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Year 8 Reflection Days

Last week all Year 8 students participated in their annual Reflection Day held at Edmund Rice Centre ‘Amberley’. The experience focused on our 2019 College theme Called By Name and the current area of study 'Being Catholic in Contemporary Society'.  The day consisted of prayer, live music, reflection, discussion and a celebration of Eucharist with Fr Kevin our College Chaplain.

Care for Our Common Home

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries in a global partnership. Goal 13 addresses Climate Action – a huge part of which is reducing our human impact on the environment.

Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’ has spoken of an ‘integral ecology’ – one that encompasses the environment, economic growth, social justice and human wellbeing – in other words, sustainable development for our common home. He reminds us that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach if it is to model the radical example of Jesus in the Gospels. It must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. 

Following the example of St Dominic and St Catherine we are truth seekers. As they did, we read the signs of the times and are called to respond to the area of greatest need. The current and ongoing ecological crisis is a sign of our times, a clear and present danger to our common home. 

As members of the Siena College Community we integrate measures to combat climate change into policies, strategies and planning for the future. Dominican theologian Edward Schillebeeckx said “What we proclaim cannot be separated from the lives we live.” So, do we live what we say we believe? Giving generously to Caritas, Vinnies, Kopanang and the Solomon Islands…but continuing to degrade and diminish creation by selfishly littering our shared buildings and grounds makes us hypocrites. It is crucial that we re-establish our authenticity as stewards of creation – and our very own Eco Warriors are leading the way.

 

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Year 8 Reflection Days

Last week all Year 8 students participated in their annual Reflection Day held at Edmund Rice Centre ‘Amberley’. The experience focused on our 2019 College theme Called By Name and the current area of study 'Being Catholic in Contemporary Society'.  The day consisted of prayer, live music, reflection, discussion and a celebration of Eucharist with Fr Kevin our College Chaplain.

Care for Our Common Home

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries in a global partnership. Goal 13 addresses Climate Action – a huge part of which is reducing our human impact on the environment.

Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’ has spoken of an ‘integral ecology’ – one that encompasses the environment, economic growth, social justice and human wellbeing – in other words, sustainable development for our common home. He reminds us that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach if it is to model the radical example of Jesus in the Gospels. It must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. 

Following the example of St Dominic and St Catherine we are truth seekers. As they did, we read the signs of the times and are called to respond to the area of greatest need. The current and ongoing ecological crisis is a sign of our times, a clear and present danger to our common home. 

As members of the Siena College Community we integrate measures to combat climate change into policies, strategies and planning for the future. Dominican theologian Edward Schillebeeckx said “What we proclaim cannot be separated from the lives we live.” So, do we live what we say we believe? Giving generously to Caritas, Vinnies, Kopanang and the Solomon Islands…but continuing to degrade and diminish creation by selfishly littering our shared buildings and grounds makes us hypocrites. It is crucial that we re-establish our authenticity as stewards of creation – and our very own Eco Warriors are leading the way.