OPJCC Priority Issue: Earth
All of us as Christians are called to watch over and protect the fragile world in which we live and all its peoples. Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel)
“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.” Pope Francis, Laudato Si - Praise Be to You: On Care for Our Common Home
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EarthConnection, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, is a center for learning and reflection about living lightly on Earth. Aware of the interconnectedness of all of Creation, we seek to integrate spirituality and sustainability through programs in sustainable agriculture, alternative energies, ecojustice and ecospirituality.
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According to Catholic Social Teaching - Care for God's Creation, we show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.
A Green Spot is a Motherhouse or Mother Margaret Hall office, department, work area, or Sisters’ living area that practice at least three “acts of green.”
Each department and Sisters’ living areas received a form listing several ways individuals and groups are sustainable and Earth-friendly. In most cases, employees and Sisters checked off more than the required three ways they practice “acts of green.” And, many added their own green practices if not found on the list. Participants then received a Green Spot certificate to proudly display.
Sisters in the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall live the mission of caring for all creation, every day. And employees support that mission every day too! There are 160 Green Spot certificates displayed throughout the building. This does not go unnoticed.
Visitors have commented about the Green Spots they have seen. They appreciate knowing that Sisters and employees do not take our shared Earth for granted. After inquiring about our Green Spots, one visitor was inspired to do three “acts of green” in her home. Three Sisters from other congregations have asked for assistance in adopting and adapting our Green Spot initiative to their congregations. And, by displaying their Green Spot, our employees show our Sisters, and each other, that they honor the Sisters of Charity mission of caring for creation.