World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis has called for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation to take place on September 1, 2016. This day, established last year, gives us a opportunity to reflect on the world that God created for us.  Pope Francis wrote:  “The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

Resources for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, such as special prayers, ideas for action, and discussion guides, are available on the USCCB environmental justice webpage and the We are Salt & Light Laudato Si’ webpage.

 

 

Food for Thought Friday: Catholic Relief Services Releases Video Featuring Refugees

Food For Thought Friday: Where will you be doing in 17 years? That’s the question that Catholic Relief Services asked ordinary people in the United States, as well as refugees from around the world. 17 years is the average amount of time it takes for refugees and displaced persons to be permanently resettled. Watch the video and hear from refugees themselves where they hope to be in 17 years.

Join IFYC and their 9/11 Day Campaign

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is partnering with 9/11 Day to plan interfaith events to honor the National Day of Service, Remembrance, and Unity.  IFYC has shared several ideas to help campuses plan an event:

  • Organize a service project
  • Host a discussion event.
  • Hold an interfaith vigil or peace walk.
  • Plan a day of random acts of kindness.
  • Attend a local community event.

IFYC has been working with 200 universities and colleges to organize discussions and events that promote interfaith cooperation over the past 15 years.  For those in the New York City and Washington, D.C. area, IFYC will be hosting service projects.  To see more resources for planning events or learn more about the service projects, visit the 9/11 Day Campaign website.

Food for Thought Friday: Pope Francis has some Advice for College Students

Food for Thought Friday: With a new cohort of first-year students starting in college soon, Busted Halo, a Catholic digital magazine, has found a way to incorporate the wisdom of Pope Francis into their yearly advice for incoming students. With advice such as ‘Be open to new people,’ and ‘Take care of others,’ Busted Halo brings to light how Our Holy Father’s words can accompany students, both new and returning, in their journey through higher education. Read the full article here!

Fordham Becomes Latest Catholic Fair Trade University

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities extends its congratulations to Fordham University for being the latest Catholic university to be designated a Fair Trade University! Fordham students have worked hard to create Students for Fair Trade (SFT), the official fair trade student organization at Fordham, and to incorporate fair trade products into daily life at the university.

SFT is a student-run club that promotes fair trade in business and consumption through education and advocacy. Through SFT, Fordham has been able not only to sell fair trade products at almost all of their restaurants and bookstores, but also to host employees of Alta Gracia, the only garment company in the global south to be certified for paying its workers a living wage.

Congratulations to Fordham for their great work in promoting fair trade!

Fair Trade Your Summer!

This year, several Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities member institutions joined the ranks of Fair Trade Colleges and Universities! To help students and faculty of these institutions, as well as any promoters of fair trade products, continue consuming fair trade, Fair Trade USA has released a helpful guide for summer drinks and smoothies! From the Bhakti Chai Tropical Ginger Smoothie to the Honest Tea Peach Pick, their seven suggestions are sure to help you relax and enjoy your summer. Happy fair trading!