Choosing Sustainability: Abundant Life for All
What is our responsibility as people of faith?
What does our faith teach us about the Earth?
The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) stand with all who seek to sustain Earth and look to the future of the planet.
Concern for this issue led the Sisters of the U.S.-Ontario Province to select the theme, "Choosing Sustainability: Abundant Life for All," for their 2015 Province-wide gathering. Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK, is keynote speaker for the event, coming on the heels of Pope Francis' influential comments about global warming ("'Laudato Si' - On Care For Our Common Home").
The links below provide a glimpse of some issues important to the SNJM U.S.-Ontario Province.
SNJM Resources - Stories from our U.S.-Ontario Province
- Nun at Alhambra Catholic school teaches water conservation, bashes bottled water - Pasadena Star News - http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/environment-and-nature/20150621/nun-at-alhambra-catholic-school-teaches-water-conservation-bashes-bottled-water
- HNU Saves More Than Seven Million Gallons of Water: Holy Names University (HNU) saved more than seven million gallons in University-wide water usage this year compared to last year, which represents a drop of about 19,000 gallons per day. The decrease in water usage is part of the University's long-term sustainability plans. Read more at: https://www.hnu.edu/about/news/hnu-saves-more-7-million-gallons-water
SNJM Congregational Resources
- SNJM Congregational corporate stand page about water as a human right: http://snjm.org/en/social-justice/our-commitments/access-to-water/167-about-us/what-we-do/social-justice/corporate-stands/400-water-is-a-human-right-and-public-good
- SNJM Congregational Water Committee presents "Awakening to the Cry of the Earth" - introduction (pdf) and reflection (pdf)
Resources and Commentary on Pope Francis' Laudato Si'
- The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center (IPJC) shares "Suggestions for Integrating Laudato Si' with Climate Change: Our Call to Conversion": http://ipjc.org/publications/Laudato%20Si%20Supplement%202015.pdf
- Thank Pope Francis for Laudato Si' from NETWORK - http://act.networklobby.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15037
- Leaders of Religious Congregations Welcome Pope's Call to Action (LCWR release) - https://lcwr.org/media/leaders-religious-congregations-welcome-pope%E2%80%99s-call-action
- Top Ten Takeaways from 'Laudato Si'' - http://americamagazine.org/issue/top-ten-takeaways-laudato-si
- Bishop Fabbro on Pope Francis' Encyclical on Ecology - http://wp.dol.ca/webportal/diocese/news_detail/1/9/2267
- On Planet in Distress, a Papal Call to Action - http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/06/18/world/europe/encyclical-laudato-si.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
- Francis: The Environment Encyclical - National Catholic Reporter (NCR) - http://ncronline.org/feature-series/francis-environment-encyclical
- Laudato Si' encyclical - Global Sisters Report - http://globalsistersreport.org/series/laudato-si-encyclical
- Seasons of Creation website
- Climate Change: Our Call to Conversion from the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center: http://ipjc.org/publications/climate.html
- Pope Francis endorsed the Catholic Climate Petition after meeting with a group of representatives of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) in the Vatican. To read the petition and learn more about its call for bold climate action, follow this link: http://catholicclimatemovement.global/pope-francis-endorsed-catholic-climate-petition/
- Letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from Archbishop Wenski on carbon emissions standards
- Carbon Footprint Calculator