Sisters of St. Joseph were represented at the NYS Land Summit Conference by Sisters Karen Burke and Clara Santoro. They joined with Sister Chris Loughlin, OP to present a session on Religious Congregations and their evolving relationship with land conservation. See below.
Religious Congregations and Land Trusts: Partnering for Sacred Grounds
Many Religious congregations have come to feel a growing responsibility to initiate a new relationship with their lands at the same time they are experiencing decreasing membership and financial pressures. Concurrently, land protection groups are realizing that these lands constitute an outstanding collection of unprotected natural areas and open spaces. These lands are often in large parcels that contain significant natural and community resources.
Prominent eco-theologian Thomas Berry identifies the “Great Work” of our time as establishing a mutually enhancing human-earth relationship in all our endeavors and institutions. These insights provide a compelling framework and fresh new directions for responding to our environmental crisis. Partnering for land conservation represents one of these new directions.