Prepared by the Team at the Pastoral Center
eResource Kit for Parish Conversations on Creation Care
Pope Francis is asking all of us to become activists for environmental justice. He wants us to talk together locally, devise local and national solutions, and work to change the systems that keep people poor, endanger creation, and lead to the breakdown of the gifts which God has given us "to till and keep."
Moving away from divisive either/or politics
But how do we do this when some people disagree about the causes of and cures for environmental degradation? Some people believe this is all politically motivated somehow. Others believe strongly in the profit motive as the primary engine for wealth. Some people cannot stop consuming -- buying, using-and-throwing-away, and exploiting creation in the process.
So how do we talk together in this charged political environment? These resources will help you do that. They include:
- Open Hearts - Open Minds -- a guide to holding parish discussions
- Rules for Talking it over Together -- Common sense guidelines for your gatherings
- Advocating for Environmental Justice -- Concrete and proven ways in which parishioners can get involved locally and nationally
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The Pastoral Center
Bill Huebsch is an author, theologian, former director of religious education, and long-time Catholic publishing professional. He is also a husband, a widely-published and award-winning author, a gardener, a university professor, and a pretty qualified corkscrew operator. He has been a farmer, a marketing director, arts administrator, director of religious education, and diocesan administrator. Bill has published nearly thirty books as well as numerous articles, booklets, and screenplays.
Bill is the founder of the online Pastoral Center and past president of Twenty-Third Publications. Bill writes and teaches extensively on the catechetical mission of the Church and on the importance of continuing to implement the vision of the Second Vatican Council.