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February 2024 Newsletter
Greetings from FEN, the Faith Ecology Network,
an Australian hub for strengthening an interfaith dialogue between science and religion.
Home of the Ten Ways Faith Groups Care for Biodiversity Resource.
FEN relies on the generosity of supporters like you.
Partner with us by making a regular or one-off financial contribution today:
Contemplative Nature Engagement Practices – A New Guide.
Thanks to connections made at the FEN event, Deep Listening in the Natural World, members of our network were invited to collaborate in the Melbourne University School of Psychological Sciences’ new practice guide published on 15th January 2024. The guide focuses on contemplative nature engagement practices as a strategy to help individuals experiencing eco-distress.
By integrating practices such as meditation, reflection, and sensory interaction with nature, contemplative nature engagement has the potential to encourage healthy outcomes for individuals, communities, and the natural world.
Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)
Online Workshop: Introduction to Deep Ecology, 24 Feburary 2024, 11am - 1.30pm AEDT. At its core, Deep Ecology emphasises the intrinsic value of all life forms and underscores the intricate interconnection of all living beings within the web of existence. More info and register HERE
Nature For ALL
Nature is Good Medicine: FEB 9th: Register NOW at https://takingitglobal.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsc-iorT8qHtXnJXpoDHNoMPGByTvuC2G_#/registration
United Religions Initiative Environmental Network (URI)
The First Gathering for Earth this year was held on 6 February 2024
This is a global gathering of Co-operation Circles held monthly, but not usually at a time conducive to our presence from Australia. This is one story from Malawi:
More TREEs Across the Network: Let’s Celebrate!
In some parts of the southern hemisphere, we are in the season of tree planting. Cooperation Circles in Malawi have been part of a country-wide effort to heal riverbank erosion, stop sand mining and reverse other agricultural practices that limit the economic and ecological wellbeing for everyone.
From Times360 Malawi News, “The government says 66% of 358,247,368 trees that were planted between 2016-2021 have survived.” That means a total of 239,489,328 growing trees! With more attention given to the lands where the trees are most needed and most likely to survive, the CCs are planting 6,000 more saplings this season.