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Call for ecological conversion kicks off Hearing, Healing Hope national conference

Pope Francis released his environmental encyclical Laudato Si' on 18 June 2015. We've had time to read it, to digest it. Now we have the opportunity to live something of its call, and the first action we're invited to take is dialogue. This encyclical, the way it's structured, is dialogical.
 
The 2018 national Catholic social services conference, Hearing Healing Hope, was very fortunate to start with a team of experts encouraging us to consider what it would mean have a healthy earth and a flourishing society. Former director of Catholic Earthcare Australia Jacqui Remond unpacked the heart of the message of Pope Francis' Laudato Si.  Speaking the words above, she also said, "We can no longer look after the social and think someone else is looking after the ecological."
 
Recognising the importance of the land and our call to take care of it, and our Indigenous heritage, the evening commenced outdoors with the Acknowledgement of Country and smoking ceremony led by Sherry Balcombe of Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria.
 
Inside, as participants gathered in a circle, Dr Bronwyn Lay of Jesuit Social Services talked about going deeper in ecology, making it a part of an organisation’s culture - a process that is relational and restorative. Click here to view Ecology Practice Tips.
 
Aboriginal elder from Nauiyu (Daly River) Miriam Rose Ungunmerr Baumann shared the meaning of ‘dadirri’ - the deep inner spring inside us. "We call on it and it calls on us." Miriam Rose of the Miriam Rose Foundation has created a beautiful video that shares the meaning of dadirri, here.
 
The final speaker, Gavin Dufty, Manager of Policy and Rearch at the St Vincent de Paul Society broke down the ethics of electricity pricing. View Gavin's presentation, here.
 
An edited transcript of Jacqui's presentation has been published in Eureka Street, here.
 
Part of Jacqui's presentation, here, links to reports, actions we can take today, resources, and other ideas.
 
(Due to the large file size, to obtain a full copy of the presentation, please email).
 
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