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Grounding Sustainability in Faith-Based
Mission and Identity
Dan DiLeo
Project Manager
Catholic Coalition on Climate Change
[email protected]
Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner
Director, Office of Sustainability
Santa Clara University
[email protected]
The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change
•
Launched in 2006
•
12 National Catholic Organizations:
- From the United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops:
- Department of Justice, Peace and Human
Development
- Migration and Refugee Services
- Catholic Charities USA
- Catholic Relief Services
- Catholic Health Association of the United States
- Conference of Major Superiors of Men
- National Catholic Rural Life Conference
- Franciscan Action Network
- National Council of Catholic Women
- Leadership Conference of Women Religious
- Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
- Carmelite NGO
CatholicClimateCovenant.org
The Catholic Climate Covenant
• Individual, family, school,
parish, arch/diocese
• 25+ Catholic Partners
• The St. Francis Pledge to Care
for Creation and the Poor
http://catholicclimatecovenant.org
CatholicClimateCovenant.org
The St. Francis Pledge to Care for
Creation and the Poor
•
PRAY & reflect about our duty to
Creation and the poor
•
LEARN about Catholic teaching and
climate change and educate others
•
ASSESS our contributions to the
problem
•
ACT to change behaviors and choices
•
ADVOCATE on behalf of those without
a voice
CatholicClimateCovenant.org
The St. Francis Pledge to Care for
Creation and the Poor
•
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
•
The Jesuit Conference
–
USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human
Development
•
The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action
Directors
–
USCCB Dept. of Migration and Refugee Services
•
National Association for Lay Ministry
•
Catholic Relief Services
•
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
•
Catholic Charities USA
•
Catholic Campus Ministry Association
•
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
•
National Federation of Priests Councils
•
National Catholic Rural Life Conference
•
National Diaconate Institute for Continuing Education
•
Catholic Health Association of the U.S.A.
•
National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman
Catholic Clergy
•
National Council of Catholic Women
•
U.S. Catholic Mission Association
•
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
•
Africa Faith and Justice Network
•
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
•
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
•
Carmelite NGO
•
Woodstock Theological Center
•
Franciscan Action Network
•
National Catholic Development Conference
•
National Catholic Education Association
•
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership
•
Resource Center for Religious Institutes
•
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
•
Pax Christi USA
•
Saint Michael’s College
•
Marianist Environmental Education Center
Sustainability and Faith-Based MissionWHY
• It’s Part of Who We Are
• Integrated Mission
• Unique Contributions
• Avoid Polarizations
Sustainability and Faith-Based MissionIt’s Part of Who We Are
• “The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of
Eden, to cultivate and care for it.”
Genesis 2:15
• “Christians . . . realize that their responsibility within creation and
their duty towards nature and the Creator are an essential part of
their faith.”
Pope John Paul II
1990 World Day of Peace Message, No. 15
Sustainability and Faith-Based MissionIntegrated Mission
• “Care for God’s Creation is not a new
component of Catholic identity. It is as old as
Genesis, and must therefore be integral to the
mission, identity and everyday life of Catholic
colleges and universities.”
Most Reverend William S. Skylstad
Bishop Emeritus of Spokane
Honorary Chairman, Catholic Coalition on Climate Change
Past President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Sustainability and Faith-Based MissionIntegrated Mission
v.
Sustainability and Faith-Based MissionUnique Contributions
Human Life & Dignity
Option for the Poor & Vulnerable
Sustainability and Faith-Based MissionAvoid Polarizations
• “At its core, global climate change is not about economic
theory or political platforms, nor about partisan
advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the
future of God's creation and the one human family. It is
about protecting both ‘the human environment’ and the
natural environment. It is about our human stewardship
of God's creation and our responsibility to those who
come after us.”
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue,
Prudence, and The Common Good
The St. Francis Pledge to Care for
Creation and the Poor
•
PRAY & reflect about our duty to
Creation and the poor
•
LEARN about Catholic teaching and
climate change and educate others
•
ASSESS our contributions to the
problem
•
ACT to change behaviors and choices
•
ADVOCATE on behalf of those without
a voice
CatholicClimateCovenant.org
Two Concurrent Goals
• 1. Schools implement the Toolkit
• 2. Schools become a Catholic Climate Covenant Partner
The St. Francis Pledge to Care for
Creation and the Poor
•
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
•
The Jesuit Conference
–
USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human
Development
•
The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action
Directors
–
USCCB Dept. of Migration and Refugee Services
•
National Association for Lay Ministry
•
Catholic Relief Services
•
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
•
Catholic Charities USA
•
Catholic Campus Ministry Association
•
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
•
National Federation of Priests Councils
•
National Catholic Rural Life Conference
•
National Diaconate Institute for Continuing Education
•
Catholic Health Association of the U.S.A.
•
National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman
Catholic Clergy
•
National Council of Catholic Women
•
U.S. Catholic Mission Association
•
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
•
Africa Faith and Justice Network
•
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
•
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
•
Carmelite NGO
•
Woodstock Theological Center
•
Franciscan Action Network
•
National Catholic Development Conference
•
National Catholic Education Association
•
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership
•
Resource Center for Religious Institutes
•
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
•
Pax Christi USA
•
Saint Michael’s College
•
Marianist Environmental Education Center
Catholic Climate Covenant Partnership
• What
- Official endorsement of the St. Francis Pledge to Care for
Creation and the Poor
• Why
- Public affirmation of institutional commitment to missionbased sustainability
- Stand in solidarity with 25+ national Catholic organizations
• How
- Notify the Coalition of institutional endorsement
Catholic Climate Covenant Partnership
•
Then What?
- College/University:
- Publicize
- Encourage campus community to take the Pledge &
register online
- Convene a St. Francis Pledge Committee to discern
Toolkit implementation
- Integrate Pledge into sustainability branding
- Link to Coalition/Toolkit from school website
- Coalition
- Name added to Partner list
- Promote any stories in weekly Newsletter
- Facilitate communication
In-Class Assignment & Homework
• Identify 3 key institutional personnel with whom
you will share the Toolkit and advocate
Partnership when you return to your campus
• Identify 2 other next steps which you will take to
share the Toolkit and advocate Partnership when
you return to your campus