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Care for Creation Efforts

Holy Name Province ministries are rich and diverse in their efforts to live out the Gospel call to protect and preserve God’s creation. Peruse the educational and formative programs, advocacy efforts and direct service work going on in our local communities. Find shared efforts and camaraderie. Find inspiration for new ways to nurture the earth.

To add to the list, contact Fran Eskin-Royer in Holy Name Province’s Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.

Education

educationEfforts that form and inform us to better address the needs of people and/or creation


C4C: FRANCISCAN CARE FOR CREATION PROGRAM

C4C is a six-session faith formation program that prepares communities to address important ecological issues. C4C is explicitly Franciscan in that it fosters ongoing conversion through active engagement in the world and through prayer. For more information, please visit www.franciscanaction.org.
 
Narrowsburg, N.Y.
The program ran in 2011 (April/June). Since then the parish has engaged in a number of care for creation projects and established "2 Franks' Cafe", which provides a place for fellowship and offers a free, hearty meal to the community the 3rd Saturday of each month.  All are welcome! 
Contact: Cathleen Breen
 
Paterson, N.J.
Program ran Wednesday evenings during Lent in 2011 and culminated with a group project around Earth Day.
 
Triangle, Va.
The parish assisted in the program's development by providing feedback about the pilot version, and ran the final product in the fall of 2011. The community also has used components of the program, including the Global Footprint tool and the first session of the program, within the parish and in staff development.

“AND GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD”/NATIONAL PARKS AMERICA’S BEST IDEAS -
FOUR-SESSION SENIOR ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

Paterson, N.J.
Past offering. A four-session Christian education course accompanying the PBS film "The National Parks: America's Best Idea."  Materials were obtained from Earth Ministry  and WETA, 2775 S. Quincy St. Arlington, VA 22206.
 

“VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY” LEARNING CIRCLE

Raleigh, N.C.
Five-week study circle based on a module from the Northwest Earth Institute that helped parishioners reflect on their consumer lives and find ways to simplify their life and spirit.
Contact: Trevor Thompson

CARE FOR CREATION COMMITTEE

Triangle, Va.
The St. Francis of Assisi Parish Care for Creation Committee, in accordance with God’s command and their responsibility as a GreenFaith Sanctuary, endeavors to model, educate, and advocate for the moral and faithful stewardship of God’s earth, never forgetting the kinship between all creation and the human person. They strive to promote communities focused on well-being, sustainable living, and waste reduction, while encouraging a renewal in the sacramental view of creation, which recognizes that through the gift of creation we may all encounter and grow closer to God. Activities include coordinating the parish’s annual St. Francis Earth Day, engaging in legislative advocacy, participating in a variety of awareness and educational initiatives, and more.
 

EARTH WEEK CELEBRATION 

Raleigh, N.C.
Week-long series of events at the parish’s school to bring grade-school children in closer contact with earth care activities.
Contact: Valerie McNabb
 
Durham, N.C.
In keeping with its commitment to Creation Care, an Earth Day Fair was presented by Immaculate Conception Parish and Immaculata Catholic School in Durham, N.C. Held from April 16 through 18, 2016, the event featured exhibits from the school, parish ministries and community groups. Topics included Eno River and state parks, the newly installed church cistern and ideas for recycling and composting. Attendees had opportunities to sign petitions regarding climate change and the Green Power Fund.
Contact: Maryann Crea

EL RINCON VERDE - LA NUEVA EVANGELIZACION EN ACCION
(THE GREEN CORNER - THE NEW EVANGELIZATION IN ACTION)

Silver Spring, Md.
A short segment in the weekly radio program "De Cara al Viento" on the local, Latino radio station.  This initiative involves several members of the Latino JPIC subcommittee at St. Camillus Church.  Topics covered include: the biblical basic for care for creation, tips on reducing electricity consumption, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, global climate change, the spiritual dimension of the environmental justice.

FRANCIS' FEET

Camden, N.J.
In Nov. 2012, the parish began offering its urban parishioners a monthly opportunity to experience St. Francis' perspective of creation. Each month, parishioners are invited to take a meditative nature walk at a local park along the Delaware River. During the outing, those gathered read a passage, walk in silence for short periods and share insights.

FRANCISCAN SOLIDARITY EFFORTS AGAINST INDISCRIMINATE MINING IN CENTRAL AMERICA

St. Camillus Parish 
Silver Spring, Md.
The issue of mining, especially in Central America, has become one of the top JPIC priorities within the worldwide Franciscan family.  Resources to educate Holy Name Province ministries on this important focus include:  “The Story of the Mining Threat in El Salvador,” a background piece on the subject; “Gold Mining and the Defense of Water in El Salvador,” a preliminary report from an international delegation to El Salvador (May 10-13, 2013); and a video of a SPANISH prayer service at St. Camillus on the topic, "Un servicio de oración y sanación de la Madre Terra y una vida abundante para todos sus” ("Prayer Service for the Protection of Earth and the People from Destructive Mining"). 
Contact:  Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM 


GREEN FAITH

Triangle, Va.
In 2012, New Jersey-based GreenFaith, an internationally recognized interfaith environmental coalition, accepted St. Francis of Assisi Parish into its certification program, the country’s first interfaith environmental certification program for houses of worship. St. Francis of Assisi Parish was the first house of worship in Virginia to enter this prestigious program. Churches, synagogues, mosques and temples gain recognition as environmental leaders when they receive GreenFaith certification by carrying out more than two dozen environmental activities over two years. From eco-themed worship services and religious education on the environment, to reducing consumption in their buildings and engaging in environmental justice advocacy, participants “green” their communities. When congregations complete the program, GreenFaith officially acknowledges them as religious environmental leaders. St. Francis of Assisi Parish was officially certified a “GreenFaith Sanctuary” and “faith-based environmental leader” in 2014.
 
Durham, N.C.
In December 2014, Immaculate Conception was accepted into the GreenFaith Certification Program, the nation’s first interfaith environmental certification program of houses of worship. The parish is the first religious organization in Durham to join this prestigious national program.
Contact: Maryann Crea
 

THE GREEN CORNER - BULLETIN COLUMN

Silver Spring, Md.
In 2012, the parish began publishing "The Green Corner," a regular column in the parish bulletin.  The column provides eco-tips and other care for creation education (e.g., excerpts from the Franciscan Statement on Climate Change Statement) in an effort to improve the community's environmental literacy.  To download a sample PDF of the column in Spanish and English, click here.  For a listing of excerpts from the Franciscan Climate Change Statement featured in the column, click here.

Advocacy

advocacyEfforts that use community organizing and/or dialogue with local and national officials to address the needs of people and/or creation


ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SUPPORT

St. Camillus Parish
Silver Spring, Md.
St. Camillus’ Latino Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee advocates for clean energy initiatives.  On April 2012, the group rallied in Annapolis for Maryland to support Wind Energy. For a video of the gathering, click here.
Contact:  Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM 


COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AROUND ENERGY ISSUES

Durham, N.C.
Nascent community organizing efforts around energy policy and nuclear power. 
Contact: Maryann Crea

FRANCISCAN RESPONSE TO FRACKING AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Pompton Lakes, N.J.
This ongoing group gathers at least monthly to organize, mobilize and network on issues related to fracking.  Presently it has helped organize 24 local towns to have resolutions passed banning a proposed Pilgrim Pipeline from being constructed in northern N.J.; the number of towns involved continues to grow.  The group visits representatives when a relevant bill or issue is pending.  In 2015, group members also plan to set aside time to study and reflect on the past four years of intense action. 
Contact: Jackie Schramm
 

FRANCISCAN SOLIDARITY EFFORTS AGAINST INDISCRIMINATE MINING IN CENTRAL AMERICA

St. Camillus Parish 
Silver Spring, Md.
The issue of mining, especially in Central America, has become one of the top JPIC priorities within the worldwide Franciscan family.  St. Camillus Parish collaborated on an advocacy effort with Franciscans in Central America, and more than 1,200 of the Silver Spring parishioners signed a petition calling for a prohibition of large-scale mining in El Salvador, defending that country and its people from threats posed by the many large-scale mining projects located along the borders with Guatemala and Honduras.  The petition also called for declaring water as a human right and enacting legislation to benefit public interest and sustainability.  Further, St. Camillus’ Spanish-speaking Secular Franciscan community reached out to the Capuchin Sacred Heart Parish in Washington, D.C. and got an additional 900 signatures on the petition.  In Feb. 2014, the two parishes were considering forming a joint delegation to deliver the petition to public officials in Washington, D.C. representing the government of El Salvador.  The group hopes to deliver the petition as an anticipated encyclical focused on ecological issues is released.
Contact:  Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM

Direct Service

serviceEfforts that work to address the immediate needs of people and/or creation


BEACH CLEAN-UP

New York, N.Y. 
On September 17, 2011, the parish and school participated in the American Littoral Society’s Annual Beach Clean-up, focusing on a stretch of the Hudson River just blocks from the church. To learn more about this international care for creation event, visit http://www.littoralsociety.org.
Contact: Janet Curley
 

CAMPUS ENERGY AUDIT

Durham, N.C.     
The parish’s original energy audit was completed in 2011.  A new audit is being undertaken in conjunction with the GreenFaith initiative (see entry below).
 

RECYCLING EFFORT

St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
St. Bonaventure University students participated in Recyclemania during February and March to improve recycling efforts on campus. A “Trashion” Fashion show featured designs created by St. Bonaventure and area high school students using 90 percent post-consumer goods.
 

GREENFAITH
Triangle, Va.
In 2012, New Jersey-based GreenFaith, an internationally recognized interfaith environmental coalition, accepted St. Francis of Assisi Parish into its certification program, the country’s first interfaith environmental certification program for houses of worship. St. Francis of Assisi Parish was the first house of worship in Virginia to enter this prestigious program. Churches, synagogues, mosques and temples gain recognition as environmental leaders when they receive GreenFaith certification by carrying out more than two dozen environmental activities over two years. From eco-themed worship services and religious education on the environment, to reducing consumption in their buildings and engaging in environmental justice advocacy, participants “green” their communities. When congregations complete the program, GreenFaith officially acknowledges them as religious environmental leaders. St. Francis of Assisi Parish was officially certified a “GreenFaith Sanctuary” and “faith-based environmental leader” in 2014.
 
Durham, N.C.     
The parish was accepted into the GreenFaith program in January 2015 and hopes to be certified at the end of two years.