The Resurrection brings the joy and hope of new life and the promise of right relationships. This month the CCAO will be involved in a number of activities that seek to bring us closer to a relationship with Creation that is in keeping with the Good News.
On April 6, Good Friday, the CCAO will lead a Stations of the Cross through the streets of Washington, D.C. Also known as the Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross, it is a long-standing tradition of the Washington, DC-based ecumenical advocacy community. The Way of the Cross takes participants on a 3-hour walk around many government institutions. Stops are made at the Capitol, the Department of Agriculture, the White House, the World Bank and many other well-known buildings where important policies are determined which impact the national and global common good. At each stop, scripture will be read, a litany will be spoken and prayers will be recited. Each one reminds us of the difficulties and the promise of our political institutions. Our chosen readings are available on the website and we encourage you to adapt it for your city.
April 22 is Earth Day and will be greeted throughout the world with processions, demonstrations, conferences, vigils, etc. The CCAO will participate in a week of activities planned for Washington, DC. by a number of different faith groups and faith coalitions. There will be inter-faith services on April 22 and 24, as well as a procession, a conference and visits to Congress members on April 24. April 26 will be recognized as a National Day of Prayer for the Environment.
On April 24 we will participate in a conference, organized by the Bank Information Center which has as its goal the writing of an inter-faith statement on the Extractive Industries. Columban Fr. Frank Nally is an expert on these issues and his input has been sought for the formation of the statement. Michelle Knight, CCAO Advocacy Associate, serves as chair of the D.C. based Extractive Industries Working group and will represent Columbans at the conference. Several Catholic Bishops from around the world will participate. A unified statement on moral and ethical principles from the faith community on mining will be an important tool for creating justice for people and the Earth.