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Oct 18th
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Columbans to divest fossil fuels investments

Inspired by Pope Francis and in honor of September's Season of Creation and the Feast of St Francis, the Missionary Society of St. Columban pledges to take steps to divest from fossil fuels. In addition, we commit to putting resources into Positive Impact Investing alternatives.

Pope Francis is leading the way for Catholic institutions to choose a Divest – Reinvest strategy when he writes in the encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home, that "technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels ....needs to be progressively replaced without delay" (par. 165) and "A change in lifestyle could bring healthy pressure to bear of those who wield political, economic, and social power. This is what consumer movements accomplish by boycotting certain products" (par.206).

Interfaith Family Day

The Dublin City Interfaith Forum hosted a very successful Interfaith Family Fun Day in the lovely setting of Dublin's Merrion Square Park in the heart of the city.
Members of many different faith groups came together for food, games and conversation.
We were delighted also to welcome Syrian refugee families who travelled up to Dublin from Portlaoise where they are waiting to be resettled. They really enjoyed their day out.

New Advocacy Resource on Mining

The ‘Future We Need’ (FWN) is a faith-based group comprising members from the Columbans, Franciscans, Jesuits, Loreto, Mercy Family, Presentation and UNANIMA. It was set up after Rio+20 to promote education and advocacy on sustainable development issues.
Recently they published a resource , "Digging at our Conscience" that aims at raising awareness of the justice issues raised by mining activies all over the world.
Eamon Meehan , the executive director of Trocaire launched the booklet recent at the Mercy International Centre in Dublin.

Celebrating Sr Nivedita

The Dublin City Interfaith Forum marked the beginning of World Interfaith Harmony Week Event  with an exhibition and conference on the life and work of Margaret  Noble, also known as Sister Nivedita.

Margaret Elizabeth Noble was born on 28 October 1867 in the town of Dungannon.

Whilst working as a teacher in London she met Swami Vivekananda, an Indian Hindu monk who did much to introduce Western society to Hinduism.

Faith in the City - Indian Orthodox Church

The first in event in the Dublin City Interfaith Forum "Faith in the City"  took place in the Indian Orthodox Church in Cathal Brugha St in the heart of Dublin city.

"Faith in the City"  invites people to come together  us to explore together the changing religious landscape in Dublin City, and is hosted by a diferent community each night.

Members of the Jewish, Islamic, Baha'i , Hindu Budhhist and various  Christian communities came along to learn about the faith and tradition of this very ancient Church which is relatively new to Ireland.


Love not Hate campaign

Ireland, unlike most other EU countries, has no hate crime legislation.

Action Against Racism, a group of people from diverse Minority Ethnic backgrounds who are committed to justice, equality and an Ireland where racism and hate have no place, are calling for the government to enact the Criminal Law (Hate Crime) Bill immediately to protect  minorities in Ireland

What is Hate Crime?

hate crime is, typically, a violent crime motivated by prejudice, when a perpetrator targets a victim because of their perceived membership of a certain social group.

Hate crime has two important elements:

Dealing with Islamophobia

Recently ENAR Ireland (The Irish Network Against Racism). a national network of anti-racism NGOs, held a one day conference called "Understanding and Responding to Islamophobia in Ireland ".

The keynote speaker was Arun Kundnani who writes about race, Islamophobia, political violence, and surveillance. Author of "The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror", he gave a very clear outline of the background and context of how the "War on Terror" rhetoric, increasingly framed by talk of "radicalisation" is giving rise to suspicion and surveillance of Muslim communities.

Laudato Si’ and All God’s Creatures, Small and Great: The Importance of Biodiversity.

On march the 19th the Columbans are holding a seminar on the theme "Laudato Si’ and All God’s Creatures, Small and Great: The Importance of Biodiversity", in Dalgan Park.
Amongst the speakers will be Dr John Feehan, Fr Dermot Lane, Dr Tomas Murray and Columban Sean McDonagh.
The seminar brings together science and theology to discuss the challenges posed and possibilities opened up Laudato Si'

Details as follows:

Dublin City Interfaith Forum

The Dublin City Interfaith Forum got of to a busy start this year.
Our first meeting and indeed AGM was held in the beautiful surroundings of the Chester Beatty Library. Michael O'Sullivan from the Columban Centre took over the reins of chairperson for the year.
The meeting drew up  plans for the year including:
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