This reflection was written by GIPL Board Member, Susan Varlamoff. Susan is a retired program director from the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. She is a parishioner at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lilburn.
I felt a scientific and moral imperative to participate in the People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. on April 29.
As an environmental scientist, I understand the link between climate change and human behavior, and as a Catholic, I feel a deep responsibility to safeguard our natural resources for succeeding generations. As a mother of three sons and two grandchildren, I want to leave the Mother Earth in good standing to nourish their bodies and souls. And I know time is not on our side. Continue reading
After enjoying beautiful and delicious vegan stuffed pumpkins catered by Joy Cafe, attendees were treated to an engaging and challenging discussion on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si. Arguing that this document is the most impactful of the last 30 years, Dr. Tucker spoke about its deep resonance with the current environmental movement. Scientists and activists are looking to the faith community for resilience and hope. Now is the time to join the movement! Dr. Tucker emphasized that together, as an interfaith community, we are stronger. Let us heed this powerful call to action, banding together in hope to bring forth a sustainable and resilient future!
The Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta will celebrate its first Green Mass for all who volunteer or work in “green jobs” or environmental sustainability, and for all those who love planet earth, on Tuesday, October 4th, the feast of St. Francis, at noon.
This Mass will be held at The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will be the celebrant. Continue reading
A great recap of Pope Francis’ messages about climate change during his visit to the U.S. last week, and ways we as people of faith can continue and propagate that message moving forward. Written by Jessie Dye, Program and Outreach Director of Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light for Sightline Daily.
Maybe you heard? Pope Francis was making the rounds last week in DC, New York, and Philly. The buzz has been hard to miss.
It’s no wonder. The Pope is the “faith boss” of every practicing Catholic on earth: 1.2 billion Roman Catholics worldwide and at least 70 million Catholics in the US—that’s the largest denomination by far, 22 percent of the American population. (Interestingly, the second-largest US “faith” group is former Catholics.)
But it’s not just his flock that’s paying attention these days; the crowd-pleasing Pope has mostly everybody’s ear. And he’s talking about climate change—a lot. Continue reading
Bob Hauert, FAMA board member, hosts an evening event which will play the Pope’s comments to Congress earlier that day, September 24, 2015. Afterwards, a panel of Catholic theologians and a political scientist will briefly discuss his speech. Their comments will be followed by a question and answer period with the audience, and the evening will end with a wine and cheese reception.
The screening of the Pope’s address to Congress, panel discussion, and reception following the discussion are free and open to the public. There will be a voluntary collection to help the Catholic Student Union at Emory University. Students will collect donations as you leave the talk.
The event location is: Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health Auditorium.
You must register for this event at www.aquinas.emory.edu