Liverpool Justice and Peace conference: ‘Faith and Creation: A Call to Mission’

Join Columban missionaries, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, the Liverpool Justice & Peace Commission and others for a day exploring responses to Pope Francis’ recent environment encyclical Laudato Si, on Saturday 24th October 2015, 10am to 4pm at The Conference Centre, LACE, Liverpool.

Laudato Si: On the Care of our Common Home is a reminder to all Christians that care for creation is a core element of our faith. Issues of particular concern highlighted include Climate Change, Impact of Large-Scale Mining, Loss of Biodiversity, and Access to Fresh Water. The Columban missionaries have long been a prophetic voice in the campaign for greater awareness of climate change and its impact on the poorest communities.

Ellen Teague of Columban JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) and Dominican John O’Connor OP will speak and set the scene for participants to engage in practical action. The day will continue with the celebration of Mass by Archbishop McMahon OP and an afternoon dedicated to exploring Laudato Si’ more deeply in groups, using the Columban Laudato Si Study Programme. Then there will be a practical sessions looking at ways in which all those who attend can contribute to the care of our common home.

Facilitated by James Trewby of Columban Justice & Peace Education, the day is organised as a gesture of thanks for the welcome and generous support the Columban missionaries have received from Liverpool’s parishes when they were visited for the Annual Mission Appeal. It is open to anyone interested in taking part. The Columban Mission Appeal Team will be there.

Ellen Teague has been working with the Columban Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Team for 25 years and is a long-time campaigner for greater awareness of the devastating impact of climate change, especially on the poor. Ellen will draw on Laudato Si and the experience of Columban missionaries to illustrate the ecological crisis facing the world and its human roots.

John O’Connor OP is Prior and Secretary of Studies at Blackfriars in Oxford, a Dominican Friar, Catholic priest and moral philosopher. He will give an introduction to the theology of creation presented in Laudato Si and the lines of approach and action we can take from a faith perspective.

Register to attend via http://www.columbans.co.uk/news/faith-and-creation-a-call-to-mission/

or contact Helen Dufficy in the Columban Mission Office Tel: 01564 772 096 E-mail: helen.dufficy@columbans.co.uk

There is no charge for this event, but a voluntary donation of £10 per person is suggested. All those attending will receive a welcome pack, with a copy of Laudato Si, and lunch.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Links:
http://www.columbans.co.uk/news/laudato-si-columban-study-and-action-guide/
http://www.columbans.co.uk/news/laudato-si-video-resources/
http://www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Campaign-resources

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