Sisters place focus on the planetary household

by Sharon Abercrombie

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When is the last time you’ve discovered a “to-do” list that doubles as a great spiritual reading resource?

A recently released free online booklet – Earth as Our Home  does just that, offering tips for living more sustainably with the planet. The 16-page illustrated pamphlet comes from the Catholic Sisters for a Healthy Earth, an environmental group comprised of eight women religious congregations.

Sr. Meg Gemar, of the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, told NCR that the creation care collective wanted to provide the people in the pews with a simple, reflective tool that connects the idea of their own homes with our shared domicile, Earth. Gemar, one of the eight authors, studied earth literacy at St. Mary of the Woods College, in Indiana.

Presentation Sr. Joy Peterson, the project coordinator, said in a press release that the communities wanted “to take a new look at how everything we do, no matter where we are, is interconnected and tied to the well-being of all living things.” She told NCR so far they have received a lot of enthusiastic feedback from people who have downloaded it and also seen paper copies.

Read the full story at National Catholic Reporter.