Season of Creation 2014, Meet Muslim eco-champion Nooraan Cader, Hiroshima Prayer for renewable energy, Faith discussion on sustainable funerals, Open UCT Lecture with Charles Eisenstein.

Dear Earth Keeper,

In different ways and times people from all walks of life are experiencing the reality that human well-being is dependent on the well-being of the planet.  This ancient truth, recorded in the creeds and scriptures of many faiths, is increasingly being celebrated by people of faith who are spreading a light of understanding and acceptance of our responsibility to care for Creation. 

During the Season of Creation in September, Anglican congregations will be honouring God as the Creator. They invite us all to reflect more deeply on how we relate to the Earth.  Even in death we have a relationship with the Earth and a multi-faith workshop on 14th August is looking at funeral rites that sustain both our memories and our planet.  On 6th August, Hiroshima Day, SAFCEI will light a candle to the memory of all who have lost their lives, health and livelihoods due to the nuclear industry, while also calling on us to pray that our decision-makers have the wisdom to choose renewable energy over nuclear.  Renewables provide an opportunity for economic transformation based on inclusivity, equity and sustainability.  These are some of the key tenets in `Sacred Economics' by Charles Eisenstein.  Find out more at a guest lecture by Eisenstein in Cape Town on 4 September. Last but not least, meet SAFCEI intern, Nooraan Cader, a young Muslim woman who is empowered by her faith to make a difference and passionate about doing so.

Meet Nooraan Cader

Nooraan is passionate about making a positive difference in the world. She explains that this is partly due to her strict Islamic upbringing and her conviction that it is every Muslim’s duty to look after Allah’s Creation. “There was no escaping my religion and its teachings, but looking back now I wouldn’t have it any other way.” 

Nooraan believes her internship with SAFCEI and the opportunity to work in environmental education has opened new doors for her. She was drawn to the programme because it is faith based. “Not only will I be making a difference within my community but I will be carrying a duty (of care for the environment) that every Muslim should carry out.”

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Pray for the End of Nuclear

On 6th August, the 69th anniversary of Hiroshima, SAFCEI staff will light a candle, pray and meditate, in memory of all of those who have lost their lives, health and livelihoods due to the nuclear industry. 

Join us in a prayer that our decision-makers get out from under the nuclear shadow and step up to earth friendly energy alternatives. `The earth is the home of one human family sheltered in Divine Providence. We pray for unity and actions in the interest of all the peoples of the planet.’  (Baha'i Writings)
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Celebrating God as Creator

The Christian Church celebrates many seasons, most of which follow the life of Jesus.  The Season or Time of Creation is a relatively new focus calling on each of us to reflect on the sacred nature of Creation. 

It is a time to reflect and to connect the secular stories of the impact of our modern lifestyles on the environment with our deep appreciation for God’s gift of Creation.   During the weeks of the Season of Creation, see and experience your local environment more keenly and let your appreciation surface so that it can guide you to live with care for our earth home. 

Is your church planning anything this year? Share your story and we might feature you in our next edition!

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Talking Faith & Funerals

Funeral practices face a combination of challenges today, including environmental concerns, lack of space as well as mounting costs of ceremonies. SAFCEI, in collaboration with the Graduate School of Business, is conducting a workshop in Cape Town on 14th August to discover how these issues are being experienced in different faith communities.

Join us as we share ideas and concerns, and engage with various aspects of these practices, while looking for innovation to meet challenges. Are there ethical and more sustainable options available that we can embrace?

Contact us for more information and RSVP to by 11th August.

Sacred Economics - UCT Open Lecture

As people of faith we believe that ethical principles, not profits, should guide our decision-making. The spirit of Ubuntu should be at the centre of our concerns and goals.

We are delighted to invite you to an Open Lecture at UCT (Cape Town) with Charles Eisenstein on 4th September. In his book Sacred Economics, Eisenstein calls for a transformation (rather than a revolution) of our economic system to one which is just, inclusive, personal, bond-creating, sustainable and non-accumulative. Central to this is the understanding that we are an integral part of the web of life. Human well-being is dependent on the well-being of the planet. 

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