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Integral Ecology | Tue, May 16, 2017

Jordan Waters: Preservation for Sustainable Living

"When human pride explodes, it destroys and exploits nature. Think of water. Water is something precious and very important. Water gives life; it helps us in everything. But to exploit the minerals, which leads to the contamination of water, then messes up the environment and creation is destroyed! This is just an example. There are many more."

—Pope Francis, February 22, 2017

I read this quote from a homily by Pope Francis in which he emphasized our care for the environment. It had an immediate effect upon me as I was visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during a school break. I previously worked in Jordan as the pastor of the English Language parish for the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

The World Health Organization ranks Jordan among the lowest in the world for water resource availability per capita, with water scarcity becoming a more menacing challenge as the population doubles and climate changes make precipitation more uncertain and variable. In addition, the desert kingdom hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees and displaced persons, creating an enormous strain on a fragile water infrastructure.

Read the rest of Fr. John Predmore, S.J.'s full blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2017/04/20/jordan-waters-preservation-for-sustainable-living/.

Education for Justice | Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Thank You Cards for Workers

Give these thank you cards to custodial workers, baristas, restaurant workers, or hotel staff to honor their labor and build solidarity.

Instructions:

1. Print the card on cardstock or other heavy paper. Select “print on both sides of paper” (flip on short edge).

2. Be sure to make the paper size “actual size,” and then trim off the excess paper.

3. Write a note of gratitude on the back of the card. For the peace sign cards, use colored pencils to create a unique design.

4. Give the card to a worker!

Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Center of Concern | Fri, Apr 21, 2017

Jordan Waters: Preservation for Sustainable Living

"When human pride explodes, it destroys and exploits nature. Think of water. Water is something precious and very important. Water gives life; it helps us in everything. But to exploit the minerals, which leads to the contamination of water, then messes up the environment and creation is destroyed! This is just an example. There are many more."

—Pope Francis, February 22, 2017

I read this quote from a homily by Pope Francis in which he emphasized our care for the environment. It had an immediate effect upon me as I was visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during a school break. I previously worked in Jordan as the pastor of the English Language parish for the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

The World Health Organization ranks Jordan among the lowest in the world for water resource availability per capita, with water scarcity becoming a more menacing challenge as the population doubles and climate changes make precipitation more uncertain and variable. In addition, the desert kingdom hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees and displaced persons, creating an enormous strain on a fragile water infrastructure.

Read the rest of Fr. John Predmore, S.J.'s full blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2017/04/20/jordan-waters-preservation-for-sustainable-living/.

Integral Ecology | Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Can Market Forces Be Aligned with the Vision of Laudato Si’?

Perhaps no environmental challenge calls for more urgent action than climate change. If we are to avoid dangerous climate change, science tells us we must dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the next decades.

Of course, Pope Francis addresses this topic directly in his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’:

"Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day" (Laudato Si’, 25).

I work in the investment industry and know many people who have welcomed Pope Francis’s clear and forceful call for changes in the way we live as a global community and produce and consume goods in order to slow and very quickly reverse the widespread harm to the environment.

We have seen that the goal of maximizing short-term profits far too often has driven business and investment decisions, with little attention to long-term sustainability or impacts to communities, employees, and the environment.

During my time in the field, however, I have seen a change in how business and investors think about their relationships with the people whose lives they touch and the natural environment.

To read the rest of Stu's reflection, click here.

Center of Concern | Wed, Apr 5, 2017

A Daily Photo Journal: Walking the Stations of the Cross Today

This daily Stations of the Cross resource connects the writings of Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., to the realities of injustice in our world today.

"Photographs can powerfully pull us into someone else’s experience. As you use this Photo Journal to reflect during Lent, think about the sorrow, pain, and redemption of Jesus’ Last Day. 
Journey with Him as you walk through the Fifteen Stations of the Cross. Think about the ongoing suffering of those around us. Resolve to help others bear their cross. How do you see Jesus in the faces of the poor, the refugees, the migrants, and the homeless? Do you wipe their faces with compassion and seek to lift them up?"

To view the resource, go to: http://bit.ly/2nXobAT.

Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

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