We seek to grow in a Franciscan spirituality of the earth, recognizing the incarnate Christ in all of creation. We see ourselves in mutual relationship with God, one another, all living beings, the earth itself, and the entire cosmos. We recognize that compulsive greed and chronic indifference are the greatest obstacles to a healthy relationship with Creation. As followers of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology, we seek to better understand the role of the environment in the common good so that we might act justly and wisely.
Some of our ongoing efforts to care for creation include the Community Garden Project, Waterway Cleanup Projects and EarthWeek at The Franciscan School. We are also involved in developing the St Francis Green Policies and encourage all to see the Sustainability link for more information and Green Tips.
We invite you join us in our monthly meetings that include both reflection and actions as we care for God’s creation.
For more information, contact Bill Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-787-5973.
MOVIES RECENTLY SHOWN
February 24: The Community Garden kicked off the spring gardening season with a screening of “GROW!” All across the U.S. there is a growing movement of educated young people who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. GROW! takes a look at this new generation of sustainable farmers through the eyes, hearts and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic and fiercely independent young growers.
February 8: Franciscan Care of Creation showed “Earth: The Operator’s Manual.” This PBS documentary tells the story of Earth’s climate history and humans’ relationship with fossil fuels. “This special dispenses with controversy, partisan debates and political stalemates and focuses on the beauty and bounty of the planet, human ingenuity, and the many reasons to be optimistic about our future,” according to the synopsis.
January 11: The Franciscan Care of Creation ministry showed the documentary “FRESH.” FRESH features the farmers, thinkers and business people who are re-inventing our food system from an industrial model to one that is local, sustainable, and mimics natural systems.
Wanted: Volunteer Information Sessions Organizer
Responsibility: Arrange for educational sessions related to care of creation and environmental stewardship on topics such as food, water, energy use, climate change or other environmental issues.
Mode of Operation: The format and content of sessions are flexible. The sessions can feature movies, speakers, panels, debates, plays/skits, etc. The Franciscan Care of Creation ministry will be a resource for topic ideas, or you may solicit ideas or help from other local organizations. St. Francis staff will assist in planning and advertising the events.
Time Requirement: Minimum of 10 hours a quarter, including two hours the day of the event and two hours to make arrangements for a movie. More time would be needed to arrange panel discussions. You would have flexibility to plan the sessions as your schedule permits.
Rewards: Helping others make the connection between our Catholic faith and the importance of environmental stewardship.
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