Action of the Month:
Attend the Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church Conference: July 13-15th!
This year's virtual "Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church: A Conference Series on Our Common Home" national gathering is next week! Join hundreds of Catholics nationwide who are caring for creation in the face of climate change, including lay, clergy and religious leaders. Hear inspiring keynote addresses, lively panel discussions and gain resources at interactive breakout sessions in eight different ministry areas. All concurrent sessions will be recorded. Don't miss this special opportunity to gather with other Catholics to learn, be inspired, and become equipped to care for our common home together. Leave with new networks and resources.
The schedule includes:
Tuesday, July 13:
6:30-8 p.m. Central (7:30-9 p.m. Eastern.) Conference opens with a welcome address followed by the opening keynote speech by Cardinal Cupich and Dr. Maureen Day.
Wednesday, July 14:
10-11 a.m. Central (11-12 p.m. Eastern.) Opening Mass, followed by Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha remarks by Bishop Tyson
12–1:45 p.m. Central (1-2:45 p.m. Eastern.) Environmental Justice and Preaching for Creation Breakout Sessions (concurrent)
4–5:45 p.m. Central (5-6:45 p.m. Eastern.) Youth and Young Adults and Communications/Media Breakout Sessions (concurrent)
6-7:30 p.m. Central (7-8:30 p.m. Eastern.) Closing Address: Update on Laudato Si’ Action Platform
Thursday, July 15:
10-11 a.m. Central (11-12 p.m. Eastern.) Opening Mass by Father John Grace to celebrate Catholic Climate Covenant’s 15th anniversary
12–1:45 p.m. Central (1-2:45 p.m. Eastern.) Creation Care Teams and Colleges & Universities Breakout Sessions (concurrent)
4–5:45 p.m. Central (5-6:45 p.m. Eastern.) Advocacy and Parochial School Education Breakout Sessions (concurrent)
6-7:30 p.m. Central (7-8:30 p.m. Eastern.) Conference Closing Keynote Address with Sister Ilia Delio, OSF
Register at creighton.edu/catholicclimate The conference is free, but registration is required And a donation is encouraged to offset costs that include Spanish language interpretation. See you next week!
More Covenant Updates
Care for Our Common Home Ecumenical Dialogue
On Thursday, July 29th, from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Eastern join an online dialogue in celebration of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Guidebook: Care for Our Common Home hosted and facilitated by Fr. Walter F. Kedjierski, USCCB, Executive Director, Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, with: Rev Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson, Associate General Minister for Wider Church Ministries and Operations in the United Church of Christ; Dr. Jessica Moerman, climate and environmental scientist, church planter, educator, and advocate; Michael Terrien, OBL. OSB, chair of the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers Care for Creation Committee; and Rev. Dennis Testerman, who currently serves as national moderator and member of Presbyterians for Earth Care steering committee. The guidebook is jointly published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers, and Catholic Climate Covenant. It offers diocesan ecumenical and interreligious officers, pastors, parish groups and the faithful at large a number of theological and practical resources to put the ecological and creation care counsels of Pope Francis and Catholic magisterial voices, along with selected interfaith voices, into practical action. Register and obtain link here for the dialogue.
Young Adult Summer Eco-Challenge
It’s not too late to join the Summer Eco-Challenge! This July, join young adult Catholics from across the country to play “climate bingo!” Together we’ll explore what our faith teaches about climate change, learn how climate change intersects with other social justice issues, and build a national network for young Catholics caring for our common home. Everyone who gets “bingo” is automatically entered for a chance to win exclusive prizes. This challenge is offered by the Community Engagement Action Team at Catholic Climate Covenant's Youth and Young Adult Mobilization, in collaboration with the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach. Register here!
So what can ordinary Catholics do about climate change?
EarthBeat wrote about large and small examples of what Catholics are doing when it covered Covenant’s most recent webinar on sustainable farming and Catholic sustainability champions:
“For the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, in Indiana, a commitment to environmental justice is rooted in St. Mother Theodore Guerin's love for the forest and farmland where she started the teaching community in the 1840s.
Nearly two centuries later, her love for the place has taken root in new ways, first with the establishment of the community's White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in 1996, and more recently with a commitment to climate justice, spurred by Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."
"Love for the land is important," Lorrie Heber, director of the eco-justice center, said during a June 23 webinar sponsored by the Catholic Climate Covenant, featuring three of what the group calls "sustainability champions."
Read the full article by Barbara Fraser in EarthBeat, from National Catholic Reporter.