Ecology

Good Shepherd in Asia Pacific

Forging closer and stronger links of collaboration across borders

ECOLOGY

Desalination Project in Philippines In Philippines a Good Shepherd project restores water to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

Experiencing the ecological awakening

The Challenge

Science and theology offer reliable global insights about the interconnectedness of life and matter in all forms throughout the universe. This enriches our understanding of the world as a source of deep contemplation and sacred activity, calling us to the heart of what it means to be inclusive and reconciled in all ways with the Whole. It challenges us to re-evaluate prior perceptions, previous understanding, and unquestioned practices.

The Asia Pacific Region is home to the most abundant and diverse of animal and vegetative species on the planet.  However, we humans have looked at Mother Earth primarily in terms of what we can get from her. We have pillaged her resources and destroyed the balance of nature in the process.

The reality is that those with the fewest natural, environmental, and economic resources are those most harmed by environmental destruction. Those most vulnerable are women and children.  Likewise, indigenous communities suffer and are threatened by environmental destruction.

The Vision

Good Shepherd seeks to view our cosmos anew, with a vision of justice.

  • A new story of the Universe. 

  • A new understanding that we are not the masters of the earth but just one of the members in the community of life.

  • A Vision of the web of life as a system of connections where everything is interrelated, interconnected and inter-dependent.

Congregational Position Papers 2018

Congregational Position Papers 2018

In 2011, the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd published a set of Good Shepherd Position Papers to serve as a tool toward relevant development of programs, policy, and advocacy. This 2018 Position Papers update encompasses the Congregational Chapter Direction statement of 2015. It integrates insights of Catholic Social Teaching, including teaching of our current Pope Francis; it draws on the international work of our congregational nongovernmental organization (NGO) representative at the United Nations (UN), including the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework of the UN Agenda 2030.

Click here for Congregational Position Papers 2018 on Migration, Economic Justice, Girl Child, Trafficking, Prostitution, Integral Ecology.

 

The Solidarity

Parliament of the World's Religions 2019 Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

We stand together with people of goodwill everywhere calling for a new consciousness, a new identity, centred on the kinship of all creation and the implementation of Human Rights for all.

Parliament of the World's Religions

The 2019 Interfaith Rainforest Initiative is an international, multi-faith alliance that aims to bring moral urgency and faith-based leadership to global efforts to end tropical deforestation.  It is a platform for religious leaders to work hand-in-hand with Indigenous peoples, governments, civil society and business on actions that protect rainforests and safeguard those that serve as their guardians.

Click here - https://www.interfaithrainforest.org/

Interfaith Climate Declaration

At the UN Conference on Climate Change - COP23 - held in Bonn, Germany in 2017 scores of religious leaders and people of diverse faiths and spiritualities on bicycles, delivered a multi-faith statement, pledging to adopt sustainable behaviours themselves and calling on their followers and world leaders to do the same.

Click here - Interfaith Climate Declaration, COP23, Bonn Germany 2017

 

Good Shepherd Programmes/Projects

Good Shepherd projects and action with specific environmental focus:

  • Philippines.
  • Vietnam.
  • Thailand
  • Singapore/Malaysia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Nepal

Promoting new understandings of ecological spirituality.
Developing Green Policies. 
Developing regional awareness of practices which impact on the environment.
Participation in Earth Day. 

 

Resources

Creation Prayer

Click here - A Christian Prayer in union with Creation, by Pope Francis

Advent and Lent resources

Click here for Advent and Lent resources published in Newsbrief, a publication of USG-UISG Commission for Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation -

https://ecospiritualityresources.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/adventinthenewuniversestory-9-9-14.pdf;

https://ecospiritualityresources.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/lent-2015-creation-covenant.pdf.