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Of pig skulls and seminarian-shamans: Identity and the middle ground

15 November 2012
La ciudad de Cambulo en Banaue, Ifugao, Norte de Filipinas. Foto de: Mark Lopez

Scholastic Mark Lopez, SJ More than any of our lectures or readings in our course on Doing Contextual Theology in Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples with Father Jojo Fung, SJ, four people impressed upon me the challenges and the fruitfulness that await those who tread this path of learning, theologizing, and struggling to find the...
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Silent spring to silent transformation: Six reasons for our environmental concern

30 October 2012
La Primavera silenciosa por Rachel Carson fue publicada hace 50 años en el septiembre de 1962. Foto de: Sterling College

Jaime Tatay, SJ This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring, a book written by Rachel Carson that prompted the concern about the environment in developed countries, exposing the dangers of pesticide use in farming, wildlife, and people’s health. Since the American biologist first drew attention to the effects of industrial...
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The Second Vatican Council and ecology

15 October 2012
Foto de: vatican2.org

The Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council or Vatican II, arguably the most important event in the contemporary history of the Catholic Church.  Pope John XXIII convened the Council to adapt (aggiornar) the Church to a world that appeared new and surprising.  Instead of the European...
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When faith inspires new understandings

30 September 2012
Foto de: Chrétiens et pic de pétrole

Chrétiens et pic de pétrole (Christians and Peak Oil) Chrétiens et pic de pétrole (Christians and Peak Oil) or CPP is a study group established in 2008 in Lyon, France which questions the culture of excess that has invaded Western consciousness. Its aims are to rely on the results of scientific and anthropological research...
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Governance of natural and mineral resources

15 September 2012
Miembros participantes de GIAN-GNMR, Londres, Septiembre 2012

Michael Livingstone Throughout the world, many communities are struggling to deal with the consequences of extraction and exploitation of natural and mineral resources.  The problems that poor and marginalised communities often face include the loss of lands on which their livelihoods depend, with little or no compensation, environmental degradation, health related impacts, and conflict...
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Ecological dimension of internal migration and displacement

31 August 2012
Inundaciones en Haití. Foto de: policyinnovations.org

Mariel de Jesus In a conference hosted by Jesuit institutes and universities from the Philippines and Europe, four thematics were increasingly seen as the drivers of internal migration: livelihood, resource tenure, vulnerability to environmental risk, and conflict. Ecology is seen as a critical dimension and a cross-cutting issue in the discussion of migration and...
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Where are we heading? From Bendum to Rio and back again

14 August 2012
Jaime Tatay, SJ. Foto de: Jesuitas y amigos trabajando por el futuro que queremos en Río

Pedro Walpole, SJ I went from a mountain village in Southern Philippines to attend the global meetings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the land of magnificent bornhardts and beaches.  Heading back up the mountains after the discussions, what do I have to bring with me and what do 50,000 other people returning home have...
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Buen Vivir of the youth in the People’s Summit

16 July 2012
Foto de: loquepodemoshacer.wordpress.com

Franclim Brito, SJ and Renato Costa The Society of Jesus in Brazil organised a workshop activity during the People’s Summit at Rio+20 last 21 June 2012 entitled “La juventud quiere el Buen Vivir,” loosely translated as “the youth want the right to a good life.”  Three Jesuit institutions jointly prepared this workshop: Fe y...
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Good intentions are not enough

30 June 2012
Good intentions are not enough

Jose Ignacio García, SJ “Good intentions are not enough” is precisely the title of an article (reprinted in ESSCNews) written by our colleague, Peter Walpole, SJ as he was returning from the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in 1992 and held in Rio de Janeiro, also known as the Earth Summit. Peter...
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Chut Wutty’s light

30 June 2012
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Gabriel Lamug-Nañawa, SJ Once in a while, someone comes along and flashes a light on things that make others uncomfortable. May we never exchange light for darkness. Death in the forest On a hot sunny day 26 April 2012 in southwest Cambodia, Chut Wutty, director and founder of the Natural Resources Protection Group, was...
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