Ever since I returned from the Emmaus experience I have been pondering. What was it about the Jubilee 800 Conference that made it so different from other climate / creation conferences and seminars I attended in the past? What was it that made it an experience rather that a happening? Perhaps what made this gathering different was the quality of the generous input by Sharon and by John, which had all the energy, all the conviction and all the persuasiveness of the prophets of Old Testament times.
Each in their unique way led me to an enhanced appreciation of the wonder of God’s continuing act of creation and of my own role in that act. Equally significant, perhaps, was the sense of unity of purpose shared by those present over the five days which, when combined with a seamless integration of relationship, spirituality, ritual and teaching, enhanced our experience of learning.
I believe that it would be well-nigh impossible to remain unchanged by the experience. I am most appreciative of the Dominican Sisters who organised such a power–filled happening and for granting me the privilege of participating in a magnificent celebration of creation.
Máirtín de Búrca