Food for Thought Friday: Students Connect “Laudato Si” and Clean Power Act

Food for Thought Friday: Read the interview with Guadalupe Avila, a senior at Saint Xavier University and Jillian Rubino, a junior at Carlow University, two of twenty students from campuses affiliated with the Sisters of Mercy who spent several days in Washington learning about the Clean Power Act. The students spoke to representatives in Congress about the act, as well as members of the Catholic Climate Covenant, the Franciscan Action Network, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, WE ACT for Environment Justice, and the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism. The students were interested in learning more about President Obama’s act and its connection to the call to care for creation made in “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis’ recent encyclical.

To read the full article, click here.

Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Moves to December

In March, 2014, thousands across the country participated in the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath. The next event was originally listed as March 19th-22nd, 2015, but moving forward, the annual Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend will now be in December on the anniversary of the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. This new partnership between the Newton Action Alliance and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence will help build bridges with other groups, consolidate resources and effort, and ease some of the pressure being placed on faith leaders across the country. The Alliance hopes to have events in all 50 states. They can be small or large, as in March last year. The March Sabbath website posts multi-faith resources.

Member colleges are encouraged to hold an event on December 11th, 2014 or the following weekend. If you plan to participate, please sign up in order to publicly show your support!

Message from the Franciscan Action Network

The People’s Climate March is less than one month away – on Sunday, September 21st!

This march for action on climate change will begin in New York at 11:30 a.m. from this route. A press release went out on the 22nd of August with statistics from representatives of some of the 750 organizations around the world that are supporting the People’s Climate March. Some organizations include the largest transit workers union in New York City, and a coalition of Buddhist monks. In total, the groups represent roughly 100 million people worldwide. Needless to say, the marchers are expected to number in the hundreds of thousands. Several people, including FAN’s Patrick Carolan, offered quotes about the March, why they are involved, and what they hope to see happen after the March.

There is still time to sign up to host people who are traveling to New York for the march, and you can find FAQs about that process on the housing portion of the website.

Make sure to register if you plan to march!

Register Now: Earth Corps Servant Leadership Training

The Franciscan Action Network announces a weekend experiential training conference for Earth Corps Chapter leaders nationwide. If you are a young adult (ages 18-35), you are invited to come to DC, activate your faith, and experience Franciscan spirituality during the Feast of St. Francis. Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, author of Eager To Love: The Alternative Way of St. Francis has agreed to join the training by teleconference during the weekend; he’ll discuss the uniqueness of the Franciscan approach to life and answer questions from the attendees.

The weekend is scheduled for October 3rd – 5th, with the option of arriving October 2nd. The events will be held at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, which is where the FAN offices are located. This retreat-like setting will offer a peaceful, contemplative backdrop to the weekend. At this intensive training, attendees will be able to meet other leaders from around the country, share ideas, gather valuable tools to boost membership, and gain immediate servant leadership experience.

Head to the website to learn ways to register.

Humanitarian Responses to Children Refugees

The Franciscan Action Network shares stories and resources about the refugee crisis in Central America. The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and US Jesuit Conference researched the migration trends over the last decade and put together the following video explaining what is driving people to flee for their lives:

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, NY also released a statement of their “complete support of humanitarian efforts to assist  children entering the United States from Central America.” Read the full statement here.

Franciscan Action Network Climate Change Webinars

Franciscan Action Network (FAN) sponsors monthly webinars as part of their Climate Justice campaign.  Join FAN on August 7th, 4 p.m. EST, to connect the dots on our journey toward the UN Climate Summit on Sept. 23rd. For more FAN resources and materials from past webinars, head over to the FAN Climate Change Webinar Resources page.

New Young Adult Retreat: The Francis Effect

francis effectFranciscan Action Network is proud to announce a new young adult retreat titled “The Francis Effect.”

Developed and lead by Franciscan Earth Corps Director, Rhett Engelking, the goal of this retreat is to analyze the example of St Francis, as well as the words and actions so far of Pope Francis. After 14 months, he has been re-energizing the young Church, attracting the attention of non-Catholics, and calling us all (regardless of religion) to action! So in our analysis, we hope to hear God’s call a little clearer in our lives and what it is that He is asking of us. We will achieve these goals through discussions, activities, prayer, and fellowship.

The Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida was first to host this retreat, this past weekend. For more information visit the website or email Franciscan Earth Corps.