3 hours / Saturday, 1 August 2015: 10h00-13h00, LR5
Please use the main entrance on 53 Ley Road / light refreshments will be served
'The Earth... our common home... is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us... [a] sister [who] now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her' (Laudato Si', #1,2).
The promulgation on 18th June of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment has been met with praise – and some criticism – throughout the world. At St Augustine College we recognise the document as a gift to the Church and the world, perhaps the most significant writing since the Second Vatican Council. While the central concern of Pope Francis is the environmental crisis we all face, he situates this crisis in a much larger biblical, theological, cultural, economic and social context. Until we shift our understanding of the place of the human species in relationship to God, one another, the created order, even in our own self-perceptions, we will not grasp the full extent of the conversion we are called to in this significant work.
We invite everyone to join our 3-hour workshop aimed at furthering Pope Francis' teaching and discussing the ways of its implementation in the specifically South African contexts. This will take place on Saturday 1 August between 10h00 and 13h00 in LR5 and will be followed by light refreshments.
The workshop will be divided into three major parts:
1) Background and ecological insights of the encyclical in an African context (Dr Nontando Hadebe)
2) Theological foundations and spiritual implications of Laudato Si' (Dr Jakub Urbaniak & Dr Judith Coyle)
3) Social, political and economic ramifications of Pope Francis' message (Prof Marilise Smurthwaite)
The last hour will be devoted to the discussion between all the participants and the presenters.
In the meantime, we encourage an ongoing study of the document as well as engagement with the multiple commentaries it has already generated, and look forward to further discussion as to its implications.