The Virtual launch of the River above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN) will take place on November 24 at 6pm (Melb time). This is Australia’s region but the impetus for these Global Catholic Climate Network sessions is from Cheryl Dugan from the Phillipines, which is suffering terribly from flooding from super-typhoons at present. To register click here and will also be live streamed at this Facebook link.
The Pacific, one-third of the planet’s surface, is the largest climate determinant on Earth. Asia and Oceania share a common image in the ‘River Above’– the Pacific Ocean is the life, the river of Asia feeding all rivers, seasons and lives.
The network seeks to serve the dialogue of integral living so that broader collaboration is possible and breadth and integrity of the ecology and territory are maintained. The Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO) accompanies 16 small island states in Oceania, as well as Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) is on the ground in six countries spanning the Mekong River Basin, five countries in the Himalayas including the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, four countries covering the Sundaland, and the island nations of Japan, Korea and Philippines (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines).
The network proposes four ways by which we can come together as people and as Church:
Dialogue, Discernment, Deeds, Desires.