Ireland has rich heritage of Celtic spirituality, rooted in nature, the cosmos and the web of life. You only have to visit St.Kevin’s Monastery in Glendalough to get a glimpse of the way the ancient saints and scholars saw all life as “one”. For centuries, if not millennia, human communities understood themselves as within that web, finding the divine in the wondrous mystery of the created world. For Christians, this interweaving is beautifully captured in St. Patrick’s breastplate…
Whilst this great Celtic tradition of eco-spirituality has been kept alive in some spaces, particularly monasteries like Glenstal Abbey and the wonderful Tearmann Spirituality Centre mainstream religion and society has all but abandoned it. We seldom pray outdoors. We even worry that those who love nature somehow love “God” less! Or worse – worship “false gods”! Yet at the most deep level, at the level of “what matters most” tackling climate change means somehow recapturing that ancient link with nature – remaking it for the 21st century. Whatever faith tradition you follow, making time to rediscover and appreciate the presence of the divine in nature is perhaps the fastest way to heal our world. Here are some great resources to help on that journey.
Eco-Congregation is a wonderful ecumenical organisation promoting green parishes and supporting groups in Ireland and internationally to lower their carbon footprints and engage with care for creation.
Green Faith. is a global inter-faith network working across many different religions to promote care for the earth. The website has wonderful resources from right across the world.
The Global Catholic Climate Movement is an international movement working to bring Pope Francis’ ecological letter Laudato Sí to life. It has many programmes including becoming an online training on how to become an ecological animator in your own community.