Ecology and Eco-Spirituality
The Ecology and Earth Literacy Office of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul is a direct response to a written commitment made by the congregation at its 1994 Chapter.
MANDATE: To carry out Directional Statement #5 which states: “WE PROMOTE RE-DISCOVERY OF OUR SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH THE EARTH THROUGH ON-GOING EDUCATION AND ACTION IN THE AREAS OF:
- ECOLOGY AND HEALTH
- ECOLOGY AND THE WORK ENVIRONMENT
GOAL: To strive to live in harmony with all of creation. This is done through consciousness-raising, education, witnessing, workshops, communal conversion and networking.
OBJECTIVE: to seek a deeper understanding of the New Cosmology and its’ implications for living in an ecologically sensitive way.
We promote non-violence, simplicity and moderation with regard to the Earth and its bounty. By living sustainably and simply in a balanced relationship with all Creation, we witness to others our respect for the Earth and Life in all its diversity.
The Ecology and Earth Literacy Office often collaborates with other Sisters of Providence ministries such as the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary and the Integrity of Creation part of JPIC.
by Sister Shirley Morris
More than six million Canadians join one billion people in over 170 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity.
Environmental challenges abound as our daily actions pollute and degrade the fragile environment that humans and wildlife depend on to survive.
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Sister Shirley Morris and Cate Henderson welcomed visitors to the Greenhouse to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. View full article »
“We desire and commit ourselves individually and corporately to consciously live non-violently our present reality. This will be manifested in our relationships of mutuality and solidarity with God, ourselves and all creation.” View full article »
By JC Kenny
The following article, which originally appeared in the September 1999 edition of AgriNews, is reproduced here with the permission of the author.
Most drivers passing by the pristine Sisters of Providence buildings on Kingston’s Princess Street here would never guess that important horticultural history is being made on the premises. View full article »