Season of Creation

Jesuit Missions recently hosted a Seasons of Creation webinar which focused on beauty, justice and hope in the Amazon.Leah Casimero and Joel Thompson SJ joined the panel to help us think about our relationship with nature and how it affects climate change.Leah is an Amazonian activist and an indigenous woman of the Wapichan tribe. She attended last year’s Synod on the Amazon in Rome. Leah gathered together with bishops, indigenous witnesses and other experts to find new ways for the church to...
We are living through a climate and biodiversity emergency; how we talk about it matters. Framing of the climate and environmental discourse by media outlets shape the wider public’s opinions, while the absence of consistent coverage signals a lack of importance and reduces the general awareness of the crisis.The ecological emergency we are currently living though effects, in one form or another, every aspect of our lives. Yet, there is a dearth of integral ecological reporting in mainstream...
When I worked in Kenya with refugees in the early 1990s, there was a Kiswahili saying I heard often, “Wapiganapo tembo nyasi huumia,” which means, “When the elephants fight, the grass suffers.” Usually this is a way of saying that when big powers (nations, states, leaders) fight or go to war, it is the poor who suffer the most.  Or perhaps those “on the ground.”  This should be obvious to anyone who has ever opened a newspaper or seen a story online about the victims of war, or...
It is hard to imagine an issue that divides our communities so sharply as the call to care for our environment. The destruction of creation that has already seen dramatic changes to climate, species, air and soil quality and rising oceans. For believers care of the earth can never be seen as new, trendy or left-wing. The Bible is filled with images, calls and challenges to live in harmony with the created order. Rain, snow, seeds, sowers, fertile soil, and a labouring creation giving birth to...
I have never been persuaded by the argument from design.One of the classic ‘proofs’ for the existence of God, it argues from the complexity of the natural world to the existence of a designer, God. Its most well-known proponent is probably William Paley. If I stumble on a rock and am asked where it came from, he argues, I might say something like, “I don’t know. Maybe it’s always been there.” Were I to stumble upon a watch on the ground, however, I would not stop at such a response. Rather, the...
Does the hawk take flight by your wisdomAnd spread its wings towards the south?Does the eagle soar at your commandAnd build its nest on high?It dwells on a cliff and stays there at night,A rocky crag is its stronghold.Job 39: 26-28 (NIV)These questions are those that God put to Job in a great hymn to creation at a time when Job had lost everything. The season of creation invites us all to take a step back from our frenetic or otherwise broken lives to contemplate the natural world in all its...
In his autobiography, St. Ignatius of Loyola said that he received the greatest consolation “from gazing at the sky and stars,” which he did “often and for quite a long time.” Anyone with eyes can see the stars for themselves and feel immersed in their greatness. When we look at them often we begin to recognize their patterns, like old friends. By learning the traditional names of stars and constellations we are connected to our human heritage: Babylonian and Greek and Islamic, Indian and...
“If nature survives, adivasis will survive and if adivasis survive, nature will survive.” - this quote is from Dayamani Barla, an indigenous woman environment activist in India.Any indigenous person / community anywhere in the world might say the same. ‘Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms and new hope’ is the theme for this year’s season of creation. It invites us to renew our relationship with the Creator and the creation through 3 Cs: Celebration, Conversion and ...
In 2020 there is no task more urgent for Christians than to understand that we are creatures – and to take action accordingly.Living as a creature means knowing you are dependent on a Creator. Which is not obvious if you have been taught all along that you are your own creator. We used to talk about someone being a “self-made millionaire”; these days we are told we can be entirely self-made, reinventing ourselves from scratch. But creatures don’t decide who they are, what they look like or what...
St Mary’s Hall
During this Season of Creation which Pope Francis has called from the 1st September (World day of prayer for Creation) to the 4th October, some of our Jesuit schools across the UK have been looking at different ways in which they can 'Care for Creation', as expressed in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.On Friday 14th September, St Mary’s Hall welcomed Mr. Robert Turner who has worked with the Global Catholic Climate Movement who spoke in assembly about a Waste Recycling Awareness Project for...

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