weather is one reason people find it hard to grasp climate change.
I'm excited about a project that I would like to share with you. I'm working on an honor for a friend of mine — Jesuit Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955). Although I have never met Teilhard in person, his writings have been one of the greatest inspirations in my life. I have come to know him during my own long search for how to be both scientist and believer. Without his help, my faith and spirituality would never be as strong as they are.