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Moving from Denial to Sustainability via Wonder

Environmental scientist and writer Haydn Washington believes that we will not solve the environmental crisis unless we change our worldview and ethics, and to do so we must rejuvenate our sense of wonder at nature.


Our goal should be to look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted.
Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; to be spiritual is to be constantly amazed
-
Rabbi Abraham Herschel

About Haydn

Haydn has degrees in Ecology, Eco-toxicology (MSc) and Social Ecology (PhD).
He has worked as an Investigations Scientist in the CSIRO, as Director of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and as an environmental consultant.
Haydn has conducted many flora surveys as plant ecologist (e.g. in the Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Parks).
He has been a councillor on the Australian Conservation Foundation and a media officer for the Wilderness Society.
Haydn was Director of Sustainability at Willoughby City Council from 2007 to 2009, and wrote the first Sustainability Charter of any Council in Australia.

Date: Saturday May 25, 2019
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm.
Place: Catherine McAuley Room 6 Victoria Road, Parramatta, NSW, 2150
Parking: In grounds or church parking area opposite
RSVP: valda.rsm@gmail.com

Everyday I see or hear something which kills me with delight
- Mary Oliver

Remembering with Gratitude

As we remember with sadness past wars in which so many lives have been lost, we pray for the present areas of conflict and instability in our world.

 

In particular we pray for peace and justice in Syria, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Iran, Sri Lanka, Somalia, and Ukraine.


 

Wishing All a Happy Easter

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta rejoice as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.

May the love of Jesus permeate the hearts of all around the world bringing hope where there is despair, peace where there is conflict, and light where there is darkness.

Mercies Raise their Voices for Those Without a Voice

The Annual Palm Sunday Peace Rally, which is held in multiple cities around Australia, took the theme of “Declaring Peace on Refugees”, and drew support from a great variety of organisations and individuals. Many Women’s and Men’s Religious Orders were represented, along with representatives of other Christian and non-Christian Faith Traditions, Trade Unions, and Refugee Advocacy Groups, to name a few.

The Rally was addressed by a number of speakers. Mr Phil Glendenning of the Refugee Council of Australia and the Edmund Rice Centre, called on all present to provide the leadership on this issue, that our political leaders lack. He highlighted the many areas in which Australia’s current policies are at odds with our obligations under the United Nations Convention on Refugees, including the current detention of over 1,000 children.

Sr Susan Connelly, of the Sisters of St Joseph, also addressed the rally with passion and wisdom. She called for an end to the scapegoating of refugees and asylum seekers, and for all sides of politics to work together to stop the punishment of innocent victims seeking safety and security in Australia.

Following the address by speakers, the Sisters joined the thousands of others in attendance as they marched through the main streets of Sydney, raising their voices as they called “Say it loud, Say it Clear, Refugees are Welcome Here!”

Despite being drenched by the driving rain, the Sisters were determined to see the March through to the finish. The Sisters stand in solidarity with, and support of, those who have committed no crime but are detained in dehumanising conditions, having fled their homelands in search of safety and protection in Australia.

Declare Peace on Refugees - Palm Sunday March and Rally, April 13, 2014

Everyone has the right to live in peace, with justice and equality and that includes all asylum seekers. By declaring war on refugees, the Australian Government is alienating and dehumanising people who come to our country seeking the help we promised sixty years ago when the Menzies Coalition Government signed the United Nations Refugee Convention.

If you feel disturbed by Australia's response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers, join Sisters of Mercy and other concerned Australians in being a voice for those who have no voice. Be a part of the Palm Sunday March and Rally, Sunday, April 13th, 2014, beginning at 1.00pm, Hyde Park North, (near the fountain), Sydney.