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  • Report on Activities in South Africa

    March 12, 2016

    Since last conference call in 2015 we were involved in all the petitions, prayer and fast initiatives of the Global Catholic Climate Group as well continuing with our recycling projects in our various communities, schools and other outreach projects. Winterveldt continues with the food garden project which encourages mainly women in this very rural community to grow vegetable…

  • Report from Newfoundland

    March 10, 2016

    The logo of our Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice (MCEJ) depicting an image of planet Earth without boundaries or borders and with the Mercy Cross at the centre, a reminder of the divine energy of mercy and compassion, portrays the oneness and the sacredness of all creation. When this harmonious and unified sense of interconnection and interrelatedness touches into our dee…

  • Report from The Congregation

    March 10, 2016

    ¼ Much of my work since the last call has consisted in offering appropriate pieces to the province links of the Congregation for distribution to the general membership. Included here has been: o Information and requests to sign petitions on fracking – and the need to be vigilant with regard to its possible introduction here in Ireland o Requests to stan…

  • Cosmology/Eco-Justice Report 2016 Summary of Work plan for Aotearoa New Zealand

    March 8, 2016

    2016 has started very quickly for Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa New Zealand Mercy Global Action. A report on COP21 was made to the Leadership Team and subsequently released to Sisters to read. I have heard good comments and may need to wait for the congregational weekend for any possible or likely action that may come out of it. In saying that however, I have add…

  • Report from ISMAPNG

    March 7, 2016

    ¼ 2016 and all that As I enter more seriously into the patterns of 2016, I feel the need to plot my direction for the year. As I am of an age when I am most appropriately retired, the lines between my personal interests and spirituality, my Mercy involvement, and my Earth Link involvement are quite blurred, but definitely part of a single tapestry. I will comment on the str…

  • Report from Australia: An Appendix to that submitted by Mary Tinney rsm

    March 6, 2016

    Rahamim Ecology Centre is a ministry of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. Its mission is to promote the values of mercy and justice, as they contribute to the building of life-giving relationships within a resilient earth community. Located in Bathurst in rural NSW, the ministry seeks to embody a spirituality that animates care of the Ea…

  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Eco-Justice Report: February 2016

    March 4, 2016

    Over the past six months, Mercy has: ? advocated with other faith groups with the US Congress to ensure funding for the Green Climate Fund, which will assist poor nations with mitigating and adapting to climate change. ? welcomed 30 students from 6 Mercy colleges and universities to Washington, DC, in August to learn about our focus on sustainability…

  • Report on the ‘Meeting the Challenge of Climate Justice: From Evidence to Action’ Conference, Dublin, Ireland

    June 30, 2015

    Many members of the Mercy Family participated in this excellent international conference that was co-hosted by Maynooth University; Trocaire; and St. Patricküs College Maynooth. A number of speakers reminded us that 2015 is a critical year in addressing the impending climate emergency and charting a path towards a more sustainable future. The year will culminate in the UN Summit (COP21) in Paris, in December. Image: Mary Robinson del…

  • A Report on the Projects in Place at Georgian Court University, New Jersey, USA

    March 4, 2015

    In accord with the Mercy Critical Concern ?to reverence Earth and work more effectively toward the sustainability of life and toward universal recognition of the fundamental right to water,? Georgian Court University (GCU) has implemented many ?Earth- friendly? ideas and has earned the New Jersey Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. Below are some of the projects in place and expected to evolve and expand in the future. A D…

  • Planned Activities re Environment/Ecology 2015 in South Africa

    March 3, 2015

    Following are our planned activities: Rosebank Parish, Johannesburg: Mercy participation –¼ Elaine Pearton rsm Water Week: March Sunday: Special liturgy around theme of water – baptism of Jesus, Woman at the Well, etc. Monday: - Talk on economical use of water by Rand Water Board employee. Wednesday: - Visit a wetland near Johannesburg to pray together and think about ways of rehabilitating the degradation of th…

  • Plans for 2015 Ecology: Northeast Community (Americas)

    March 3, 2015

    These are the plans for this year: We are continuing to study Divestment and expect to meet with Mercy Investment Services, Susan Makos and Brian Piney from the Institute. I am beginning to hear voices of opposition to our shareholders advocacy stance. It is difficult to believe that that policy has merit when one is talking about the most destructive industry on the planet‘and when the action required is to keep these fuels in the g…

  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Cosmology and Environment Working Group Report

    March 3, 2015

    We are developing a “Path to Paris? agenda for education and advocacy leading up to the Paris climate talks in December. Included in this are: Advocacy with our faith and secular partners to defeat the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry very dirty tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. In the US this has become a symbol of either turning away from fossil fuel development or plodding ahead with business as usual wit…

  • ISMAPNG Action Plan

    March 3, 2015

    ISMAPNG generated this action plan in the course of widespread consultation about Mission priorities during 2014. The Action phase is just getting underway. Purpose:¼Across ISMAPNG promote a shift of consciousness and behaviour, based on a new understanding of our relationship with and responsibility for, the rest of creation. The action plan covers the following: Key Areas of Focus Means Named areas for advocacy fo…

  • 2015 Plan for the work of Cosmology/Ecojustice in Newfoundland

    March 3, 2015

    Goal: To promote awareness of a deeper consciousness of ourselves as members of one community of life with an ecological understanding of the spirituality flowing from the sacredness of all creation in order to create a more sustainable future. Objective: Inspired and supported by the vision of Mercy Global Action and networking with other groups and organizations we focus mainly on reaching the hearts and minds of adults and …

  • Towards Earth-Cosmic Wholeness: ISMAPNG

    July 8, 2014

    This resource group is a sub-committee of the Institute Mission Team. Margaret Endicott rsm is our liaison person with the Team. The people who were asked to be part of the group were Maryanne Casanova rsj, Patricia Fox rsm, Patricia Powell rsm, Anne Ryan rsm and Mary Tinney rsm. We met face to face once on 4 December, 2013. ¼ Read the report (PDF) - Mary Tinney rsm…

  • Report for Cosmology/Environment working group : South African Province (The Congregation)

    July 8, 2014

    I have been asked to represent our South African Province on this working group even though I am not really very active in this field. I have a very deep interest in the life of the Earth and helping to promote her health. Sr Marie McIntyre and I have worked with our staff of seven people to promote recycling and they have taken this on in a big way. We have a lot of recycling to do as we run a retreat/guesthouse on the Indian Ocean …

  • Responding: The Institute Justice Team (IJT)

    July 8, 2014

    The Institute Justice Team (IJT) is made up of three people who work out of the Instituteüs offices in Silver Spring, MD, just outside Washington, D.C. We are charged with responding to what are called the “critical concerns,? five areas that the Institute has identified for focus. Earth is one of those critical concerns, along with immigration, nonviolence, anti-racism and women. Given our location near the nationüs capital, we eng…

  • A report from the Ecology Director for the Northeast Community, Mary Pendergast rsm

    July 8, 2014

    The Cosmic story has been an allurement for many years now‘I have been a Montessori teacher of 3-6 year olds and caught glimpses of it in Maria Montessoriüs life and writings, got introduced with Matthew Fox and Creation Spirituality, lived and prayed at a Christian Meditation Center where I learned about the land and growing and the night sky‘every experience opened my heart to the interconnection. I had the opportunity to study with…

  • Sustainability activities in New Jersey

    July 8, 2014

    Currently I am teaching in the Biology Department of Georgian Court University. We have a special interest in sustainability here and continue to implement projects which highlight renewable energy, water conservation, and engage students in local and global advocacy for the rights of Earth. We partner with a local NGO, Bus for Progress, and attend many demonstrations to speak out against Fracking and the Keystone Pipeline, and in supp…

  • Activities at the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, Newfoundland

    July 8, 2014

    ¼ Fracking: At the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice (MCEJ) collaboration with international, national, and local networks is central to our work. With a focus on Fracking we are working closely with the following organizations: Newfoundland Fracking Awareness Network (NLFAN) : At the beginning of May, 2014, shortly after the release of a report by the “The Council of Canadian Academies' which rased glaring gaps with regard …