Broken Bay Diocese is answering Pope Francis’ call to take “swift and unified global action” in response to environmental degradation and climate change, hosting an event to help communities care for the environment in practical ways.
St Anthony in the Fields, in the Frenchs Forest parish, will welcome parishioners from across Sydney on Saturday, May 28, to hear from theology expert Professor Neil Ormerod and Thea Ormerod, president of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, about how to care for creation and undergo an ecological conversion.
The event will provide parishioners with resources to unpack the theological and practical framework for parishes to care for their common home, a call issued by the Pope in his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’.
It will also provide parishes with a framework to implement to Australian Catholic Bishop Conference’s Social Justice Statement 2021-2022, which encouraged a genuinely Christian response to the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”.
“This promises to be an exciting event that builds on conversations already happening in parishes around environmental sustainability,” said Emma Baker, Life, Marriage and Family Team leader for Evangelisation Broken Bay.
“Caring for our earth needn’t be about solving every ecological problem all at once but looking around at our parish communities and asking ourselves: ‘What small, achievable change can we make today?’
“It’s a journey and a process, that has dialogue as its foundation. It begins with ‘a culture of encounter’ as Pope Francis likes to call it.”
Details and to register: Care for our Common Home
Care for our Common Home (Broken Bay News)