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The Professor Denis Edwards Memorial Fund in Eco-Theology

The Institute and Australian Catholic University are seeking contributions from other religious congregations as well as individuals to enable the work of the late Monsignor Denis Edwards to continue into perpetuity. 


Institute Leader, Eveline Crotty RSM said it was with deep sadness that we all learned of the death of Monsignor Denis Edwards OAM on March 5 2019.


“As one of the world’s most celebrated eco-theologians, Professor Edwards’ scholarship continued the work of laying the foundations for necessary dialogue on how the future of the planet is being shaped.


“From the perspective of ecology, theology and sustainability, the twelve months since Denis’ death have been some of the most significant in living memory.


“The recent unprecedented bushfires are a powerful example of the challenges impacting the planet. While there has been much discussion about the practical changes needed to address the consequences of human induced climate change, there has been less reflection on some of the core fundamentals of Professor Edwards’ scholarship, such as the theological and spiritual nature of our relationship with each other and with our common home,” Sr Eveline said.


Sr Eveline said that while this work will be continued at the Laudato Si’+5 Conference in Cairns in June this year, which coincides with the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ ground-breaking encyclical, there is a strong desire from many women and men to more significantly realise the vision of Laudato Si’ and the educational village Pope Francis has called for in his Global Compact on Education.


“{t is therefore proposed that a fund be established to honour Monsignor Edwards’ legacy and provide a stimulus for renewed and integrated educational mission.


“As part of advancing the global dialogue on ecological conversion, the Fund would function as a catalyst for the establishment of a unique and integrating framework for all curriculum developments concerned with ecological sustainability. It will enable high quality research, learning and teaching in the areas of theology, science, and ecology,” Sr Eveline said.


To transform this vision into a reality, $700,000 is required to enable the activities outlined above for the first five years, after which ACU would provide funding in perpetuity.


Contributions are invited towards this significant endeavour either through a one-off contribution or proportional amounts over the next five years. All funding received would be managed by the ACU Foundation Office.


If anyone is interested in contributing, please contact  Sr Eveline via email – by May 1 2020 or please complete and return the following form – Click here.


At this stage  expressions of interest and pledges of commitment are only being sought and it is kindly asked that no money be forwarded.


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