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Emerging Spirituality Centres

volunteer_prayer150Spirituality can be described as the way we understand our lives and search for meaning in the bigger sacred context. Across the world all those who live by the spirit of Edmund Rice have some sense of God's presence within everything and everyone especially those who are suffering. This sense informs all our work but some Centres and Teams work in a more focused way to accompany people, especially young people, in their spiritual search.

This work of spiritual accompaniment is growing within our Network and takes many forms. 

Edmund Rice's Birthplace, CALLAN

The Centre at the New Life in Mission Community in Callan Co. Kilkenny, is visited by prayer groups and by those who seek accompaniment in their spiritual search.

Contact: Christian Brothers Community, Callan Co. Kilkenny.
Telephone: +353 56 7725 993
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Bru na Cruinne Centre, CARRICK on SUIR

We, in Brú na Cruinne, focus on living authentic community, sustained by a contemplative, creation-centred spirituality. Our ministry is to share our spiritual search in making God's reign available to people through:
· Developing a spirituality integral to the New Story 
· Communicating the New Story 
· Nurturing a contemplative environment 
· Networking with Kindred Spirits 
· Responding to the Cry of the Poor (material, spiritual, ecological) 
Telephone:  +353 51 640335  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

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International Heritage Centre & Chapel, MOUNT SION, WATERFORD

This Heritage Centre for visitors tells the story of Edmund Rice plus the spread and work of the Brothers across the five continents. The Chapel, which is open to the public, houses the tomb of Blessed Edmund.
Contact: Br Phil Ryan
Telephone + 353 51 879 580

Fostering a safe, caring, welcoming and sacred environment for young people to explore, experience and celebrate God's presence in their lives. The Youth Ministry team operates out of Mount Sion, Waterford.
Contact: Telephone: +353 51 874 390 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Christian Brothers Centre, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

Christian Brothers Centre (formerly used for the formation of brothers) is owned by the Christian Brothers of Southern Africa.
Our Vision:
To be brothers to all, modelling our dream for a world of justice and love.
Our Mission:
To be effective agents in the liberation of oppressed and marginalised people from poverty, injustice, ignorance, and the effects of sickness, especially HIV/Aids.
To collaborate closely with the poor in the integrated ministries of faith-based education, community development, advocating for the transformation of unjust structures, and in the care of people and the rest of creation.

Christian Brothers Centre, P.O. Box 142, STELLENBOSCH, 7599, South Africa
Phone: 021-8800242

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Emmaus Retreat & Conference Centre, DUBLIN

Emmaus welcomes people who wish to take time out to find meaning in their lives through the adventure of the spiritual search.
Contact: Telephone: 01 870 0050

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The Lantern Centre for Interfaith / Intercultural Dialogue, DUBLIN

In recent years Ireland has experienced a large influx of immigrant families, leading to a significant change in the level of cultural diversity in Irish society. The Lantern Centre at Synge Street, Dublin was founded to manage the opportunities for learning and change which this situation presented. The centre provides a meeting place for people from a variety of religious faiths, cultures and social groups in a context of welcome and dialogue.
Contact person: Br Michael Murray
Telephone: 01 405 3868 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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"Amberley" Edmund Rice Centre, MELBOURNE

 Edmund Rice Centre ‘Amberley’ is a Retreat, Conference and Spirituality Centre situated on a bend of the Yarra River in Lower Plenty overlooking Westerfolds Park to the Dandenong Ranges. ‘Amberley’ is approximately 20 kilometers from the heart of Melbourne and 40 minutes from Melbourne’s International Airport and has easy access to both the Western Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway.

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Jericho House, ONTARIO, CANADA

Jericho House is a youth leadership, social & ecological justice, and spirituality centre in the Niagara Region, serving southern Ontario and beyond. We're ecumenical in the Catholic tradition. We've welcomed Christians and seekers with retreats, conferences, and peer ministry workshops since 1988.

Contact Jericho House:
Sister Jacquie Keefe, cssf, or Brother Bill Carrothers, cfc
10845 Rathfon Road, Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada L3K 5V4

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"Glenburn" Ecology & Spirituality Centre, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

The Centre for Ecology and Spirituality is situated 80 km from Melbourne in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. It is located among light forest and abounds in native fauna and flora.
The Centre provides an opportunity for people to spend time on the spiritual and ecological dimensions of their lives. It offers space for reflection, discussion and education. The teaching emphasis at the centre is not so much religious as spiritual in the broader sense, especially as it concerns an attitude and identification with the earthed tradition and what it means to be a human in an evolving universe.
The Centre wishes to be inclusive and welcomes all interested in the link between ecology and spirituality. The Centre is dedicated to the promotion of a sound spirituality which recognises the ecology of Creation and the connectivity and balance of all life. The Centre also endeavours to gain insight into the role of the Human in what has now come to be known as the Ecozoic era of the world.

Centre for Ecology & Spirituality, 183 Burns Road, GLENBURN VIC 3717
Phone: (+61) 3 5797 8532
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Resources for Understanding and Living the New Story

Since the Munnar Chapter of 2008, the Congregation has been aware of the need to promote an understanding of the new story of the Universe that is emerging in the past century. There is a scientific dimension to this learning. For us there is also the very significant dimension which is living out of this new story, putting our learnings into practice in the values and attitudes that shape our lives.

These resources ar meant to introduce you to some of the science and also some of the reflections of spiritual guides in our time. It is in no way a complete or balanced set of resources but will hopefully become a starting point for further reading and reflection.

VIDEO The New Story - Brian Swimme

VIDEO Where Are We - Brian Swimme

VIDEO Birth To Earth - Brian Swimme

VIDEO Earth To Life - Brian Swimme

VIDEO Life To Human - Brian Swimme

VIDEO The Twelve Principles - Thomas Berry (1984)

Thomasberry.org - Resources by Thomas Berry

Epic of Evolution on Wikipedia

Big History on Wikipedia

The Great Story - Resources from Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd

The History of our World in 18 Minutes - David Christian

Center for the Story of the Universe - Brian Swimme

Evolutionary Christianity - Michael Dowd

View From the Center of the Universe - Nancy Abrams & Joel Primack

The New Universe and the Human Future - Nancy Abrams & Joel Primack

International Big History Association

Big History Project

Grasping the Scale of the Universe

Templeton Prize Winners

VIDEO The Origins of Life, Dr. Robert Hazen

VIDEO God In Big History, Michael Dowd

VIDEO The Fabric of the Cosmos, Dr. Brian Greene

VIDEO The Fire Inside

VIDEO The Story of Life in Photographs, Frans Lanting

The Scale of the Universe - Cary & Michael Huang

Duane Elgin

Principles of the New Paradigm

The Cross and the Cosmos blog

Process Philosophy for Everyone

VIDEO God and the Evolutionary Mind: The God Who Beckons - Sister Joan Chittister

VIDEO Creation: Is God's charity broad enough for bears? - Elizabeth Johnson

VIDEO 21st Century Spirituality - Matthew Fox

Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College