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A soul-sized challenge in turning our consciousness and actions 180 degrees

31 March 2017
In May 2016, it was reported that five vegetated reef islands in the Solomon Islands in southwest Pacific vanished, with a further six experiencing severe receding shorelines, due to sea-level rise. This emerged from an Australian study that analyzed coastal dynamics from a sea-level rise hotspot by Simon Albert, et al (http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054011), who used time series aerial and satellite imagery of the 33 islands from 1947 to 2014, along with historical insight and local knowledge. Photo credit: un.org

John Surette, SJ Ecojesuit shares this timely piece from the National Catholic Reporter, as John Surette, SJ urgently reminds us of the soul-sized challenge in turning our consciousness and actions 180 degrees to respond to the climate disruption that humanity faces this century. In biblical times, repentance manifested itself in external signs such as...
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GC36 and Laudato si’, reconciliation in the world

31 October 2016
Plus de 200 délégués à la 36ème Congrégation Générale de la Compagnie de Jésus se sont rassemblés à Rome et ont élu le Père Arturo Sosa comme nouveau Supérieur Général, succédant au Père Adolfo Nicolás. Ils ont aussi abordé les questions de mission, de gouvernance et l’état de la Compagnie dans un monde en rapide évolution.. Crédit photo: gc36.org

Father Arturo Sosa, elected last 14 October as the 31st superior general of the Society of Jesus during the 36th General Congregation, is calling for a “reconciliation in the world” that means “we have to strive for reconciliation between human beings, reconciliation with God and reconciliation with the created world.”  Jesuit responses to a...
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Global Jesuit work in the environment

30 September 2016
“…how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.” (Laudato si’, 10). Photo credit: P Walpole

Savarimuthu Ignacimuthu, SJ In a special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies, we highlight the works of Jesuits vis-à-vis the environment from the perspective of various regions in the hopes of fostering a fruitful cross-cultural conversation that is needed within the Society. In his discussion of the environmental activities of European Jesuits, José...
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Justice and ecology in GC 36

15 September 2016
Un estudio de marzo de 2015 de la Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación informa que los agricultores de los países en desarrollo son los más afectados de los desastres naturales, en especial los efectos clima. Foto de: newsroom.unfccc.int

Patxi Álvarez de los Mozos, SJ It was during the General Congregation (GC) 32 in 1975, when the Society of Jesus in describing its mission, mentioned the word “justice.”  Since then, our mission can be identified under the expression of “the service of faith and the promotion of justice.” Justice has multiple meanings, both...
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Renewing ecological life and mission

30 June 2016
Approfondir l’action écologique parmi les participants à l’atelier JCAP en tant que communautés de pratique. Crédit photo: A Ignacio

JCAP Reconciliation with Creation team Beginning with gratitude and reflecting on the letter of Father General Adolfo Nicolás in preparation for the 36th General Congregation, the Reconciling with Creation Reflection workshop recently held at the Culture and Ecology Center in Bendum, Bukidnon, Philippines renewed life and mission for 35 participants from 10 member countries...
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The Society of Jesus and Ecology

29 February 2016
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Patxi Álvarez, SJ (translated from Spanish by Joseph V Owens, SJ) There is an increasing ecological sensitivity in human communities throughout the world.  Our conscience pains us as we behold the mounting evidence of environmental devastation: contamination of air and soil, accumulation of toxic residues, cataclysmic natural disasters, extinction of species, and extreme climatic...
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Discovering Christ through the beauty of ecology

30 November 2015
La beauté de nos paysages et l’intégrité de nos moyens de subsistance et de notre mode de vie nous invitent à la louange (Loyola, Pays Basque). Crédit photo: P Walpole

Pablo Martínez de Anguita, PhD As Pope Francis stated in his encyclical Laudato si’, the current environmental crisis, global in scope and local in impact, requires major changes in how we think about our world and its future and multi-disciplinary efforts are needed to produce solutions to our interconnected environmental problems. During the last...
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Strengths and weaknesses of Ignatian spirituality in the path towards ecological conversion

31 October 2015
«Si nous nous approchons de la nature et de l’environnement sans cette ouverture à l’étonnement et à l’émerveillement, si nous ne parlons plus le langage de la fraternité et de la beauté dans notre relation avec le monde, nos attitudes seront celles du dominateur, du consommateur ou du pur exploiteur de ressources, incapable de fixer des limites à ses intérêts immédiats. En revanche, si nous nous sentons intimement unis à tout ce qui existe, la sobriété et le souci de protection jailliront spontanément.» (Laudato si’, n.11) Crédit photo: P Walpole in Bendum, Philippines

José Ignacio García, SJ Ecology has become a crucial topic of our time. The present model of economic development based on huge industrialization and the consequent consumerism has become the core of our social life. This model is sustained by other important elements such as technological innovation, the advertising industry, and financial activity. There...
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From Cardoner to the Amazon: Water from the same Source

30 September 2015
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Fernando López, SJ and Arizete Miranda, CNS-CSA, translated to English by Joseph Munitiz, SJ “Do you see the light now?” the Xapori (shamans) of the Yanomami tribe were asking those being initiated after a night passed in purification and preparation. “Do you see the light?” they insisted, as they prayed and sang and danced,...
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Broadening the dialogue for transformative values: Attitudes, simplicity, and social inclusion

15 September 2015
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GIAN-Ecology The Stockholm Dialogue that we are pursuing in November 2015, is one of values with science, between those motivated by human spirit and faith and those in the scientific community, and recognizes the work that science is doing and also the growing need to build bridges with broader society in seeking a more...
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