Seminar on Integral Ecology - Teilhard de Chardin Centre Session of November 19, 2019: "Living differently"
The second session of the seminar on Integral Ecology brought together some fifteen participants around the theme “Living differently”, a way of continuing the reflection initiated during the previous session on 15 October 2019, whose theme was “Cities and mobility”.
We welcomed Xavier de Bénazé from the Transition Campus, Marine Leprince-Ringuet from the Association Pour l’Amitié (APA) and Marie-Françoise and Hervé de Féraudy of Solidarités Nouvelles pour le Logement (SNL).
Xavier de Bénazé, sj, Transition Campus
The Campus de la Transition (https://campus-transition.org/), located on the Forges estate in Seine-et-Marne, is a somewhat “unusual” project, an eco-place, a university campus and a catalyst for the ecological and social transition of our societies. It was founded by a collective gathered around Cécile Renouard, a religious of the Assumption and professor of ethics and philosophy, to “train students and professionals in a way of life and work that is consistent with the happy sobriety that our societies and our planet need”.
Xavier de Bénazé, a Jesuit, is one of its resident members, at the service of the Campus’ mission. He leads the two poles “bio-regional economy” and “community”.
“Based on the experience lived in Forges over the past 18 months, it is necessary to highlight two elements that allow us to live differently in our common house. First of all, we must be interested in a pedagogy that initiates and motivates everyone to try out the new sober and happy lifestyles that we are now called upon to invent and adopt. The Campus thus offers a “head-body-heart” pedagogy that takes into account the whole person and the group of learners. The second element is the size of the group and even the community. Learning to be a community, to live and collaborate together seems more and more essential to get through the turbulent times that await us and hope to emerge happier because they are more connected.
Demand is strong, as evidenced by the Student Manifesto for an Ecological Awakening, signed by 30,000 students in 2018: https://manifeste.pour-un-reveil-ecologique.org/fr Interview with Xavier de Bénazé, the market gardener of the Forges vegetable garden: https://www.jesuites.com/une- regence-au-campus-de-la-transition-le-témoignage-de-xavier-de-benaze-sj/
Marine Leprince-Ringuet, Association Pour l’Amitié (APA)
Marine lived for 3 years in an APA co-location in Paris ( https://associationpourlamitie.com)
She says: “My three-year experience at APA has greatly helped me to move forward in my faith. What is ABS? A different way of living, an association born 13 years ago, which runs a network of shared flats between people who were homeless and young professionals. The first intuition of the APA is to fight exclusion by loving on a daily basis. Loving people whose life on the street has given them the impression that they have no value. The Gospel is at the heart of this life of sharing, in which young professionals commit themselves to a rhythm of daily community prayer.
For me, this experience was an opportunity to increase my hope in man, by creating true bonds of friendship with people of different cultures, different ages and very different life paths! These daily friendly relationships have also enabled me to learn to move from a logic of aid effectiveness to a logic of free exchanges, by agreeing to reveal my own weaknesses. I have gradually learned to let myself be challenged by people who cry out to God.
What a joy to be a witness to this cry that pushes us to enter into true humility. »
During her 3 years as co-host of the APA, Marine was very touched by “the cries of the poor towards God” and to discover how much each one carried fragilities that he dared, or not, to express and share.
This allowed him “not to lose touch with reality and to free me from my masks”.
Marine Leprince-Ringuet follows a Laudato Si’ path “for a spiritual and ecological conversion” at Notre-Dame parish, Paris 13ème : https://notredamedelagare.fr/ecologie-integrale-groupe-de-travail-laudato-si-20-35-ans/
Marie-Françoise and Hervé de Féraudy, Solidarités Nouvelles pour le Logement (SNL), Palaiseau branch (91)
“Everyone must be able to live in decent housing and find their place among others”, Marie-Françoise de Féraudy presents Solidarités Nouvelles pour le Logement, created 30 years ago. “Living is much more than just having a roof over your head. It is feeling at home, which makes it possible to have a personal, family life,… To do this, SNL creates very social integration housing, rents it out to people in great difficulty so that they can find
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