Columbans Ireland

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.

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