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Rahamim Ecology Centre

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Sally Neaves

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Transcript of Rahamim Ecology Centre

Spirituality...
"There is a divine manifestation in the blaze of the sun and the fall of night." LS 85

Rahamim takes root...
December 2007
Rahamim Grows...
Water Story
Soil Story
Rahamim grows...
Upcoming Projects
Our Networks
Rahamim collaborates with...
The near future for Rahamim
Jubilee Year of Mercy
Special programs for schools in 2016
Mercy International Reflection Process

Peoples Climate March
29 November - Train to Sydney for school, parish and community groups
Questions
Please be in touch
Sally Neaves
Sustainability Educator
educator@rahamim.org.au
www.rahamim.org.au
Education at Rahamim
The Sustainability Educator works to...
Deliver programs on-site & off-site
engaging schools, community groups, holiday programs, adult spirituality, etc
Developing online learning facilities (LMS and live-stream)

Curriculum for Integral Ecology in schools
Primary Pilot Program (Geography/Religious Education)
Secondary Pilot Program (Geography/Science/Religious Education)
Big History Project
Programs for Teachers/Staff - Integral Ecology in schools, Spirituality of Catherine McAuley/Mercy today
The Mercy and Justice Centre
became the new ministry for the Bathurst Sisters of Mercy: "Rahamim Ecological learning Community"

Exploring what it means to be in "Right Relationship" with the Earth Community (especially in times of ecological crisis)

Rahamim
is a biblical Hebrew word meaning "Mercy" and "Womb-Compassion"
Patricia Powell rsm and Pat Linnane rsm
Ego/Separation
Eco/Integral
Pope Francis calls us to examine the root causes of our crisis, to an all-pervasive "Integral Ecology" which re-frames our
governance systems
,
spirituality, economic models,
etc
“That compassion, which underpins our work with people, now also needs to be directed to the earth.”
Education Programs
Water-retaining swales and tanks
Organic, Permaculture Principles
Energy Story
Biodiversity Story
Edible Garden Story
Solar & Wind
Bike Cinema Community Gardens
Chickens
Bees
Aquaponics
Indigenous Plants

Winter Spirituality Series (e.g. Ignatian Thread)

Sowing Seeds Sabbatical
Encyclical Series
Spirituality Days
The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all... Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life."
Wendell Berry
Bathurst Climate Change Action Network
Greening Bathurst
Institute of Sisters of Mercy Australia & Papua New Guinea
Bathurst Wholefood Co-operative
Bathurst Refugee Support Group
Charles Sturt University
Skillset
Catholic Education Office, Bathurst
Pacific Calling Partnership
Mercy International Association
Mercy Global Action
Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart
Catholic Leadership of Religious Institutes NSW
Josephite Justice Network
NSW Eco Mission
Global Catholic Climate Movement
Mission of Rahamim
Rahamim Ecology Centre contributes to the building of life-giving relationships within a resilient earth community.
Model a new way of
reverencing creation
, heritage, tradition and learnings of the first peoples.

Provide
educational programs
and opportunities promoting new understanding of the universe, science and theology.

Involve participants in projects enabling them to
integrate
practices of
sustainability and spirituality
in everyday life.

Collaborate
with others to
heal landscapes
and address critical environmental issues.
Earth Ethics
Cosmology
Values of Rahamim

Hospitality
that embraces all


Compassion
for all of creation


Justice and advocacy
in the Mercy tradition

Retreats
Advent/Easter
"Mercy impels us to extravagant hospitality, compassion and justice in the Earth community being shattered by displacement."
ISMAPNG Chapter Statement 2011
The Spirit of Life dwells in every living creature and calls us to enter into relationship..." LS 85
"...water is an issue of primary importance, since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. LS Chapter 1, #28
Ecological Thinking + Urgent Earth Ethic = Our Response
Mercy Global Action at the UN
Since 1998, full time presence in NY
Addressing Human Trafficking & Eco Justice
Approach: 1. Compassion
2. Addressing Root causes "WHY?"
3. Advocacy
Water and Sanitation Critical (LS Chapter 1)
"Rahamim holds an integrity. A testament to living in balance. This demands change at every level - myself included."
Denise Boyle 27/10/15
www.rahamim.org.au
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