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  • Anthony’s Garden

    St Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Powell, Ohio created Anthony’s Garden to memorialize the son of family in their congregation. The garden is tended by parishioners, and each week produce from their garden is donated to their local food pantry Help My Neighbor.
  • DSO Connections

    The Diocese of Southern Ohio utilizes an online platform, Connections, to maintain open channels of communication throughout their community. Their articles on Creation Care are complied in a single page which includes updates from individual congregations that have made steps toward creation care in energy efficiency and more. They also provide resources to connect one’s faith with civic action. They shared an article outlining 2019 attempts to end Ohio’s renewable energy standards and included ways that individuals could contact their legislators.
  • Creation Television Series

    Salt + Light Media produced a free television series called Creation. It contains personal stories, clerical teachings, and Biblical truths. Its goal is to help answer the fundamental question, why do Catholics need to care about the environment?
  • Diocese of Southern Ohio goes Green

    By the end of May, The Diocese of Southern Ohio will have all of their buildings powered by 100% renewable energy. These buildings include Procter Center, Diocesan House, Gabriel’s Place, and the Latino Ministry Center in Forest Park. The diocese will be saving over $1,400 annually along with reducing their carbon footprint.
  • Diocese of Southern Ohio Energy Plan

    The Diocese of Southern Ohio posted a plan to help congregations and households with their energy bill. It was titled, An Energy Plan: Taking Action Today Results in a Better Tomorrow, and gives tips and important questions to ask when discussing your electric and gas bill. It also provides instructions on how to develop an Energy Plan to ultimately save energy and money.
  • Crown Point Ecology Center

    Crown Point is an ecology center in Bath, Ohio. Their mission is to demonstrate the applications of ecology and connect them to spirituality, social justice, and environmental protection. They work to be a role model for food security and sustainable land use through farm stewardship, advocacy, and education. Their goals and mission are achieved by integrating their four core values into everyday life. Their four core values include community, justice, spirituality, and sustainability.
  • Just Transition: Shrinking our Carbon Footprint While Leaving No One Behind

    Just Transition: Shrinking our Carbon Footprint While Leaving No One Behind is a webinar offered by the Catholic Climate Covenant. It focuses on how the poor feels the greatest impacts and consequences of climate change, how to address the challenge of switching from a fossil-fuels based economy to a clean energy economy, and what Catholic social teachings have to say about a transition to a clean energy economy.
  • Creation Justice Ministries Downloadable Resources

    Creation Justice Ministries offers downloadable resources to help educate on faith and climate change. They have resources on climate and energy, Earth Day, environmental health, and land & water stewardship. There is also a free download on how to build a creation friendly church.
  • Profile: Marti Hunter

    Marti Hunter is the Communications Consultant for Ohio Interfaith Power and Light. She has a background in both religious education and communications work. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”-William Shakespeare
  • Center for Spirituality in Nature

    The Center for Spirituality in Nature is a center located in Arlington, Virginia, that offers spiritual experiences in nature with the aim to draw people closer to their relationship with God. They offer programs that explore the theological, spiritual, and ecological connections between the Earth and all its creatures. They are partners with the Wild Church Network and their work has been mentioned in The Washington Post and Interpreter Magazine.
  • Stations of the Cross: Climate Change

    Stations of the Cross is a project created by artist Mary Button to engage viewers in a greater understanding of social injustices through Jesus’s execution. In 2016, the topic was Climate Change seeking to explore the torments of the Earth and also act as a call to action. The work is comprised of fourteen drawings that illustrate deforestation, desertification, and ocean acidification using hands to tell the story of Passion through gestures. These drawings have been made into a coloring book which can be purchased as a whole or as individual pages.
  • Shepherd’s Corner Event

    Shepherd’s Corner offers a public walk through there spiritual labyrinth once a month. It is a space for peace, insight, comfort, healing, energy, connection, and letting go. The next walk is offered April 27th from 7-8:30 pm and you must register by April 25. The event is free but a $5 donation is suggested.
  • Earth Day 2017: Know the Creator through Creation

    The Catholic Climate Covenant has produced Know the Creator through Creation, an educational program to help celebrate Earth Day. This is the second year they have offered this resource that includes prayers, scripture readings, videos, discussion questions, and suggested activities to help teach about climate change. Their goal is to increase climate literacy and assist Catholics in embracing their call to care for creation. There are three different age specific programs between 30 minutes to an hour long.
  • Cal DeWitt on Laudato Si’

    Earth Stewardship and Laudato Si is an article written by Cal DeWitt, a professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. His article was first presented at a session on religion and ecology at a meeting of the Ecological Society of America. It was then published in the Quarterly Review of Biology and has been one of the top five most read articles in the past five months. Dewitt discusses his response on the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si pulling from his scientific background in environmental studies and scriptures from the Bible.
  • The Vocation of Agriculture: to Till and Keep God’s Creation Postponed

    This event has been postponed to a later date. When a new date is decided upon this blog will be updated. The Vocation of Agriculture: to Till and Keep God’s Creation is a discussion on the calling of agriculture. The challenges of rural workers, rural parishes, and rural communities will be explored. There will be many speakers throughout the day including Sr. Christine Pratt and Dr. Hitzhusen both from OSU. Participants are encouraged to read Laudato Si and the Vocation to Agriculture by Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson before attending.
  • Engaged Organization: The Catholic Climate Covenant

    The Catholic Climate Covenant is the US Catholics response to the Church’s call to care for creation and care for the poor. They are based out of Washington, DC, and are supported by 14 national partners. Among their many ambitions, they aim to teach Catholics on climate change, equip them to care for creation and the poor, and inspire leaders to take actions. They have helped 140 Creation Care Teams lead their communities, organized 7 national press conferences, and helped supporters send over 10,000 letters in support of climate change. Additionally, their work has been mentioned in over 3,000 media stories. Their website includes environmental programs, teachings, and resources.
  • St. Francis Pledge

    The St. Francis Pledge is a commitment to respond to the moral call for action on climate change. The commitment includes praying, acting, and advocating to solve climate change. There have been over 10,000 individuals and 75 institutions that have taken the St. Francis Pledge. They have committed to living out the Catholic values through deep reflection, concrete action, and advocacy.
  • Engaged Organizations: Catholic Relief Services

    Catholic Relief Services strives to carry out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. They promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies. A major initiative includes fighting the effects of climate change on the poor.
  • Engaged Organizations: Catholic Rural Life

    Catholic Rural Life is a national, Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to the importance of rural America. Their mission is to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America while strengthening and sustaining the Church. They advance their mission through three distinct areas of impact: ethical food and agriculture, rural outreach and ministry, and stewardship of creation.
  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Environment Justice Program

    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops considers Environmental Justice to be a core issue that requires the action of all Catholics. Their response to this issue has been the Environment Justice Program. This is a program of the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development that educates and motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God’s creation. They encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people.
  • The Vocation of Agriculture: to Till and Keep God’s Creation

    The Vocation of Agriculture: to Till and Keep God’s Creation is a discussion on the calling of agriculture on Saturday March 25th at St. Joseph Church in Plain City. The challenges of rural workers, rural parishes, and rural communities will be explored. There will be many speakers through the day including Sr. Christine Pratt and Dr. Hitzhusen both of OSU. Participants are encouraged to read Laudato Si and the Vocation to Agriculture by Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson before attending.
  • Pope Francis on the Dakota Access Pipeline

    Pope Francis has released a statement on the issue of developing land that is spiritually significant to native people. There have been many incidents in recent years where land was taken from natives in order to further economic development of a country at the cost of the rights of native people in regards to practicing their religion. Although it was never officially stated, this statement was in regards to the approved completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will interfere with sacred land of different Native American tribes.
  • Kentucky Nuns

    The Sisters of Loretto have been involved in social movements and justice for a long time. It’s not surprising to hear that in recent history, they were involved in stopping a Kentucky pipeline. The construction of the pipeline, as well as the route it took, would have caused potentially massive amounts of pollution and damage to the earth. As stewards of the earth, they saw it as their job to protect the planet.
  • Pope Francis on the Amazon

    Pope Francis attended World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in 2013. While there, he addressed the issues that the people there face in preserving the rainforest and the need to act as stewards of the environment. He spoke to the youth and encouraged them to become active in preserving the environment and carrying out holy missions.
  • The Boomerang Alliance’s Use of Good Friday

    The Boomerang Alliance in Queensland is calling on the government to implement the use of container deposits. They are doing this with the theme of Good Friday, invoking religious feelings and morals to gain support. This Easter and holiday season, it is always important to think about what we can all do to make a difference.