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!
September 1-October 4
Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action Event
Saturday, September 15, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
St. Patrick’s Parish Auditorium, 2702 Broadway East, Seattle, 98102
Pax Christi Northwest and the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action are hosting an event in Seattle as part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action, September 15-23, when thousands of nonviolent actions will take place across the United States shortly before the pivotal US Congressional elections. Mr. Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan will speak on peace, nonviolence and nuclear weapons. A march will follow. Recognizing the connection between violent conflicts and environmental destruction, we view nonviolence as part of caring for God’s Creation.Contact: Dennis Duffell and Rodney Brunelle at email@example.com.
September 22, 10:30 am
St. James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Join with Christians worldwide to commemorate the Season of Creation, the time between September 1 (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) and October 4 (feast day of St. Francis of Assisi). We invite all people of faith to celebrate the joy which the Earth shares with us. Let us come together to thank God for the richness that is in the Creation which we share. Father Michael G. Ryan will preside at the Mass and afterward, he will bless the new Cathedral. Contact: Patrick Barredo firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, September 30th following the 9:30 am mass
Church of the Assumption, 2116 Cornwall Ave Bellingham, WA 98225
This workshop is designed to assist parishes, schools, and communities in embracing and implementing Laudato Si’. If you are a parishioner at the Church of the Assumption in Bellingham, join us! If you are interested in bringing this workshop to your parish email us at email@example.com or call us at 206.223.1138.
October 4th, 11th and 18th 6:00 pm
St. James Cathedral Pastoral Outreach Center
907 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA
Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, Seattle First Baptist Church, and St. James Cathedral present their Fall Faith + Ecology Film Series. All films free and open to the public. Join us for this documentary discussion series on faith and the environment. We begin with a vegetarian supper at 6:00 pm. Films start at 6:30 pm, with discussion to follow. All showings are at the St. James Cathedral Pastoral Outreach Center.
JustFaith Catholic Laudato Si’ Program
The JustFaith Catholic program now includes Laudato Si as its central text and is designed for small groups of Catholics. Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, the program invites participants to live more simply, love more compassionately, and make a difference in the world. Through engaging reading, prayer, thought-provoking dialogue, and encounter, participants will open their hearts to the world while building lasting relationships.
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
- Ecological Examen
Stories of Hope
As part of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Parish Ambassador Corps, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish’s Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Jennifer Ibach, traveled to Malawi with CRS in July 2018. Read about her experience and how she witnessed the impacts of climate change on local farmers in the “Good News from the Missions Office” September Newsletter (page 5).
Photo courtesy of Jen Ibach/Catholic Relief Services
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.
- 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