Environmental Justice

The Right to Water and the U.N. Summit on Sustainable Development

Pope Francis will soon make his first visit to the United States. In addition to meeting with Congress and with President Obama, he will also address the United Nations General Assembly, which is set to adopt seventeen new “sustainable development …

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Reverence for Creation, Reverence for Life

In recent weeks, the dramatic news of migrants fleeing the violence in Syria or escaping by boat to ports of entry in Europe has gripped the world’s attention. The story of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi and the picture of his lifeless …

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Our Response to the Crisis of Climate Change Must Be Prophetic!

Since the release in June of Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, people of all faith traditions and people of good will throughout the world have been captivated by the breadth and …

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Reflection on Environmental Justice Internship

  To say I knew nothing about Catholicism when I first came to the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach would be an understatement. Raised in the United Methodist Church, I wondered how I could contribute to the work being …

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Climate Change: Rethinking the Path We Are Traveling Down Together

On February 20, I attended a congressional briefing on faith and climate change. Religious leaders representing four major faith traditions in the United States – Catholic, Jewish, Hispanic evangelical, and Baptist – presented a unified and powerful call to Congress …

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Praying for Creation During Lent: Care for the Air

“Light and darkness, wind and fire, water and earth, the tree and its fruit speak of God and symbolize both God’s greatness and nearness.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1147 We witness God’s love and greatness in our …

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Praying for Creation During Lent: Where Have We Come From?

As children of God, we are naturally inclined to the good, despite the wounds of sin. We desire to live more perfectly in His image, to progress. Lent is a time to check on our progress. Where have we come …

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Praying for Creation During Lent: Reflecting on Who We Are

Scripture teaches us that God created heaven and earth and it was good. God commanded us to care for creation. This is our task. Jesus shared with us the Good News that God loves and cares for each of us, …

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Praying for Creation During Lent – Retreat into the Wilderness

In the season of Lent, we are propelled into a period of soul-searching and repentance as we prepare for Christ’s return on Easter Sunday. We imitate Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days, in order to take stock of …

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The Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska

For nearly five years, the Keystone XL pipeline has been a buzzword across North America. Only recently, though, are we understanding the actual implications of the project whose approval is now a very real possibility. What does extending the Keystone …

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