Families in Riimenze, South Sudan, were displaced in late 2016 and early 2017 as fighting between government soldiers and rebels escalated.
"There is the sea, great and wide! It teems with countless beings, living things both large and small."
Paris Agreement - The U.S. withdrawal from global accord "disregards our basic human purpose on the planet to love and care for the garden and one another," says Franciscan Sr. Joan Brown, calling the decision "predictable, yet dark."
On a visit to the farm, I saw the value of my cousins' lived reality. I believe in their goodness and trust their judgment. Likely, we don't agree on everything, but we are family, and nothing will change that.
With master's degrees and doctorates in eco-theology and eco-ethics, St. Joseph Srs. Linda Gregg and Mary Rowell run the Villa St. Joseph Ecology and Spirituality Centre in Cobourg, Ontario. The two teach university eco-theology courses from the center, which also houses a large community garden, and offer retreats and reflection for all faiths focused on the interconnectedness of spirituality and the Earth.
"We cannot tire or give up. We owe it to the present and future generations of all species to rise up and walk!"
Ursuline sisters, teachers, school principals and representatives of parents from all over France came to Paris May 6-8 to share their experiences and discuss the ways they face the challenges of climate change and migration.
Sr. Cécile Renouard, a graduate of ESSEC, one of the best business schools in France, is both a professor and an actor for change in the economic field. Before joining the Religious of the Assumption, she traveled extensively all around the world. She holds a doctorate in political philosophy and now teaches at ESSEC and at Centre Sèvres, a Jesuit university in Paris. She also continues her research on ethics and economics, promoting a concept of ecologically and socially responsible and sustainable development in corporations around the world.
The wilderness has nourished me throughout life. Years ago, being among Zambia's indigenous trees eased the challenge of missioning in a new country. Now, pollution and urbanization have created a new reality.
Spending time with the people of Chile in the wake of the destruction left behind by immense forest fires, I experience God's presence and the internal strength of the Chilean people.