During the civil rights era, churches stood by activists and acted as sites of organization, solidarity and support. Now churches can step up once again and open their doors, this time for climate activists.
Catholic universities should bear prophetic witness to the threats of climate change, Cardinal Robert McElroy said at the conference "Lighting the Way Forward: The Purpose of Catholic Higher Education in a Changing World."
Our world has so much to grieve: the injustice toward her inhabitants, the eradication of her kin. We kill not only each other but also the very place we call home. But we are not alone in our lament. God mourns with us. The earth is groaning alongside of us. What is our truest response but to grieve?
No created thing was void of value or purpose for Christ. Observe the birds, Jesus advised, notice the lilies of the field. What if we took him seriously in our daily routines and did just that? What if we truly considered what wisdom might be found in all created things?
In 2006, the U.S. bishops, along with other groups, founded Catholic Climate Covenant. This nonprofit offers a pledge you can take, and what better New Year's resolution to make than a commitment to our common home?
It is through the dirt that we are bound together in a sacred belonging. Reflect on the last time you felt like you belonged to a web of life larger than yourself. What cultivates belonging in your life? What can you nurture with your own hands that connects you to our ecosystem?