Laudato si panel discussion
The “Season with Laudato Si” began with an online panel discussion on Thursday, September 1, 2022. The panel was co-moderated by Vicki Wenz and Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, featuring panelists Fr. Robert Dueweke OSA, former NGO representative to the United Nations on human rights and climate refugees at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); Dr. Theresa Yugar, a Peruvian American scholar teaching at California State University, Los Angeles, in the Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies Department; and Elaine Tanner, founder and program director of Friends For Environmental Justice, a community organizing group fighting to protect land, water, and people in Appalachia. Together, they discussed the implications of Laudato Si for today’s pressing environmental justice issues. To view the video for this event, click the button below.
sMALL GROUP DISCUSSION OF LAUDATO SI
We encourage churches, youth groups, and other affinity groups to meet and discuss the Encyclical. Members of the LTS Green Task Force and the Diocesan Laudato Si Commission will host a one-hour online discussion opportunity on Wed., Sept. 21, with options for either 12noon or 7 p.m. Eastern. To join the discussion, click here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87591482428. Discussion questions for those who wish to discuss Laudato Si in their own groups can be accessed here: https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/environment/upload/laudato-si-discussion-guide.pdf.
sUPPORT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
To put our faith into action, we will invite participants to make contributions to an environmental charity called Water with Blessings, based in Louisville, Ky., which raises money to purchase water filtration systems to provide clean water for impoverished communities around the world, including Ukraine, Navajo Nation, Africa, Haiti, Guatemala, and eastern Kentucky. To make a donation to their work, visit this link: https://waterwithblessings.org/.