Season of Creation

Respect for All

“The human environment and the natural environment are deteriorating together, and this deterioration of the planet weighs upon the most vulnerable of its people. The impact of climate change affects, first and foremost, those who live in poverty in every corner of the globe. Our obligation to use the earth’s goods responsibly implies the recognition of and respect for all people and all living creatures. The urgent call and challenge to care for creation are an invitation for all of humanity to work towards sustainable and integral development.” ~Joint Message of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the World Day of Prayer for Creation, Sept. 1, 2017

“Integral ecology” which is the understanding that everything is connected. Can you think of examples of problems in your local community where an “integral ecology” approach might help find solutions to persistent problems? Traffic and homelessness in Rochester are just two needs to consider from an “integral ecology” perspective.