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Caring for Creation 22nd October Lancaster

Caring for Creation  “Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is first and foremost, up to us” Pope Francis LSi 160  A day exploring hope for the future and our role in this  

How fortunate those of us who were able to attend the one day conference “Caring for Creation” were to benefit and be in the company of such gifted, informed and thought provoking speakers. It is a rare event indeed which collects together at the same time and in one place such a committed and theologically grounded group of people.

The day began with an inspiring reflection, a litany of our creation story from Fr Tom Cullinan, (available download).  Fr Hugh then set the context of the day and  the signs of hope.

Pat Gaffney (General Secretary of Pax Christi UK ) told us to run with the visions of our faith and lobby the government to get behind the banning of nuclear weapons, challenge the financing of nuclear weapon development,  to put forward positive models of security  and alternative investment and celebrate stories of peacemaking. to watch talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A97KN_1F2E 

Paul  Bodenham (Green Christian) spoke about travel and transport or living locally, having a dependency culture or one of hypermobility.   Hypermobility results in wider and shallower regions of social activity degradation of the social and physical environment.  By contrast he said if you go  local you grow and when you buy local you enrich your neighbourhood and your dependency on each other. This is simplified but Paul asked whether we can de-couple economic growth from    resource use and the evidence for the last twenty five years  is not  encouraging.

To view Sue Holden and Paul Bodenham talks: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5UUtVasGFc-NOON0EsJsSJbr41FsklO7

Lya  Vollering reflected on the joy  in working with the soil and growing to eat at any scale whether a plant on the window-ledge or in an allotment. We also heard from Ann about the “Fur Clemt” cafe in Wigan that turns food destined for landfill into meals for the community. (Fur Clemt is local dialect for “very hungry”)

Sue Holden from Positive Money  explained an alternative understanding of money.

Paul Kelly spoke on  Energy and gave us clear information on energy generation and how energy is used. He spoke about Government policies, both past and current and how the Government is responding to  existing commitments. The current policy will not be enough to deliver the existing carbon budgets that Parliament has set.

Paul reminded us that we must find “a firm purpose of amendment.   This in turn must translate into concrete ways of thinking and acting that are more respectful of creation.” LS211 and

“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” LS160 

To view all the talks: https://www.facebook.com/jpliverpooljp/videos/

 Organised by Liverpool Archdiocese Justice & Peace Commission and Lancaster Faith & Justice Commission


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