Eco-Congregation Ireland is holding its inaugural conference in Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre, near Newry, on Friday and Saturday 14th and 15th September 2012. Friends throughout Ireland are warmly encouraged to attend.
Tony Weekes of South Belfast Meeting will lead a workshop on Finance for a Fair Future. Gillian Armstrong and Fiona Murdoch of Rathfarnham Meeting are among the organisers. Gillian is the Quaker rep on Eco-Congregation Ireland and Fiona is their Communications Officer.
The theme will be God’s Creation – Our Responsibility? with talks and workshops on a variety of topics related to faith and the environment.
The speakers will include Alastair McIntosh, the Scottish Quaker academic and author of Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and Spirituality. Others will be Prof Stephen Williams of UnionTheologicalCollege, Belfast and, from England, Prof David Horrell, Dr Anne Primavesi and Rev Peter Owen-Jones. Peter, an Anglican clergyman, author and television presenter will be making a presentation and leading a workshop. His BBC documentaries have included Around the World in 80 Faiths and How to Live a Simple Life.
Workshop topics will include God’s creation and poetry, Celtic spirituality, Ecology and the economy, Climate change, How to become an eco-congregation and Helping children and young people nurture respect for the earth.
Participants are welcome to attend all, or part, of the conference. See http://ecocongregationireland.com/archives/3349 for further details and to download a booking form. Look out for booking forms in your Meeting too!