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September 26, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Online Book Club – “The Parish as an Oasis” with Kevin Hargaden & Ciara Murphy

In a world of shifting attitudes to Christianity, with the reality of the climate crisis, we have moved from an era of certainties to one of change and challenges. In all of this the parish can be an oasis and the church a shelter at the margins, reflecting the values of Pope Francis. Kevin Hargaden and Ciara Murphy will outline how we can reimagine the place of the church, following international examples like that of the “forest churches”  found in Ethiopia.

“The Parish as Oasis is an accessible, challenging and practical book that, through twenty ‘experiments’, helps the reader to reimagine the church as an oasis. Care for our common home becomes the basis of a re-imagining of the place of the parish in society and an optimistic return to the original human vocation. Like Adam and Eve we are meant to be gardeners and cultivators.”




Dr Kevin Hargaden – Director and Social Theologian of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice.


Dr Ciara Murphy – Environmental Justice Advocate of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice.


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