This month Dr. Helen Reid leads the session on Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain: Hope for a Planet in Peril by Benigno P. Beltran
“Smokey Mountain, the vast garbage dump in Manila has served for many years as an emblem of third world squalor. In many ways, it is a metaphor for a planet slowly choking on garbage and waste. But for Fr. Beltran, who served for three decades as a chaplain to the scavengers who survive off this reeking heap, it is also a metaphor of hope an emblem of the will to survive, the ability to create joy and find meaning even in the midst of abject poverty.”
An inspiring account of theology, ecology and community organising from the people of the Smokey Mountain dump site in Manila.