Exploring Pope Francis’ Integral Ecology

Review the full program of the Exploring Pope Francis’ Integral Ecology five-day event.

Rahamim Ecology Centre, Bathurst NSW
Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October 2019

“...how inseparable is the bond between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace...” Laudato Si’

Day 1: Welcome and introductions





Arrive by 1pm

Session 1

Welcome and introduction

Afternoon session

Welcome to Country

Session 2

Story and experience: you are invited into reflect on, explore and share your experiences and expectations of the program

Evening session

Evening ritual: Story of the Universe under the Stars – Sr Patricia Powell rsm

Day 2: The broader context




Session 3 and 4

The broader context: explore and critically examine economic, social, scientific, political and cultural causes of our ecological crisis


Core guiding texts (prescribed reading): Laudato Si’, Chapter 1: What is happening to our common home; Laudato Si’, Chapter 3: The human roots of the ecological crisis

Session 5: excursion

Getting to know the Bathurst bioregion - Excursion: Getting to know the Bathurst Bioregion – Councillor John Fry and Local Aboriginal Elders – “Story of the River”

Evening session

Conversation and sharing

Day 3: Wisdom and tradition I




Session 6, 7 and 8

Wisdom and tradition I: key biblical and theological insights of Laudato Si’


Core guiding text (prescribed reading): Laudato Si’, Chapter 2: The Gospel of Creation

Evening session

Conversation and sharing

Day 4: Wisdom and tradition II/Action




Session 9 and 10

Wisdom and tradition II: new questions brought to traditional models of biblical, theological and spiritual reflection on creation and stewardship


Reflecting on the input and assessment tasks

Session 11: excursion

Excursion and Input: Professor David Goldney – key historical/ecological sites in the local area.

Evening session

Green drinks (including light dinner)
Discussion panel and Q&A (open to the public)
Speakers: Professor Elaine Wainwright rsm; Fr Paul Devitt, Vicar, Diocese of Bathurst; and Adele Howard rsm (facilitator)

Day 5: Action




Session 12 and 13

Exploring responses to the challenges of our times


Core guiding texts (prescribed reading): Laudato Si’, Chapter 5: Lines of approach and action; Laudato Si’, Chapter 6: Ecological education and spirituality

Session 14

Guidance on assessment tasks for those seeking academic credit


Closing ritual and farewell


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