“Turning Towards Life:  Renewing Ourselves as we Work for a Sustainable Planet”. 

During March 2017 the Dominican Sisters of Aotearoa New Zealand area bringing two speakers to New Zealand.  They will be in Dunedin 23-25 March 2107 as well as Oamaru and Invercargill.

Margaret Galliardi and Sharon Zayac both have a long involvement with movements for ecological justice and the spirituality that sustains in the work for a more hopeful future for earth and its people.  In Dunedin they will offer a programme on the evening of Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March at Holy Cross called, “Turning Towards Life:  Renewing Ourselves as we Work for a Sustainable Planet”.

Margaret and Sharon could also be available on the  Thursday 23 or the morning of Friday 24 if any group would like to met with them.  They can present to faith-based and other groups. They would  be available and interested to speak with senior school students, teachers and active groups.

The cost is not yet determined but will not be high.

Their biographies are attached.

Margaret Galliardi is a Dominican Sister from Amityville, New York.  Her ministries through the years have included teaching gradeschool, working in parishes and coordinating programs for homeless persons. She spent almost a decade working at the Intercommunity Center for Justice and Peace in Manhattan, while residing in a convent that was also a shelter for women who were homeless, battered, or released from prison and their children.  She served as Theological Curriculum Coordinator for the lay leadership training program of the Diocese of Rockville Center, and lived in community with undocumented persons at the Oscar Romero Inn. She is a trained Spiritual Director and served as the Executive Director of the Spiritual Life Center in West Hartford, Ct.

Margaret has lectured nationally on ecological theology and spirituality, the “New Story and the Christian Story,” and the work of Thomas Berry. In addition, she has created numerous original retreats, workshops and lectures in response to expressed needs. She has published two books: Encountering Mystery in the Wilderness: One Woman’s Vision Quest and Where the Pure Water Flows: The New Story of the Universe and Christian Faith.  She writes regularly for National Catholic Reporter Global Sisters Report.

 Sharon Zayac is a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois.  Sharon is the Director of Jubilee Farm, her congregation’s 111-acre center for ecology and spirituality, which lies just west of Springfield, IL.  Her book Earth Spirituality: In the Catholic and Dominican Traditions, published in 2003 by Sor Juana Press, was the first in the series Dominican Women on Earth. In October of 2008 she joined 139 others for training by Al Gore to present his award winning An Inconvenient Truth from a faith-based perspective. In October of 2015 she was one of the panelists to speak to the encyclical Laudato Si’ at a program with Cardinal Peter Turkson, hosted by the Catholic Conference of Ohio Bishops and the Catholic Climate Covenant held in Columbus, OH. She is included in the book Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology by Sarah McFarland Taylor.

She writes, lectures, and gives retreats in and outside the U.S. She speaks on any number of ecological topics, but her passion is sharing the Universe Story and its implications for life and faith.

Her latest work focuses on evolutionary consciousness as an emerging worldview. She explains it thus:  We are in the midst of a cosmic shift in understanding who we are as persons, as people of faith, as a human species. What is this newly emerging consciousness? What does it teach us about who we are, how we are related to the whole, and how we image Holy Mystery? Using The Cosmic Story as our context, we find inspiration and hope as we explore and reflect upon its deeper meaning.

If you are interested in having one or both of these women meet with a group, please address enquiries in the first place to Sandra Winton .

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