Earth Partners 2015-2016Vision:
To raise awareness and change behavior, individually and collectively, for the life of the planet. Goals
(to be approved September 2015):
- Take action to implement Acts of Chapter commitments regarding Earth.
- Engage the Province and the larger community in simplifying lifestyles (personal and collective)regarding water, food, consumption, waste & climate change.
- Use and advocate for sustainable/regenerative practices on CSJ Randolph Campus. (land and building utilization)
- Celebrate Earth’s beauty in ritual, events, community gatherings and prayer.
- Maintain existing and develop new collaborations with internal and external groups and organizations.
Communion within the Earth Community
We were invited by our last Chapter to enter into a conversion process, moving beyond what we have thought was sacred to seeing the whole Earth community as a sacrament of divine presence (Johnson). In presenting these materials, the Ad Hoc group hopes to engage the mind, heart, and will of each of us in this conversion process. This is our chapter call.
Attention to the needs of the dear neighbor is not new to us. We have been hearing this call of the dear neighbor for hundreds of years. Now, however, we are realizing, ever more deeply that our neighbors are the whole Earth community--exquisitely beautiful, abundantly generous, frightfully wounded, and desperate for the human to reconnect with the web of life before it is too late. We acknowledge that there is a great deal that we are doing, even as we are being invited into a new way of being, knowing that we are always called to MORE.
Please download the guides below and use for group prayer or personal reflection.
Lenten Earth Practice (March 2015) English | Spanish
Food: What We Eat Connects Us (April 2015) English | Spanish | Japanese
The Same Water Flows Through All of Us (July 2015) English | Spanish
Resources We Recommend
Common Sense for Common Good, by Karen Olson Johnson, Consociate
Amber Skye Publishing, Mpls, MN, 2010. Available through the author at ItascaBooks.com; and online at ebooksforpleasure.com. “Every once in a while a book is written which has the potential to change our world. This is that book.” Sustainability and inspiration.
Earth Prayers from around the World, edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon
HarperSanFrancisco, 1991. Especially note the Native American and Celtic prayers.
The Heart of Matter, “The Mass on the World,” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
A Harvest Book, Harcourt, Inc., 1976, 1978.
The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, by Thomas Berry
Bell Tower, New York, 1999.
Worldviews and Ecology: Religion, Philosophy, and the Environment, edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, 1994.
Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology, by Sarah McFarland Taylor
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2007.
Women, Earth, and Creator Spirit, by Elizabeth A. Johnson
1993 Madaleva Lecture in Spirituality, Paulist Press, New York, 1993.
Tending the Earth, Mending the Spirit: The Healing Gifts of Gardening, by Connie Goldman and Richard Mahler
Hazelden, Center City, MN, 2000.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan
The Dream of the Earth, by Thomas Berry
Sierra Club with University of CA Press, 1988.
From the Primordial Flaming Forth to the Ecozoic Era, by Thomas Berry with Brian Swimme
Harper, San Francisco, 1992.
The Universe Story, by Thomas Berry with Brian Swimme
Harper, San Francisco, 1994.
The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth, ed. Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim
Orbis Books, 2009.
Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappe´
Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad, by Frances Moore Lappe´
Great Respect and Love for Creation
The Book of Creation: An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality, by J. Philip Newell
Paulist Press, New York, 1999.
Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, by J. Philip Newell
Paulist Press, New York, 1997.
Eternal Echoes, by John O’Donohue
Harper Collins, New York, 1999.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, www.hobt.org
Annual CSJ Earth Day
Celebrated on the last Saturday in April, with work on the land, ritual and food.