Celebrating Earth Day in Cork


                         Celebrating Earth Day with The Three Faiths Forum, Cork.

On Sat. 22nd April 17 a group of people gathered in Bishop Lucy Park, Grand Parade Cork. They stood under the trees, with balloons tied to the park railings, and tables laden with goodies. They were an unusual-looking bunch of people. There were men in long black frocks and turbins, women in long clothes and burcas, young people in geans, old ladies in religious habit. What on earth could they be about on a Saturday morning?

Well, as it happened it was Earth day and they had gathered to celebrate Mother Earth and to pray together for her protection. The gathering was organized by the Three Faiths Forum in Cork. The Three Faiths Forum is an initiative that brings together representatives of the three Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam, seeking to create a space where people of faith can dialogue openly and respectfully, come to a better understanding of each other’s faith and work together to enhance tolerance, co-operation and friendship in our society.

Cork, like all of Ireland is increasingly a multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-religious society. Our group is drawn from the Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith communities in Cork and have come together to explore how our various faith traditions can help foster a spirit of openness, dialogue and inclusion in our society.

The Celebration was a very simple one, consisting mainly of some readings from the three Traditions, including readings from the prophet Isaiah, the Koran, and the Canticle of St Francis. Also there were some songs by a young man accompanied by his guitar, and some chants from the Koran. Together we prayed for peace in the world, especially in all places where there is war and conflict.

The Celebration concluded with the reading of the poem Earth, taken from ‘The eye of the prophet,’ by Kahil Gibran.

                                                           Earth, by Kahil Gibran.

How beautiful you are, Earth, and how sublime!

What wisdom in your obedience to the light,

And what nobility in your submission to the sun!

How seductive you are when veiled in shadow

And how radiant is your face beneath the mask of darkness!

How crystalline are your songs at dawn

And how marvellous are the praises sung at the hour of your twilight!

How perfect you are, Earth, and how majestic!


Bride Counihan LSA


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