The development that is most changing Humanity’s current consciousness is “the new cosmology” of cosmic and natural sciences. For the first time, we have a scientific view of the Universe: its origins, its dimensions, its evolution, the galaxies, stars, planets, and life. This means we have a very different vision than that which we previously held.
In this new “revelatory experience,” the divine element of reality is manifesting itself to us in a new way. Religions need to feel the ecological kairos of this hour and return towards the cosmos and nature, overcoming the current divorce between science and spirituality, between religion and reality. Accepting the challenge of ecology does not mean including “the care of nature,” as one more moral imperative. It is something more: it is a complete “ecological reconversion” of religion itself. Read more.
It is a reflection on the interreligious and intercultural encounter based on Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth. Look at the slides presentation inspired by Kam Sié Mathias’ in « African Tradition of Hospitality and Interreligious Dialogue: Reflection ». See the presentation.
What is a prophet?
« The prophet evokes a perception of reality different from the perception of the dominant culture that surrounds us … He criticizes the dominant culture. He gives energy to people and communities and promises them a situation towards which the community can move forward … » (Walter Brueggemann).
The prophet is a man / woman who:
- Has received a special grace from God.
- He watches and his eyes and his ears are attentive and he see
- He watches and his eyes and ears are attentive to see in reality what others do not see: signs of God’s action. Read more.
“ A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. ” Desmond Tutu 1999
The concept of ubuntu defines the individual in terms of their several relationships with others, and stresses the importance of ubuntu as a religious concept. The Zulu maxim umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (« a person is a person through other persons »)suggests that the person is to become one by behaving kindly towards humanity. Those who uphold the principle of ubuntu throughout their lives will, in death, achieve a unity with those still living. Read more.
The AEFJN Manual on Economic Justice for JPIC groups working on JPIC issues is an excellent tool to learn how to go about in the commitment to transform society following the Pastoral Circle.
In the different chapters of the manual you can find:
1. Economic policies and the Christian response
2. The Pastoral Circle
3. Knowing the situation.
4. Analysing the situation.
5. Christian Reflection.
6. Planning the action
7. Implementing the action.
8. Monitoring and Evaluation.
The 1st September the Catholic Church celebrates the Day of Prayer for Creation. But the whole month of September till the 4th of October, feast of St Francis of Assisi, many Churches and many Catholics celebrate the Season of Creation, a time to take care of creation in a special way. We offer some reflections and prayers for each week of the Season of Creation.
September 1st was proclaimed as the World Day of Prayer for Creation by the Orthodox Church in 1989, and many other Christian churches have joined since then, with Pope Francis most recently in 2015. It was then extended to be a month-long Season of Creation, ending on October 4 (Feast of St. Francis). It is a time to pray, do symbolic gestures and take action for creation. See the planning tool kit.
Geocide is the collective action of a single species among millions of other species which is changing planet Earth to the point that it can become unrecognisable and unfit for life. But we still have a chance!
We are on a kind of modern pilgrimage; a difficult but infinitely rewarding journey towards a sustainable world, fit for human habitation… We know that the earth and all the myriad forms of life living on its land and under its seas are unlikely to withstand an increase in temperatures beyond 2 degrees… Read more.
A reef of gold is buried in some of the world’s poorest countries. Where the ore is rich, industrial mines carve it out. Where it is not, the poor sift the earth. These hard-working miners include many thousands of children. They work long hours at often dangerous jobs in hundreds of primitive mines scattered through the West African bush. Read more.
Volatile gas and food prices, rising sea levels, warming temperatures, the frequency of floods and terrifying storms are harbingers of a global reality spun out of control threatening the world’s most vulnerable people and species with starvation, poverty and extinction. Yet, the outcomes are not written in stone. We are at a moment where some important shifts in economic structures and “business as usual” could radically improve the outcomes for the entire planet.
Different Christian organizations in the USA have built a strategic alliance of people of faith and secular organizations and communities actively seeking economic and ecological justice. Read more.
In 2016, the estimates of modern slavery in Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for approximately 13.6 percent of the world’s total enslaved population. In Ghana, there are an estimated 103,300 people enslaved y, of which 85 percent are in forced labour (farming and fishing, retail sales, manual labour and factory work), and 15 percent are in forced marriage. In South Africa, the commercial sex industry, manual labour industries (construction, manufacturing and factory work), and drug trafficking are the sectors with greater slaves… Read more.
15 years of migration in 15 mesmerizing maps
Since 2015 Europe talks about a huge flow of migrants. But, what does that flow actually look like compared to the rest of the world?
We present a series of maps that detail over a 16-year span from 2000 to 2015 where migrants are leaving and arriving.
Data comes from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Each red dot represents 17 refugees arriving in a country, while yellow dots represent refugees leaving their home country behind.
The resulting maps are nothing short of mesmerizing. See the maps.
Like every other month we organized a meeting of the Reading Club at our library in Oran. This time the theme was migration. We took care to invite sub-Saharan migrants who have lived in Algeria for many years, to allow for an exchange close to reality. Our reflection and discussion were not limited solely to the current migration in Algeria of the Sub-Saharans, but also to the world and the history of Algerian migrations to various horizons, especially after independence. Read more.
« We are glad that there is someone who can visit these prisoners; you can count on us » said to Mari Angeles the director of Laghouat prison, when she went to the Laghouat prison some days ago. The joyful reception received from the staff and especially from the director of this large modern prison buried in the desert of Laghouat has edified and encouraged her to go regularly. Read more.
An elderly French lady had come with a group of tourists to visit Algeria. On the day of her arrival in Ghardaïa she fell in the hotel and broke her hip. Her traveling companions continued their tour while God reserved for her another form of tourism. Poor lady…she remained on her bed in the hospital. Zawadi was asked to come and rescue her, to speak to her in French. Read more.