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Friday, October 28, 2016
Manila: Columban statement on mission and climate change
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¬†Twenty five Columban delegates, from 14 countries, gathered in Manila from the 23rd September until 29th September 2007. We met in order to begin formalising a Society response to the challenges of Climate Change/global warming caused by human induced activities, recommended by the General Assembly 2006. As ordained and lay missionaries, co-workers, male and female, the delegates reflect the emerging diversity of Columban involvement in contemporary mission. A significant aspect of the Conference was the thorough preparation of the delegates. We came to a deeper realisation of the impact of destructive human activity on the earth. The presentation of papers reflected the fact that we, as a Missionary group, already have a significant engagement with climate changes issues. We have developed a competence and professionalism built on our longstanding connection with the poor among whom we work. Our research highlights that climate change is increasingly, and more severely, impacting on the whole earth community. These impacts have different nuances depending on where we live, from rising sea levels, the melting of glaciers and severe weather patterns. We are learning to be more humble in the face of what the Earth is saying to us now. The endangered Earth demands a new prophetic way of being missionaries. Therefore, climate change obliges us to review and change: ∑ Our corporate and individual lifestyles. ∑ Our administration of wealth and properties. ∑ Our ministries. ∑ Our advocacy for carbon reduction ∑ Our spirituality. ∑ Our theological reflection. ∑ Our formation programmes for ordained and lay missionaries. We hope that this review will include carbon audits in the regions where we work, greater efficiency in energy use and highlighting the positive contributions of many Columbans. Climate change is an unprecedented issue in recent human history, affecting every aspect of life on Earth. The magnitude, severity, and urgency of climate change is difficult to appropriate. We are called, as in the words of Pope John Paul II, to an ecological conversion. Our response to the crisis of Climate Change must be prophetic, and that is good news for the poor and the planet. Participants: Eamon Adams, Korea, Pat McMullan, Korea, John Huang, Taiwan, Rowena Cuanico, Fiji, Gerard Clarke, Fr Michael O'Sullivan, Ireland, Gloria Canama, Pakistan, Charles Rue, Australia, Kath Boyle, Australia, Amy W Echeverria, USA, Theresa Polk, USA, Michael Gormly, New Zealand, Eamon Sheridan. General Coordinator of Columban JPIC, Sean McDonagh, Columban Central Administration, Sean McNulty, China, Paul McCartin, Japan, Peter Hughes, Britain, Ellen Teague, Britain, John Din, Peru, Cesar Correa, Chile, Brian Gore, Philippines, John Leydon, Philippines, Brendan Lovett, Philippines, Lydio J Mangao, Philippines, Conrado Esemple, Philippines, Michael Maguire, Philippines (Facilitator)
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