Among the signers are 37 dioceses, close to 200 religious communities, more than 100 parishes, 61 Catholic universities, and more than a dozen Catholic health care organizations. "If we know creation is a gift for us to enjoy, to safeguard and to protect for future generations, climate change presents us with a moral crisis and a moral question," said Sr. Sharlet Wagner, president-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
We are among those who contribute the most to climate change, and we are the least affected. Are we willing to choose sacrifice and self-limitation in the ways that we travel, eat, purchase, pray and interact with the world?
Notes from the Field - The communal section of Pendus is rural and reaching it can mean multiple modes of transportation and an entire day of travel. But when I talk to people there, I find they are amazingly mobile, connected to the larger cities in Haiti and to countries across the ocean.
As religious, some of us have huge institutions, plenty of houses, and any number of rules and regulations. But do we enjoy the spirit of true sharing in community?
Do we have eyes to see the sacredness of water? May we who have passed through the waters of baptism recognize that as our call to speak and work passionately so all in our global family may have clean water.
Sr. Miriam MacGillis's path took her from a content art teacher in the 1960s to co-founder in 1980 of Genesis Farm in Blairstown, New Jersey. MacGillis talks with GSR about living in harmony with the Earth and what has happened in the last four decades on the farm.
Notes from the Field - The Jean Marie Vincent Center, better known to locals as the Grepen Center, is responsible for a mountaintop they have reforested; in the 1990s, the mountain was barren and dry because the trees had been cut down for fuel.
I believe that a oneness exists between the sufferings of creation and the sufferings of Christ.
GSR Today - I left my desk on Feb. 21 to go talk about the Trump administration's proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan. It was one of just four public listening sessions held by the EPA in the entire U.S., and it was in Kansas City. How could I live here and not go?
I had been thinking, "Too much poverty, too much pain, too much pollution, I don't want to look, I don't want to know. How can we go forward with all this?" A trip to Peru taught me to dare to create beauty.
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