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  • Ottawa Garden Case Studies 2020: Orleans Healing Biodiversity Garden Case Study

    Garden Bench in the Shade

    SUMMARY

    The Orleans United Healing Biodiversity Garden was created to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the church. The focus on both biodiversity and healing came from the desire for this new garden to provide both habitat and shelter for wildlife and offer a relaxing space for meditation and prayer for community members including those benefiting from a new healing ministry program. Nature itself offers healing benefits and this garden provides a designated space to sit outdoors and enjoy the wonder and beauty of being outdoors.

    (Title Image - Photo credit - F. Lemay-Legault)

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    Celebrating the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ with dialogue and solidarity around the future of our common home

    “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who will come after us,
    to children who are growing up?" 
    Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #160

    Celebrating the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ with dialogue and solidarity around the future of our common home

    In the five years since Pope Francis signed his groundbreaking encyclical Laudato Si’ calling on everyone to care for our common home, the ecological crisis has intensified and the current coronavirus pandemic is laying bare the deep injustices and inequalities still present in our world. Laudato Si’ continues to be a compelling source of hope, guidance and inspiration for creative initiatives including the formation of the Global Catholic Climate Movement which has grown to over 900 member organizations seeking to bring Laudato Si’ to life and respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

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    Ottawa Garden Case Studies 2020: The Haven Community Garden

    Community Garden in Local Development(The Haven Community Garden - Multifaith Housing Initiative, Photo Credit: Nancy Moir)

     

    SUMMARY

    The Haven’s two-year old community garden is a LEED gold component of the Multifaith Housing Initiative’s (MHI) newest development in Barrhaven. Growing local produce and helping with food security is one of the garden’s tangible goals but participating in this outdoor activity offers residents much more: an opportunity to strengthen the connections in this neighbourhood and build trust and confidence between members.

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