P, J, & R Commission
GREEN TEAM

The Green Team welcomes and invites all to join in living out the Laudato Si' Pledge and being the yeast that will foster ecological conversion for the parish.  The Team meets regularly via Zoom to identify ways it can infuse hearing the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor in the liturgy, in work with other parish commissions and the parish at large. The Laudato Si' Circle also offers an opportunity to be together and share  journeys through readings and discussion.  Being a Jesuit Parish, this year the Green Team is celebrating the 500th year of St. Ignatius' “cannonball moment” and learning how creation nurtured St. Ignatius' ongoing conversion and hopefully the conversion of all. The Green Team’s yeast will expand with the ideas from all!  To join, please contact Michael Sennett at  ignatius@bc.edu

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GOALS:

 

  • Increase awareness of moral and faith issues related to environmental issues, as outlined in Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home

  • Provide information about & foster activities that address the negative effects of the climate crisis

  • Encourage individuals and households to embrace sustainable living practices by highlighting practical steps

  • Work toward healing environmental injustices that hurt poor and marginalized people the most so that we can be a moral/spiritual voice on issues such as alternative energy sources, natural resource management, and renewable energy standards.

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

 

  • Organize parish gatherings to screen documentaries and showcase ecological issues & solutions

  • Conduct four week reflection series with weekly virtual coffee meetings to discern one’s call to care for creation

  • Organize small groups to study Laudato Si

  • Engaged with EnerChange who provided a parish wide energy audit resulting in lighting upgrades which realized approximately $10,000/year electricity cost savings per the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) energy data analysis.

  • Collaborate with organizations such as Catholic Climate Covenant and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL) to leverage resources & reach out to the wider community. 

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What is Laudato Si?

Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. In it, the pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action.” The goals include:

  1. Response to the Cry of the Earth

  2. Response to the Cry of the Poor

  3. Ecological Economics

  4. Adoption of Simple Lifestyles

  5. Ecological Education

  6. Ecological Spirituality

  7. Community Engagement & Participatory Action

Sign the Laudato Si' Pledge

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