Social Action Summer Institute on Cherishing Creation

CHERISHING CREATION: CALLED TO THE COMMON GOOD

Life, Earth and the Common Good

TRANSLATE FAITH INTO ACTION

Participants leave MOTIVATED, with a CATHOLIC-BASED SENSE of MISSION, KNOWLEDGEABLE, with new TOOLS.

Set aside Thursday for national and local leaders to guide you in skill building at a Diocesan Level:

      • Building Capacity
      • Advocating for Ecological Concerns
      • Integrating Social Media into Your Communications Strategy

and nine more workshops to choose from!

Portland, Oregon
 
Sunday July 19 – Thursday July 23

Sponsored by:

  • The Archdiocese of Portland
  • Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • JustFaith Ministries

Faith, Climate, and Health at Cabrini

Are you interested in how faith and climate intersect? Consider attending Cabrini College’s conference: Faith, Climate, and Health: Creation Care for a Greener Future on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The conference is free of charge and it invites concerned citizens to gather to examine the perils of climate change and how it effects the health of our most vulnerable. The conference will also discuss how we as a society and as a people of faith can address these issues.

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Save the date: Cabrini College hosting conference on climate change

“FAITH, CLIMATE, AND HEALTH: CREATION CARE FOR A GREENER FUTURE”

Grace Hall, Cabrini College

610 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor, PA 19087

Friday, April 17, 2015, 9a.m.-2p.m.

At this free conference, concerned citizens will gather to examine the perils of climate change and how we as a society can address them.

  • SEE – the spiritual call to care for God’s creation.
  • JUDGE – the scientific evidence about the threats posed by climate change.
  • ACT – with practical initiatives on how to undertake take political, institutional, and personal advocacy to arrest climate change and bring about a greener world.

U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey has been invited to be the keynote speaker on

“The Impact of Climate Change on Children’s Health”

Additional Speakers Include:

  • John Francis Burke, Ph.D., Cabrini College, “The Greening of Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center ”From Eden to Shabbat to Jubilee: The Earth-Oriented Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures “

Breakout Sessions

  • Carrie Nielsen, Ph.D., Cabrini College, A Scientific Engagement of Environmental Health Issues
  • Chuck Marshall, Central Baptist Church, Striving for a Carbon-Neutral Faith-Based Community – The Case of Central Baptist, Wayne PA
  • The Shalom Center, Environmental Political Advocacy – “Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet”
  • Mitch Hescox, Evangelical Environmental Network, The Joseph Pledge – Preparing Churches for Extreme Weather & Climate Change

Lunch will be provided.

Co-sponsors:

Cabrini College

Shalom Center

PA Interfaith Power and Light

Evangelical Environmental Network

PHILADELPHIA Interfaith Power and Light

The PA Religious Coalition on Creation Care

The National Religious Coalition on Creation Care

CST Themes Connect

How does sustainability relate to other aspects of social justice and Catholic Social Teaching?  A recent post on the blog Catholic Ecology emphasizes the connections between caring for God’s creation, promoting the life and dignity of the human person, and honoring the call to family, community and participation while musing over the possible content of Pope Francis’s upcoming “eco-encyclical.” How else are the themes of Catholic Social Teaching interconnected? Encourage your campus to reflect on how everything we do ultimately affects another member of our one human family.

This “culture of waste” tends to become the common mentality that infects everyone. Human life, the person is no longer perceived as a primary value to be respected and protected, especially if poor or disabled, if not yet useful – such as the unborn child – or no longer needed – such as the elderly. This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food. Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times, we are no longer able to give a just value, which goes well beyond mere economic parameters. We should all remember, however, that throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the the poor, the hungry! I encourage everyone to reflect on the problem of thrown away and wasted food to identify ways and means that, by seriously addressing this issue, are a vehicle of solidarity and sharing with the needy.

– Pope Francis

Thoughts on the Church and Climate Change

Want to catalyze discussion surrounding climate change and the Catholic Church on your campus? Consider showing the clip below, where the executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant (an organization formed by the CCHD) discusses the Church and its stance on environmental issues.

Sample discussion questions:

  • Mr. Misleh spoke about the difference between using the words “environmentally friendly” versus “stewardship of the earth” when discussing the Church’s role in environmental issues. How does language play a role in how Catholics and non-Catholics alike perceive the Church, especially regarding this topic?
  • Mr. Misleh emphasized that the Church’s interest in the environment is “not something new.” Where have you seen the Church’s commitment for creation – both throughout history as well as in your own life?
  • Mr. Misleh gave examples regarding how climate change affects the most vulnerable among us. What are different implications of this fact?
  • What does it mean to you to say that “creation is a gift”?
  • Mr. Misleh said that his motivation for his work in raising awareness about climate change is knowing the affects it will have on the lives of his children. What motivates you to make a difference?