Paul Bodenham is the Chair of Green Christian, a UK Passionist Partner, and here reflects on the charity’s work and mission.
Over the last year we have seen a succession of dire scientific reports on the environment. Surely now no-one can now doubt the crisis we’re in. With climate change approaching tipping-point, dwindling wildlife, and rising tides of plastic waste, this is a hard time to hope.
On the face of it there are two alternatives: succumb to despair, or whistle a happy tune and kid yourself that easy solutions are in our reach. If we talk about the environmental crisis at all, we incline to one or other of these alternatives. In our heart of hearts many of us know that they are both dangerous fallacies. But there is a third way.
What goes on Behind the Walls?
The new Eco Community at Minsteracres, currently Lya, Michael and Scott, have just published their first newsletter.
“It could be quite mysterious having a group of people working behind high walls, seemingly closed off from the wider community. Knowing a little about the three of us, there may be a temptation to fill in the blanks!
What are we doing here in the walled garden?
Firstly we are a Christian/Passionist response to the suffering of the earth.
Ron Davoran CP, is community leader of the Sydney based community at Marrickville, Australia. Ron took a trip to Ghana in 1999 and to New Orleans in 2018, where he visited sites connected with the slave trade. His writing this history was motivated by the recent wave of ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests that have swept through the USA and have spread throughout the world.
Read the illustrated post here