Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Season of Creation

To mark this year’s Season of Creation, the Catholic Climate Covenant is hosting a five-part webinar series, “On the Common Good & Our Common Home,” for U.S. Catholics to:


-       Understand how Catholic social teaching (CST) and creation care are essential to the fullness of faith and the Church’s mission;


-       Facilitate courageous conversations about climate change and Catholic civic participation; and


-       Apply Catholic Social Teaching, including creation care, to form one’s conscience ahead of the 2020 elections.


The Season of Creation is celebrated annually between September 1 and October 4. It is a special time for Christians, as we are called to renew our faith in the God of all creation and join in prayer and action for the care of our common home.


Here are the details so far:


Webinar #1:  Thursday, September 10, 3:00-4:00 PM EST

The first webinar of the series is “Catholic Social Teaching, Politics, and the Fullness of Faith.“ This will be the foundational webinar outlining the virtue of political participation and the foundations of Catholic social teaching as essential to the fullness of faith. When you register you will automatically receive a link to the recording.

Presenters include:

Most Reverend John E. Stowe, OFM Conv., Bishop of Lexington, KY

Daniel R. DiLeo, PhD, Director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program at Creighton University

Moderator: Dan Misleh, Executive Director of Catholic Climate Covenant

Register for Catholic Social Teaching, Politics, and the Fullness of Faith webinar here: REGISTER for WEBINAR #1


Webinar #2: Monday, September 14th, 3:00-4:00 PM EST

The second webinar in the series, “Climate Change, Our Faith Values, and 2020”, is hosted by Interfaith Power & Light, Catholic Climate Covenant, and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. This webinar will equip attendees on how to effectively hold ‘courageous conversations’ with your faithful family, friends, and colleagues about the importance of caring for Creation and voting our values.


Here is some background on the Catholic Climate Covenant from their website.


In 2006, to address growing ecological awareness and the need to implement Catholic social teaching on ecology within the US Church, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) helped form Catholic Climate Covenant. Inspired by the USCCB's 2001 statement on climate change, and supported by 19 national partners (which include the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association, congregations of religious men and women, and other national organizations), Catholic Climate Covenant helps US Catholics respond to the Church's call to care for creation and care for the poor.


We are grounded in the Church's deep history of teaching on creation, ecology, and the poor. Caring for creation and caring for the poor have been a part of the Catholic story since the beginning, but in recent years St. John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and especially Pope Francis have added a sense of urgency to their call for Catholics to act on climate change. The US Bishops themselves having been calling for action since 1981.


Catholics do care about climate change and they're working hard to create solutions. Catholic Climate Covenant is at the center of these efforts. With the approval and support of the United States bishops, we help guide the US Church's response to the moral call for action on climate change by sharing authentic Catholic teaching on creation and the poor and by informing and inspiring community leaders to take action (education); by sharing stories of those most affected by climate impacts in the public square (public witness); and by providing concrete tools, techniques, and technical assistance to help Catholic peoples and institutions reduce their carbon footprint and to work for justice (resources).


Catholic Climate Covenant can help you answer the call to care for creation and the poor through the sharing of Church teaching, our resources, and our programs. Loving God's creation and God's most vulnerable is at the heart of who we are as Catholics.


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