Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pope Francis Calls Everyone to Pray and Act During the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation takes place from September 1 to October 4 October. Pope Francis is calling Christians of all traditions and on all continents to make a special time for prayer, reflection and care for Creation.

September 1st was proclaimed as a day of prayer for the environment by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. The Orthodox church year starts that day with a commemoration of how God created the world. On 4 October, Roman Catholics and other churches from the Western traditions commemorate Francis of Assisi, known to many as the author of the Canticle of the Creatures. The proposal to celebrate a "Time for Creation" during these five weeks was made by the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in 2007. Pope Francis designated September 1st as a World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation for the worldwide Roman Catholic Church in 2015.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

PWRDF Water Walk: Anglican Diocese of Montreal

Please plan to join us on September 30th for awareness raising, exercise, and fun at the H2O (Hands to Others) PWRDF Water Walk!

Why: to raise awareness of the need for clean water in Pikangikum & other first nations communities and to encourage donations, through PWRDF, to help provide necessary clean water.

When: Saturday, September 30th from 10 am to 1 pm. There will be a brief initial send-off at 10:00 am, but feel free to begin walking anytime between 10 am and 11 am depending on your pace. You may also join the Walk at any spot along the way.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fossil Fuel Divestment Webinar: Catholic Divest Toolkit

A fossil fuel divestment webinar focusing on the link between divestment and mission will take place on September 6, 2017 – 10am NYC / 3pm GMT/ 4pm Rome/ 4pm South Africa. It is titled, "Prophetic Actions and Voices on Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice: Silent Disinvestment or Public Divestment?"

The webinar will present the new Catholic Divest toolkit. It provides practical information on divestment and on fossil free investment.  This webinar is part of Catholic Season of Creation events. For resources on staging a Season of Creation event click here.

The aim is to raise the issue of going public with divestment decisions for the next Joint Catholic announcement on October 4, 2017 having prophetic voice.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Resources for Planning a Season of Creation Event

Here are some resources for those interested in staging a Season of Creation event. This celebration calls Christians of all traditions and on all continents to make a special time for prayer, reflection, and care for Creation. Hundreds of events will take place during the course of this celebration that runs from September 1 to October 4.

September 1st was proclaimed as a day of prayer for the environment by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. The Orthodox church year starts that day with a commemoration of how God created the world. On 4 October, Roman Catholics and other churches from the Western traditions commemorate Francis of Assisi, known to many as the author of the Canticle of the Creatures.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The WCC and the Season of Creation

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is a stalwart supporter of the Season of Creation which takes place from September 1 to October 4. This special season calls the world's 2.2 billion Christians of all traditions and on all continents to make a special time for prayer, reflection and care for Creation. Hundreds of events will take place during over the course of the coming month.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Presiding Episcopal Bishop responds to Trump’s decision to pull U.S. out of worldwide climate accord

President Donald Trump announced June 1 that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a 2015 pledge to limit climate change signed by 196 nations.

The agreement includes a plan to decrease carbon emissions and limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, and a commitment from wealthier nations to provide $100 billion in aid to developing countries. The agreement is the first-ever binding, international treaty in 20 years of United Nations climate talks.

The presiding bishop’s statement follows.

Paris climate deal exit 'deeply troubling' to Catholic leaders

Despite urging from allies, corporate leaders' last-minute calls and even a not-so-subtle gift from the pope, President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he would withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.

With the announcement, Trump removes the United States — the world's second-largest present-day polluter, and the largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases — from the first-of-its-kind international pact that commits countries to curbing climate change. In December 2015 in Paris 195 nations signed the deal in a bid to keep global warming between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) — the point at which scientists predict the devastating effects of climate change, such as sea level rise, increased drought and more frequent, intense storms, would become most severe and potentially irreversible.