What the SHEP Earth Initiative Has Been Doing
The work of the Initiative is voluntary. (This is based on a recognition of how much the problems facing the earth arise because so many of our relationships to each other and to the earth have come to be thought of primarily in economic terms.) These are some of the steps that have been taken so far.
• A Support and Development Group has been formed to help the Initiative find creative ways forward.
• An on-going SHEP group, calling itself the Cry of the Earth group, has continued.
• Evening sessions, called “Look, See, Think, Talk” session, with DVD’s and discussion related to the damage being caused to the earth, have been organised.
• A day-long workshop on spirituality and the earth, called Nourish the Spirit, Hope for the Earth, was organised, with Donal Dorr as facilitator.
• A peer-led training course, called Opening to the Earth, is well underway, with 23 participants, including many SHEP Trainers and Tutors.
• A day-long earth symposium from the international “Pachamama Alliance” has been organised with a follow-up week-end training course for people who may deliver this programme. Training in Delivering the Pachamama Symposium
• A tree-planting ceremony is planned in Páirc a’ Tobair to celebrate the collaboration with SHEP (See the recent version of the SHEP Nuacht for a report on this)
• Two seminars have been organised for September 2015 on the forthcoming papal encyclical on climate justice and the crisis facing the earth. (In Cork the seminar will be a day-long event (10.00 am – 4.00 pm), and in Killarney, an evening event (6.00 pm – 10.00 pm)). Click Web-site Bulletin re Encyclical Seminars or Cork Seminar Poster or Kerry Seminar Poster for futher information and to register call 021 4666180.