In 2015, Pope Francis initiated the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1 of each year. Read His Holiness’ letter For the Celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
Also read Archbishop Miller’s Letter to the Faithful on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
The Day of Prayer for Creation, says Pope Francis, is “an opportunity to reaffirm our personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”
To facilitate this celebration, consider using the Franciscan Mission Office’s resource as a guide for prayer or praying the Prayer for Creation, which appeared at the end of Pope Francis’ encyclical.
Laudato Si, Pope Francis’s document, addresses the world’s ecological crisis. It has caught the world’s attention, particularly in Vancouver where Mayor Gregor Robertson attended a conference at the Vatican on the role of cities in addressing climate change, sustainability and poverty.
Laudato Si + 1
This event is intended to keep the conversation about Laudato Si going, and to direct it toward some of the positive impact it has already had.
When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Asia Pacific Hall, Wosk Centre for Dialogue SFU
(580 W Hastings Street)
Who: The panel will include Archbishop Miller and notable leaders from the government, First Nations, sustainable business, academia and environmental groups
One year after the encyclical, the SFU Interfaith Centre, in collaboration with the SFU Sustainability Office, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and SPNAGE PR and AD Agency, is hosting a public dialogue to highlight the concrete steps that businesses, organizations, researchers and individuals in the Lower Mainland have taken to improve “our common home.
The evening will spotlight the accomplishments and progress that has been made since Laudato Si was published. While there is much work that needs to be done, Vancouver is leading the way in many areas. City policies, academic research and inspiring initiatives from First Nations and business groups are helping to solve problems and address challenges related to caring for our common home. Vancouver is considered the 9th best place in the world to launch a startup, and many of those startups are based on creative solutions to to environmental problems, waste reduction, and energy consumption.
Awards for businesses, groups and individuals actively applying the teachings of Laudato Si will also be announced at the event.
Event hosted by:
- SFU Interfaith Centre: A centre on campus which encompasses numerous faith groups: Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Bahai’s, the Jewish community. Follow them on twitter @SFUInterfaith
- SFU Sustainability Office: provides institutional support and coordination for departments, units, groups and individuals to advance sustainability initiatives at and beyond SFU and is the central hub for sustainability innovation at SFU
- Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions: PICS is a collaboration between four BC universities (UVic, SFU, UBC, UNBC) working to turn climate knowledge into climate action. Follow them on twitter @PICSCanada
- SPNAGE PR and Ad Agency: SPNAGE is sponsoring the awards, social media and press coverage of the event. Follow them on twitter @SPNAGE_PR
Follow @LaudatoSiPlus on twitter to acknowledge the accomplishments of Vancouver businesses, organizations & individuals caring for our common home with sustainable practices.
INITIATIVES HAPPENING IN OUR ARCHDIOCESE
Check out this dialogue guide for Laudato Si’ (available for purchase) presented by the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice. This new resource for small group discussion is a colourful guide to Laudato Si’, bringing to life in photos, cartoons and stories this ground-breaking and challenging encyclical from Pope Francis.
Rosaries made from recycled papers
The Dream Foundation of Uganda, a non-profit children development organization, are selling rosaries, made by widows, abandoned pregnant teenager, and the vulnerable in Uganda for a living. These rosaries are made from treated recycled papers with mags paper which is very light and green. Rosaries have been coated multiple times, so it does not run, or fade.
The foundation depends on its handmade goods to support their programs. Rosaries are $20USD. To learn more about the bead project, check out this video or view photos.
More info: http://thedreamfoundationuganda.org
Reduce your carbon footprint
Commit to reducing your carbon footprint today! The Sisters of Charity (Halifax) and Associates are using the following strategy to reduce their carbon footprint! Check out this useful resource!
Eco-Sabbath: Walk/Cycle to Mass
Our Lady of Fatima in Coquitlam has started Eco-Sabbath: Walk/Cycle to Mass, a monthly, “green” initiative that promotes a deeper understanding of Eucharistic thanksgiving and Sabbath rest by increasing use of sustainable transportation to Mass.
On the last weekend of every month you’re invited to walk, bike or carpool to Mass.
Consider starting this initiative at your parish! To learn more about Eco-Sabbath, click here .
Bilingual Rosary for Creation
In September 2016, Our Lady of Fatima Parish will lead a bilingual guided rosary for the Season of Creation. Consider planning initiatives for next year’s Season of Creation!
Download the event poster here
Laudato Si + 1
Follow @LaudatoSiPlus on twitter to acknowledge the accomplishments of Vancouver businesses, organizations & individuals caring for our common home with sustainable practices. Look out for upcoming events in Spring 2016 at UBC!
How to get involved locally
Encourage businesses to sign this pledge
Vancouver companies are voicing their support for stronger action on climate change from governments around the world, and being recognized as green economy leaders. Encourage local businesses to sign this pledge today!
Sign Development and Peace’s petition online
Sign Development and Peace’s Action Card, asking the Prime Minister to sign on to an agreement at COP21 that sets the target to keep the rise in temperature below 2°C and to be a leader in achieving that target.
Notes from the Conference on Mining and Community Solutions
On June 6, 2016 Jim Cooney, a mining industry leader, presented at The Conference on Mining and Community Solutions at the University of British Columbia. Click here to view notes from the conference.
Highlights from the Mining Symposium
On Friday, April 8, more than 200 people attended a symposium with Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, and expert panels including concerned climate scientists and representatives from First Nations, mining companies, NGOs and shareholders.
The intent of this symposium was to foster respectful and ongoing dialogue among all concerned stakeholders and to better understand the problems mining companies face while at the same time ensuring that mining operations take full account of the common good, which was achieved through the wonderful presenters and panelists we heard from.
In case you missed the event, the following Panellists have made their presentations available:
- Peter Chapman, Executive Director of the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) presented on Religious Investor Responses to CLIMATE CHANGE
- Simon Donner, Associate Professor of Climatology at the University of British Columbia presented on Four things you need to know about climate change
- Barbara Wilson, Haida elder and graduate student studying climate change and First Nations at the Simon Fraser University presented on Climate Change – Impacts on Air, Indigenous Peoples, Lands and Waters
- Jason Milne, Vice President, Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment at RBC Global Asset Management, Phillips Hager North presented on Climate Risk & the Role of Investors
- Jim Cooney, an Adjunct Professor at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at UBC presented on Mineral Resource Development in the Context of the Encyclical Laudato Si’
- David Keane, President, British Columbia LNG Alliance, former VP, Policy and Corporate Affairs, BG group presented on BC LNG Alliance
- Cynthia Callison, a member of the Tahltan First nation in Northern B.C. and a lawyer who has acted as general counsel for First nations and their organizations in a wide range of legal matters presented on Mineral Development & Indigenous Peoples
Highlights from the Laudato Si Symposium
On Wednesday, Oct. 21st, more than 200 people attended a symposium with Mayor Gregor Robertson and Catholic Archbishop J. Michael Miller, as well as representatives of First Nations, Environmental Groups, Charitable Organizations, and Faith Communities, for a dialogue on Laudato Si and how it might help give new energy to cooperation between governments, faith communities, environmental interests, businesses and individuals in caring for our common home and each other.
Links and Photos
- Check out #RCAVclimate for tweets from the event.
- Click here to read Archbishop Miller’s remarks from the event.
- Learn more about the panellists and exhibitors who contributed to the success of the symposium!
- Browse some photos from the event on the B.C. Catholic website
- Hrant Tahanian, Pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic-Orthodox Church in Richmond.
- Mary Fontaine – Founder of Hummingbird Ministries, a Presbyterian minister of healing for Aboriginal people of BC’s Westcoast.
- Jay Ritchlin – Director General of Western Canada and Acting Director of Science and Policy at the David Suzuki Foundation.
- Metro Vancouver Alliance – locally organized, faith, non faith, unions and community working together for the common good
- Development and Peace – The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada supporting partners in the global south
- Instruments Beyond Borders –Registered non-profit society that delivers musical instruments to youth orchestras in disadvantaged communities at home and abroad.
- A Rocha – International Christian organization which, inspired by God’s love, engages in scientific research, environmental education, community-based conservation projects and sustainable agriculture.
Videos from the Event