A New Solidarity With Creation
Pope Francis encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home, challenges all of us to care for the Earth and to care for the poor. The encyclical builds on the strong tradition of care for creation, as articulated by St. Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict and others. IPJC has joined with a group of Catholic parishes, schools and organizations in Western Washington who have come together to support one another in living out the vision of the encyclical. This web page is a hub for information, events and resources for shared use. We hope you find it helpful!
IPJC Joins with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and other leaders in supporting the Catholic Climate Declaration, affirming the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
On June 2, approximately 175 people of faith came together for Care for the Earth, Care for the Poor: A Laudato Si’ Summit. Our three keynote speakers were both informative and inspirational. Dan Misleh, Executive Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, provided a summary of Laudato Si’ and its impact on the Church and the world in the three years since it was issued. John Sirois from the Upper Columbia United Tribes spoke about the local impacts of climate change in Washington State, and Caroline Brennan from Catholic Relief Services addressed the impacts of climate change globally. Handouts from the summit are available here.
- Action Plan Worksheet
- Care for Creation Continuum of Action
- Sample Letter
- Organizations and Resources on Creation Care
- A Centro-Laudato Si’ Poem
Stories of Hope
Our local Laudato Si’ group was recently featured in a cover story in Northwest Catholic entitled “Connecting With God’s Creation.”
It includes many great ideas that you can implement in your community.
During the Season of Creation in 2017, several Catholic parishes, schools and organizations came together to pray, learn and act on creation care. For example Christ our Hope parish sponsored a boat tour of the Duwamish River, during which participants learned about how the river came to be a Superfund site, and what is happening with current cleanup efforts. St. Joseph parish held a Blessing of the Animals event for children at St. Joseph school as well as for parishioners. IPJC, along with other parishes, sponsored presentations by Jeff Renner, former KING 5 meteorologist, on climate change and our faith response. St. James Cathedral hosted the first annual Mass Celebrating the Season of Creation.
It’s not too early to start planning your community’s events for the Season of Creation, September 1-October 4. Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Mass Celebrating the Season of Creation at St. James Cathedral September 22, 2018.
- Archdiocese of Seattle Missions Office
- Christ Our Hope Parish
- Earth Ministry
- Maryknoll Northwest Mission Office
- Seattle University Center for Environmental Sustainability & Justice
- Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture
- St. James Cathedral Care for Creation Committee