Europe - British-Irish pooling of talents

The first meeting of the Joint Ecology Group of the British and Irish Provinces took place on Friday 13 November 2020. The meeting was a result of consultative discussions and planning undertaken by the Joint Apostolic Planning Commission (JAPC) of the British and Irish Provinces, headed up by Stephen Power SJ and Pat Nolan, respectively. The Joint Ecology Group was appointed by the British Jesuit Provincial, Damien Howard SJ, and the Irish Jesuit Provincial, Leonard Moloney SJ. The formation of this new group links the work of the Laudato Sí Research Institute at Campion Hall, Oxford, and the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in Dublin. The members of the group from the British Province are: Dr Celia Deane-Drummond, Director of Laudato Sí Research Institute; Stephen Power SJ; Mr Paul Chitnis; and Dushan Croos SJ. The Irish Province members are: Dr Kevin Hargaden, Director, JCFJ; Niall S. Leahy SJ; Dr Ciara Murphy, JCFJ; and Dr Pat Nolan (Facilitator). 

The inaugural joint-meeting, according to Kevin Hargaden, was very productive. It was agreed that certain issues of ecological importance would be addressed by select members of each province working together. Four working groups were established to explore the potential for joint initiatives in the following four areas: a) Divestments / Ethical Investments; b) Conversation on C.O.P. 26 (UN meeting on global climate change); c) Ignatian Spirituality and Ecology / Biodiversity; and d) Jesuit communities and Eco lifestyle. Read more…