Follow the July 29 Festivities!

It is a big week at BLI! We are hosting our official public launch in Nandere, Uganda. We are expecting thousands of visitors to our campus and have various activities and ceremonies planned. People are traveling to BLI from all over Uganda, and the world, to celebrate BLI’s mission and work. However, even if you…

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BLI Celebrates World Environment Day

On June 5, BLI joined the surrounding community in celebrating International World Environment Day, as declared by the United Nations. This year’s theme was “Only One Earth” and aimed to promote individual country changes to support cleaner, sustainable living. While Sweden hosted the official international festivities, Uganda also participated in the action with its own…

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Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd was a special day at Bethany Land Institute. To celebrate Earth Day, we welcomed groups of visitors to BLI, including local primary school children, to spread the joy of Integral Ecology and share the importance of care for creation. Together, we used recycled plastics (collected from the local area) to make hanging plants.…

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Gaining Global Recognition

BLI is now also featured on the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology’s Laudato Si’ webpage. Later this year, it will be featured in the Forum’s newsletter. These features are a testament to BLI’s success as an institution that lives out integral ecology. Everyday, we continue to answer to the cry of the poor and the cry…

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BLI Visitors: Sanyu Maria’s Reflection

The following is a reclection written by recent Notre Dame graduate Maria Orjalies Riberas. She traveled to BLI in July 2021 and will be returning in October: “As when adjusting to life in any new country, it’s fairly common for one to find themselves in constant cultural shock, lost in translation, and dependent on those…

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BLI Visitors: Kirabo Emma’s Reflection

The following is a reflection written by Emma Ziegler, a recent Notre Dame graduate. Emma traveled to BLI in July 2021 with Father Emmanuel and wrote this reflection on the experience: “Traveling to Bethany Land Institute in Nandere, Uganda, I expected to find a dulled version of the institute I had seen in photos and…

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Celebrating Laudato Sí Week 2021

Newsletter 5/24/21 Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’ was released in June 2015. Five years later, in 2020, Pope Francis invited all to celebrate its fifth anniversary by protecting families and future generations through action to care for our common home. Laudato Si’ Week 2021, May 16-24, celebrates the end of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year.Here are…

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The Institute is Open!

Spring Update 2021 Greetings to you and your loved ones from all of us at Bethany Land Institute.We wish you a happy and blessed Easter Season.And, we are delighted to announce that our new campus is open! The awakening of Spring and the Easter season brings new life – and so it is for BLI.…

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Reflections from BLI volunteers – 3/14/21

We first were introduced to Fr. Emmanuel by our daughter Sara in April of 2016. Fr. Emmanuel was looking for someone to volunteer to coordinate the building of a dream; a campus for Bethany Land Institute. By time we met him a White Paper had been written that outlined the vision for BLI. Land had…

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A Kairos moment

Read Fr. Emmanuel Katongole’s article on Covid-19 as a ‘Kairos’ moment in the Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs newsletter. https://keough.nd.edu/a-kairos-moment-prophecy-and-hope-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

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