Our response to injustice calls us to personal and social transformation
We see spirituality and justice as one and commit ourselves to live this out in all our relationships. Systemic evils deprive people of their intrinsic rights and working to help restore these rights is the work of justice.
Information from the Office of Peace, Justice and
the Integrity of Creation
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About Laudato Si’ Action Platform
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a unique collaboration between the Vatican, an international coalition of Catholic organizations, and “all men and women of goodwill.” (LS 3) Taking a truly ground-up approach, it is rooted in the strengths and realities of communities around the world, empowering all to take “decisive action, here and now” as we journey towards a better future together. (LS 161)
Action is urgently needed. Our Creator called the human family to be the steward of creation, but we have neglected that call. Our hotter, dirtier, deader planet is driving up the risk of suffering. The most vulnerable suffer above all.
At this kairos moment, we are responding to the call for healing in our relationships with God, our neighbors, and the Earth itself. Through the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, we are walking the “path to renewal” together (LS 202). More information about the specific goals can be found here.
Watch here, geologist David Montgomery and biologist Anne Biklé preview their forthcoming book, “You Are What Your Food Ate.” They share the growing body of scientific evidence underlying how soil health dramatically affects the health of crops and animals, and ultimately human bodies. The intimate connections between the life of the soil and the nutritional quality of food points to the profound importance of farming practices that can imbue the human diet with the nutrients and compounds that underpin health, or rob us of them. They discuss how a growing vanguard of farmers pioneering regenerative practices is proving that farming practices that are good for the land are good for us too.
NY RENEWS Faith Engagement:
-On January 25 the Climate Can’t Wait coalition is holding a rally in Albany from 11am to 3pm. Buses and lunch will be provided. Here are the registration page and outreach toolkit:
– For those of you and in your communities who’d like more clarity on the strategy change, here is a one-pager and a letter the coalition sent to the governor:
– Finally, we’re resending the call tool we use to call Gov. Hochul.
Q: What’s the best day to call the governor and ask her to put $15 billion into the budget for climate, jobs, and justice?
A: Every day.
Rivers of Hope Virtual Pilgrimage Next one Jan. 11 at 7pm ET
Four virtual visits along U.S. rivers to hear from those ministering with people impacted by some of society’s most difficult situations. Presenters will share how they find hope and strength. Opportunities will be provided for prayer and small group conversations. Rivers of Hope is a collaborative effort of the Asociación de Hermanas Latinas Misioneras en América (AHLMA), the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC), and the Religious Brothers Conference (RBC). More information and registration here.
Learn more about Shinnecock Kelp Farmers, a collaboration between Shinnecock Women, Greenwave, CSJ’s and SUNY,Stony Brook. In this interview Tela describes the historical importance of kelp and a healthy coastline, critical to the Shinnecock’s ancient culture; how it was nearly destroyed, and the steps being taken by six women to rebuild and regenerate kelp farming and the ocean seaweed-based community. View here. Also follow Shinnecock Kelp Farmers on FB here.
Pax Christi Metro New York
40 Day Fast for Christian Nonviolence, July 1-Aug. 9
Pax Christi MNY has participated in a 40-Day Fast for Christian Nonviolence from July 1st to August 9th, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, the largest Christian community in Japan at the time. It is also the anniversary of St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein), a victim of the holocaust because of her Jewish heritage, and Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter who refused to serve in Hitler’s army. This is a rolling fast, which means we share in the fast with different people choosing to fast just one of the 40 days; the same day every week, e.g. every Tuesday; or more. The hope is that all days will be covered because we are taking turns fasting. Also, please note, the fast does not have to be a fast from food. Some people cannot do that for health reasons, but it is possible to fast from TV, the internet, social media, or some other attachment. Find Resources here.