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  • Sub-Committee of NGO Mining Working Group Launches Companion Document to 'Water and Sanitation- A People's Guide to SDG 6'.’

    July 29, 2018

    A Sub-Committee of the NGO Mining Working Group focusing on the gendered impacts of mining published a paper entitled 'Water, Women and Wisdom'. This two page document serves as a companion to 'Water and Sanitation: A People's Guide to SDG 6'. 'Women, Water and Wisdom' recognizes that ?Women and girls, especially rural and indigenous women, have knowledge and experie…

  • Plastic Bag Alternatives and Birthday Tree Planting: A Ray of Hope for Kenya (The Congregation)

    July 29, 2018

    As we commemorate the world overshoot day and continue to face the sad reality of how we humans continue to degrade Mother Earth and her natural resources, there is a ray of hope in Kenya where the ban on plastic bags use was effected by the government on August 28th 2017. Thanks be to God this took effect after many years of environment advocates including Wangari Mathai who made futile appea…

  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas September 2017 Report

    September 23, 2017

    Participants at the Instituteüs 2017 Chapter walked through the streets of downtown Buffalo, New York, June 23rd to to call attention to the sacredness of water and the human right to this resource. In response to the global issue of climate change and the need for all to transition to a low-carbon future, Mercy Investment Services' Social Responsibilit…

  • MIA – MGA at the UN Report to Cosmology/Eco-Justice Group – September 2017

    September 23, 2017

    A number of events were attended by MIA_MGA¼at the UN, including: MGA at the UN attended first UN World Oceans Conference World Oceans Day, June 8th stands as an annual reminder for the world to protect, honor and conserve the oceans across the globe. This year, World Oceans Day marked the commencement of the first Oceans Conf…

  • Report for September from The Congregation

    September 23, 2017

    Kathleen Glennon and I [Carmel Bracken] are currently creating a set of rituals around sustainability. Central to the rituals is a definition of sustainability by John Ehrenfeld who sees sustainability as “the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on the Earth forever.? This echoes the work of Thomas Berry around the full flourishing of all of life. We…

  • September Report from Sisters of Mercy Parramatta

    September 23, 2017

    This year we have been basically focusing on: 1.Networking and Lobbying for Environmental Protection 2..Earth Care/Sustainability, 3. Cosmological/Ecological Education and its relation to Spirituality Faith, Images of God, Life style etc. So far we have been educating ourselves and subsequently networking and advocating to stop the Adani Mine…

  • September Report from ISMAPNG

    September 23, 2017

    Among the events and activities are the following: In June, we appointed Mr Chris Hill as the Environmental Sustainability Project Manager. Chris has come to us from the Mater Health Services in Brisbane where he was the Director Environmental Sustainability achieving set targets for reducing emissions and costs. We have good reason to believe that Chris will achieve …

  • Mercy Global Action Aotearoa New Zealand report for September 2017

    September 23, 2017

    Sustainable Development Goals, Season of Creation, Atawhai mo te Ao: Mercy for Creation Sustainable Development Goals Ongoing reflection continues on the eight SDGs identified by Mercy Global Action as ?most relevant to the mission of the Sisters of Mercyü. Five of these have featured already this year in attachments to a monthly reflection, Imaging Merc…

  • MGA Cosmology/Eco-justice Committee Report from Newfoundland September, 2017

    September 23, 2017

    Celebration of the Season of Creation, Ecumenical Prayer Walk, Cosmic Walk, Summer Environmental Day Camp Celebration of the Season of Creation Two new Resources: 1. A Dialogue Guide for Laudato Siü published by CCCB Publications On August 31, the eve of the Season of Creation, an information session on “A Dialogue Guide for Laudato Si?, prod…

  • Brief Report on September Conference call with Cosmology / Eco-justice Group

    September 23, 2017

    ¼ On Thursday,14th September, 12 members of the MIA-Global Action ?Cosmology / Eco-Justiceü group from Australia, South Africa, Ireland, Newfoundland and the United States, 'met' via conference call. After a reflection on Creation, we moved to questions and comments on the reports participants circulated prior to the meeting, reflecting their activities and future plans. It was a …

  • Report from The Congregation on Cosmology/Eco-justice

    June 15, 2017

    My work continues to be about disseminating information to the sisters in the Congregation through our Province links system on issues to do with Ecology & Justice and to encourage the sisters to engage in petitions and lobbying work around such issues. …

  • Update on Cosmology/Eco Justice at Mercy Global Action at the UN – June 2017

    June 15, 2017

    Following the MIRP Review, MGA at the UN has adopted the term ?Degradation of Earthü as the name of one of our two priority areas. The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) – 16th Session (24th April to May 5th) The special theme for this yearüs forum was ? Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken…

  • MGA Cosmology/Eco-justice Committee Report from Newfoundland June 2017

    June 15, 2017

    ¼In all our programs this year at the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, using the lens of the Universe Story as depicted in the Cosmic Walk, we have been walking back in time to take the long evolutionary and relational view of who we are and where we are going. Our focus in particular for the remainder of the year will be on water, one of the first elements to flare forth in the universe,…

  • MGA Cosmology/Eco-Justice Committee Report from Australia and Papua New Guinea, June 2017

    June 14, 2017

    The activities in Australia and Papua New Guinea include the following: In November 2016, the Institute Leadership Team launched the Institute Sustainable Living Policy – an integrated approach to sustainable living. The aim of the policy is to achieve sustainable living across seven key areas – energy, water, waste, transport, procurement, investment and infrast…

  • Mercy Global Action Aotearoa New Zealand report for June 2017

    June 11, 2017

    Sustainable Development Goals: The year began for Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand and their partners in ministry with a focus on the UNüs Sustainable Development Goals. The goals were the focus of the yearüs first issue of Imaging Mercy Today, a monthly reflection developed for the management and staff of Mercyüs ministries in New Zealand. The February is…

  • Institute of the Americas June 2017 report

    June 11, 2017

    Mercy Sisters, lay associates and companions, co-workers, students, volunteers and friends stepped up their reflection on Laudato Si, integration of its challenges with their spirituality, and educational efforts and advocacy over the past few months. Among the efforts were: The Extended Justice Team committed at its meeting in fall 201…

  • August 2016 Report for Cosmology / Ecojustice Working Group from Newfoundland

    September 1, 2016

    Our focus over the last few months has been on the cosmic widening of an engaged spirituality, opening ourselves up to embody the immensities of mind and heart to live more consciously into the wholeness of life, or as Pope Francis reminds us, “to convert ourselves to a type of development that knows how to respect creation?. With this desire for a directional shift in cons…

  • Mercy Global Action Aotearoa New Zealand report for August 2016

    August 31, 2016

    A call to action on behalf of all who seek shelter, in a world which itself faces new and urgent threats, has come from Katrina Fabish rsm, Congregation Leader of Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. The focus on ?shelter for allü has been captured in a poster that bears the Maori inscription ?Te Whakaruruhau mo nga iwi katoaü. There is no …

  • Report on Activities across Australia

    August 30, 2016

    Across Australia, Sisters have been quite ecologically active in the second half of 2016 in conjunction with the MIRP process. The creation of the Mission & Ministry Unit for the Mercy Institute, led by Sr Elaine Wainwright, gives hope for the possibility and promotion of more concerted action. Leading up to the Federal elections in July, an on-line petition on moving to a lo…

  • Report from The Congregation August 2016

    August 29, 2016

    Since our last Conference Call I have continued to alert Sisters in The Congregation on issues of concern around Ecojustice/climate change etc. Also a lot of my time before the summer was spent on preparing for a workshop on Cosmology/Ecojustice and aspects of the Christian Tradition that I presented to two groups organised by the St. John of God Sist…