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Bamboo Community: Living simply in solidarity and contemplation with others

15 July 2014
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Bamboo is a community open to all people who seek to live a life of deep connection with others and all creation, grounded in the mystery that underpins people’s lives. Seeking to be ‘contemplatives in action,’ Bamboo affirms life, love and justice through a commitment to three foundational principles: living simply, solidarity, and contemplation....
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A Lebanese exception: The Tanaïl domain and the challenge of managing a temporal good

15 June 2014
Le domaine Tanaïl, à l’entrée de la région de la vallée de la Bekaa, reste un lieu rare et exceptionnel au Liban avec son bois bien conservé, sa terre et ses produits laitiers, sa crémerie agricole à la fois productie et durable, et ses activités environnementales et touristiques. Crédit photo: arcenciel

arcenciel As you wind down Mount Lebanon towards Chtaura, the Bekaa valley unveils. The heterogeneous pattern of fertile fields and anarchic urbanisation is a reminder that Lebanon inherits its identity as much from millennial traditions as from the development dynamics of past decades. Very few trees break the monotony of this over exploited land....
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Communities and hope: Easter in Valladolid

15 May 2014
Communities and hope: Easter in Valladolid

José Ignacio García Returning to Las Cortas de Blas in Valladolid, Spain is always a joyful and pleasant experience and where we are welcomed in the house of Pady Miranda, a good friend. Pady’s house is located within the Torozos Mountains of Tierra de Campos in Castilla, now fully covered by a cereal crop....
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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Natural Environment: The Mississippi Symposium

15 April 2014
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Natural Environment: The Mississippi Symposium

Reverend Dr John Chryssavgis The world is charged with the grandeur of God! Gerard Manley Hopkins In the past two decades, the world has witnessed alarming ecological degradation, increasing failure to implement environmental policies, and an ever-widening gap between rich and poor. During the same period, perhaps no worldwide religious leader has been so...
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Ecology: Integrating our relationship with Creation into the mission

31 March 2014
Crédit photo: ignatiusguelph.ca

Peter Bisson, SJ Ecojesuit is happy to share with its readers the letter on ecology that Peter Bisson, SJ, Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in English Canada, sent out last February 2014. It has broad appeal and we hope that many will appreciate and pick up the solidarity. Thanks to John McCarthy, SJ for...
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Living and praying with the land

15 March 2014
Foto des: ignatiusguelph.ca

Andy Otto Situated on 600 acres of farmland in Guelph, Ontario, Canada is Loyola House, a Jesuit retreat house where I made an eight-day retreat. The expanse of land, agriculture, and miles of trails make it an ideal place for a retreat house. In fact, retreatants are encouraged to wander and pray with the...
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Ecology and Ignatian spirituality

15 February 2014
Un paisaje de las tierras altas en el norte de Mindanao, Filipinas. Foto de: P Walpole

José Antonio García, SJ The project of caring for the earth is so crucial to the future of humankind that all traditions – humanistic, scientific, or spiritual – ought to make a contribution. From this conviction, there arises the question whether Ignatian spirituality has some distinctive inspiration to bring to the service of the...
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Pope Francis’ call to be eco-revolutionaries

31 January 2014
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Al Fritsch, SJ A Christian who is not a revolutionary today is not a Christian. Pope Francis Being a Christian involves obedience. It’s easier to obey a superior we like unless he makes the likeable somewhat difficult. Jesuits, with our special vow, think this affable Pope is easy to follow when he asks us...
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GMOs in agriculture: Part of the solution or part of the problem?

15 January 2014
La modificación genética utiliza la biotecnología moderna para cambiar los genes de un organismo de manera no es posible a través de las técnicas de cultivo tradicionales, resultando en un organismo genéticamente modificado. Foto de: csiro.au

Jesús de Torres Genetically modified organisms or GMOs are formed by transferring genetic information and are not possible to be formed naturally. This includes the transfer of genes between taxonomically remote groups such as bacteria and animals or plants and animals. The methods used are varied and include modified natural vectors (i.e. viruses, bacterial...
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The commoditization of water and its social impact

27 December 2013
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Xavier Savarimuthu, SJ Water, once a synonym of life, is fast becoming the basis for disrupting life as we perceive it on Earth. Scenario 1: Faced with a task of feeding 8 billion (and counting) hungry mouths, agriculture is becoming more and more intense, with water usage (70 percent of the world’s freshwater is...
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