Jesuit Missions UK

Senior Jesuits from around the world have published an open letter to world leaders including Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel and Ursula von der Leyen urging them to act against climate change.The letter was motivated by the postponement of the United Nation’s 26th Conference of Parties (COP 26) due to COVID-19. The UK government were to host the conference in Glasgow at the beginning of November, this year. Rem, “While COVID-19 remains a clear and present danger to the health and security of...
Director of Jesuit Missions, Paul Chitnis, reflects on the anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador.On 16 November 1989, six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her 15 year old daughter, were brutally murdered in El Salvador by soldiers of the US trained Atlacatl Battalion of the El Salvadoran army.Just a few weeks ago, 77 year old Inocente Orlando Montano, a former Salvadoran army colonel, was convicted of five of the murders and sentenced to 133 years in prison.Ignacio Ellacuría SJ,...
On 8 October, Fr Stan Swamy, an elderly Jesuit priest from Ranchi in India, was unfairly arrested and imprisoned. We urgently need your help to free him.Fr Stan Swamy SJ, aged 83, has been unjustly arrested and detained by the National Investigation Agency of India. They have falsely accused him of having links with banned extremist groups.Two days before his arrest, Fr Stan posted a video statement and said: “What is happening to me is not unique. Many activists, lawyers, writers, journalists...
Jesuit Missions recently hosted a Seasons of Creation webinar which focused on beauty, justice and hope in the Amazon.Leah Casimero and Joel Thompson SJ joined the panel to help us think about our relationship with nature and how it affects climate change.Leah is an Amazonian activist and an indigenous woman of the Wapichan tribe. She attended last year’s Synod on the Amazon in Rome. Leah gathered together with bishops, indigenous witnesses and other experts to find new ways for the church to...
We are living through a climate and biodiversity emergency; how we talk about it matters. Framing of the climate and environmental discourse by media outlets shape the wider public’s opinions, while the absence of consistent coverage signals a lack of importance and reduces the general awareness of the crisis.The ecological emergency we are currently living though effects, in one form or another, every aspect of our lives. Yet, there is a dearth of integral ecological reporting in mainstream...
It is hard to imagine an issue that divides our communities so sharply as the call to care for our environment. The destruction of creation that has already seen dramatic changes to climate, species, air and soil quality and rising oceans. For believers care of the earth can never be seen as new, trendy or left-wing. The Bible is filled with images, calls and challenges to live in harmony with the created order. Rain, snow, seeds, sowers, fertile soil, and a labouring creation giving birth to...
I have never been persuaded by the argument from design.One of the classic ‘proofs’ for the existence of God, it argues from the complexity of the natural world to the existence of a designer, God. Its most well-known proponent is probably William Paley. If I stumble on a rock and am asked where it came from, he argues, I might say something like, “I don’t know. Maybe it’s always been there.” Were I to stumble upon a watch on the ground, however, I would not stop at such a response. Rather, the...
Next week Amazon activist Leah Casimero will be joining Joel Thompson SJ, in a Zoom webinar hosted by Jesuit Missions at 7.30pm Tuesday 22 September.Leah Casimero’s journey is indicative of the complexities and challenges that face us all at this unique juncture in human history. How do we respond to the devastation that is being visited on the earth by climate change? How do we give the earth and its people a voice?Leah, an indigenous woman of the Wapichan tribe, lives in a remote part of...
Does the hawk take flight by your wisdomAnd spread its wings towards the south?Does the eagle soar at your commandAnd build its nest on high?It dwells on a cliff and stays there at night,A rocky crag is its stronghold.Job 39: 26-28 (NIV)These questions are those that God put to Job in a great hymn to creation at a time when Job had lost everything. The season of creation invites us all to take a step back from our frenetic or otherwise broken lives to contemplate the natural world in all its...
In his autobiography, St. Ignatius of Loyola said that he received the greatest consolation “from gazing at the sky and stars,” which he did “often and for quite a long time.” Anyone with eyes can see the stars for themselves and feel immersed in their greatness. When we look at them often we begin to recognize their patterns, like old friends. By learning the traditional names of stars and constellations we are connected to our human heritage: Babylonian and Greek and Islamic, Indian and...

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