Join the ArchIndy Creation Care Ministry for a three-part series to deepen your relationship with God as it relates to creation care and our shared desire that all of God’s family have access to and benefit from the gift of creation. Come be part of a multicultural faith experience where you can learn more about the challenges different communities in our Archdiocese face, what home means to each, and how we can build a more just and inclusive common home.
Thursdays: Sept 23, Sept 30 and Oct 7, 2021 @ 6 PM
Location: St. Thomas Aquinas, 4600 N. Illinois Street. If safety precautions require a shift to online, registered participants will be contacted via email. Masks are required.
SESSION 1: Considering Home from Different Cultural Perspectives.
Invited speaker: Paula Brooks, Hoosier Environmental Council
Come reflect on what comes to mind when you think about home, learn what home means for others who represent various cultures present in our city, understand more about environmental racism and how environmental impacts often disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color in Indianapolis. You’ll be invited to a “brave space” for small group discussion where you can share and learn in a spirit of humility, courage, grace and mercy.
SESSION 2: Building Up Community Through Economy, Ecology and Ecumenism.
Invited speakers, Sr. Shiela Marie Fitzpatrick, John Mundell and Fr. Rick Ginther
In this session, you will hear from speakers experienced in putting the church social teachings present in Pope Francis’s encyclical letter Laudato Si’ into practice in the areas of economy, ecology and ecumenism, and how joining teaching and life in these areas is key to building up a sense of home, or “oikos”, for all members of a community. The session will include a teambuilding activity and small group discussion to help understand how these different areas of our life can come closer together in our one Christian vocation to care for the earth and one another.
SESSION 3: Ecological Conversion: Answering the Call to Care for Our Common Home
This final session will offer time pray and reflect on the ways that God may be calling you to an “ecological conversion” by making practical changes through small daily gestures that contribute to a healthier environment for everyone. Through prayer, reflection and group discussion, you will have time to consider the beauty of creation, the challenging impacts human beings can have on our common home, and how being a steward of the earth and of one another is a conscious daily choice we can freely make over and over again.
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