NauMai September 2021
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand will host an online talanoa*, ‘Dialogue for our Future Home’, on 28 September, for Oceania voices to share experiences of environmental impact and response, and imagine their common future. This Season of Creation event will support Caritas Oceania’s annual State of the Environment for Oceania assessment to be published on St Francis Day on 4 October, in the lead-up to vital United Nations conferences on biodiversity (October) and climate change (November). The online talanoa will run with support from Caritas Oceania members and partners in the region. The ecumenical Season of Creation runs 1 September–4 October, this year on the theme: ‘A Home for All? Renewing the oikos (house) of God’.
*In many Pacific languages, talanoa means storytelling and sharing views as equals. ‘Talanoa is a concept in a number of Pacific cultures, centred on listening, understanding, embracing, acknowledging and learning. It is a time of sharing experiences, both good and bad, and honest dialogue.’ – Caritas State of the Environment Report 2020.
World Day of Prayer for Creation and Season of Creation 2021, p 17.