Dear First Name,
The question is "Are We Being Faithful?" I don't think the question is whether or not we'll be successful in reversing climate change. The question we need to ask is, "Were we faithful?"
Years ago, Jesuit and theology professor, Fr. John Coleman, said this to an interfaith gathering near Albany, NY. Today as then, it strikes me that this is perhaps an even greater challenge. Far too many of our brothers and sisters in faith are not seriously contemplating the fate of the earth and all it holds from our own hand.
As our year-end fundraising campaign begins, I believe you—faithful servant of God's good gift of Creation—understand this. Together, we have much to do. From our personal actions to organizing our parishes and other communities and advocating for the voiceless—each of us play important roles.
With your help, the Covenant will accelerate efforts to protect Our Common Home.We believe 2019 will mark a turning point for the Catholic Church in awareness and action. But it can't be done without financial resources. Giving Tuesday put us firmly on a path to meet our goal of $75,000 by January 1. But we need each of you to contribute to be successful. If you've given in the past, please double your gift. If you've never given, please do so today. Help us be faithful stewards of God's good gifts.
Founding Executive Director
Catholic Climate Covenant
Catholics Leading the Way
2019 Earth Day Program: Pre-Register Now!
Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, has chosen as the theme for 2018 "Protect Our Species". To complement the theme, Catholic Climate Covenant will provide you with a one-hour educational program, "All Creation Gives God Praise: Protecting Biodiversity in a Time of Climate Crisis".
You can pre-register to receive the program in early March. The program will include prayers, readings, a short video, and suggested activities.
Note: Earth Day 2019 falls on the Saturday before Easter (April 22nd). Therefore, we recommend celebrating Earth Day during the Easter season or another date that suits your community's schedule.
Statement on the Fourth National Climate Assessment
On Friday, November 23, 2018, the federal government released the Fourth National Climate Assessment covering both the science and potential impacts of climate change. The report is a sobering reminder that as Christians we must take immediate action to avert the worst possible scenarios of climate change. The Covenant posted a statement summarizing the report and calling the Catholic community to action. A Catholic News Service article on the assessment and featuring Dan Misleh and other Covenant partners can be found here.
24th Conference of the Parties
As the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change began in Katowice, Poland, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See's Secretary of State, offered challenging remarks to the delegates. He recognized the new urgency of addressing climate change as outlined by the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He also acknowledges, as many have, that current commitments under the Paris Agreement are insufficient. Please read his entire statement here.
Recording of Simple Living-Faithful Living Webinar Available
A timely webinar for Advent and the Christmas season! The presenters (Kyle Kramer, Passionist Earth and Spirit Center, and Simone Blanchard, CRS Ethical Trade) explore what Pope Francis calls the "sickness of consumerism" and give practical tips on how to overcome it.
Watch webinar here.
Faithful Action on Climate Change
Register Now for the 2019 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering!
"Let Justice Flow (cf. Am. 5:24): A Call to Restore and Reconcile"
February 2-5, 2019 Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
Special early bird registration rate deadline EXTENDED to November 30th!
Join us at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering! In partnership with Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services, the Covenant will be presenting a workshop on practical ways to implement Laudato Si'.
Highlights of the convocation include:
- A plenary panel conversation addressing the evil of racism in our hearts and communities, featuring Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, Assistant Professor at Harvard University and author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America, Elena Segura, founder of Pastoral Migratoria in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Fr. Henry Sands, Executive Director of the Black and Indian Mission Office.
- Sessions on immigration, restorative justice, and global and domestic poverty.
Don't miss this transformative annual gathering for leaders in Catholic social ministry and advocacy. See the full schedule and register here.
1) Our Partner, the Global Catholic Climate Movement has a variety of creation-centered Advent resources available here.
2) The Interreligious Working Group for Extractive Industries has a a prayer companion for the lighting of the advent wreathin preparation for the Synod on the Amazon in 2019:JOURNEY OF HOPE PRAYING WITH THE AMAZON IN ADVENT
Book Review: The Printer's Choice
Executive Director Dan Misleh recently finished reading Bill Patenaude's The Printer's Choice and recommends it to all who enjoy reading about ethics, technological choices, and how our future is taking shape…all within a sci-fi context. The Printer's Choice weaves together faith and fundamental human truths with a dystopian future shaped by current realities. The "choices" we make about how we live as individuals, communities, and nations do matter and are related. There is virtue or vice in every choice we make. If you are interested in how ethical considerations should govern technology, you will be interested in this book.
When not writing books, Bill Patenaude is also a speaker and writer about the Catholic perspective of ecology. Check out his blog, Catholic Ecology.