Our faith, Catholic social teaching and parish mission statements all call us to respect God’s creation. Creation is an ongoing process that we are affected by and effect, both intentionally and by omission. We see that the young and poor of our world are the most vulnerable in our increasingly unstable, declining environment. Our daily decisions shape the environmental legacy we leave. What kind of leadership should our cluster provide as a faith community to this crisis?
We seldom realize the far-reaching effects of our choices on the world; the choices we make in our homes, parishes, schools, and community. This, we must fix. We need to find better ways to do things, big and small, to positively impact the climate, our communities and our own well-being. Our parishes are engaged in some environmental initiatives but they are scattered without a cohesive and comprehensive sustainability plan.
The Sustainability Team works with staff, lay leaders, and both congregations to promote environmental education and awareness, help identify where we can improve our use of resources with minimal effort, assess and tackle areas that present greater challenges, and even save some money along the way! We ask you to share our concern for environmental and social justice, to dialogue on what we can do, and help facilitate action. Our goal is that care for creation be reflected in everything we do as a faith community and as individuals.
We want our faith community to respond to the environmental crisis at our doorstep. We will take on initiatives that are doable, but we can’t do it alone. Your participation in the process of reviewing current operations, your ideas for improvement, and your open minds and willing hearts are vital. Together we can find the energy, conviction and spirit to more fully live our faith and our parish mission.
Sustainability Team contact: Annalisa Ragatz – Annalisa.Ragatz@gmail.com
Click here to read about Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment.