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A new book by Mary Tinney RSM

‘When Heaven and Earth Embrace’

The Brisbane launch of a new book by Dr Mary Tinney RSM has been held earlier this month. The book promotes a spirituality that explores the embrace of the Divine, Earth and the Universe. 


Sisters, colleagues and friends gathered on October 12 at the Happy Haven in Nudgee to celebrate and explore the question posed by the title ‘When Heaven and Earth Embrace; How do we engage spiritually in an Emerging Universe’.


Associate Professor Terry Veling of the Australian Catholic University, who was Mary’s supervisor for her recent doctoral dissertation on which the book has been built, congratulated Mary on her achievement in transforming a thesis into a book. He said he believes this book will have an important place in the fields of theology and spirituality, especially ecospirituality, from a Christian perspective.


In officially launching the book, Dr Elaine Wainwright RSM also praised Mary’s work and said the gathering was a time of celebration of both the book and its author.


“For Mary, I suspect that this celebration is multi-dimensional – we are gathered here with Mary to celebrate the culmination of the past 3 to 4 years [or more perhaps] of doctoral studies
that provided much of the material for this book but also twenty years or more of engagement in eco-theology/eco-spirituality,” Elaine said.


“Mary has answered her own question: How do we engage spiritually in an emerging universe? It is not by’escaping’into a spiritual tradition. Rather it is exploring deeply our understanding of and engagement in an emerging universe. Such an experience provides us with the new questions we bring to our spirituality tradition/s. In this way, Heaven and Earth Embrace-an extraordinary metaphor that invites profound engagement.


“Mary, we thank you today for this book which will enhance our ongoing participation in the embrace of heaven and earth. In doing so we are also thanking you for all the work that stands behind the book’s place here today among us. May the book go forth into the many communities likewise spiritually engaged in an emerging universe,” she said.


‘When Heaven and Earth Embrace; How do we engage spiritually in an Emerging Universe’ by Morningstar Publishing. For more information, including how to purchase a copy, please click on the following link –


Mary Tinney RSM (Left) with Elaine Wainwright RSM (Right)


Elaine Wainwright RSM officially launching the new work.


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