We at Faith & the Common Good believe that the environmental crisis is, at its root, not merely a crisis of pollution and extinction, but a crisis of alienation and fragmentation, a crisis of the spirit. Only when we can work together and communicate meaningfully with one another at the heart and soul level can we hope to bring about the necessary changes required to live in peace, harmony, and health.
Renewing the Sacred Balance requires fundamental reconciliation with the whole Earth community. We cannot remain silent, nor remain isolated in our actions when so much of the world is broken. Working together, we must commit to understanding the roots of our broken relationships, to repairing the damage done to our fellow living beings, and to following through with concrete actions for revitalization.
Faith & the Common Good supports our network members to work collectively to raise awareness and encourage action to ensure that all living beings, including future generations, have access to clean air and water, toxic-free living environments, and a life-supporting climate.
As Senegalese forestry engineer, Baba Dioum shared, “In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.”
Motivated by love, mutual respect, and a sense of the sacred, Faith & the Common Good encourages our network to draw upon our diverse faith and spiritual traditions to forge new connections with our planet and bring us back into right relationships with the whole Earth community. We come to this work with the hope and gratitude for all that Mother Earth has given us.
Cultivating Care for Our Common Home
Our new Cultivating Care for Our Common Home program seeks to strengthen efforts to renew the sacred balance in our interrelated world. In his 2015 letter, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis addresses every person living on this planet and appeals for a new dialogue and a new solidarity that includes everyone in the work of caring for our common home. He calls the world’s attention to a growing ecological and social imbalance that results in destructive impacts felt to the greatest extent by those who are most vulnerable — people struggling with poverty, future generations, and our wider family of living beings. Pope Francis names the roots of this imbalance as a profound ethical, cultural, and spiritual crisis. In response, he invites all of us to “set out on the long path of renewal” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #202, 14, 119, 161…).
The Cultivating Care for Our Common Home program offers interactive presentations, workshops, and collaboration to Catholic parishes and other interested groups in Toronto who would like to explore and respond more deeply to Pope Francis’ call that everyone living on the planet actively engage in caring for our common home. Find out more...
Fossil Free Faith
|We helped established and continue to support Fossil Free Faith — a multi-faith Canadian consortium addressing climate justice, fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment, and the role of bold faith in strengthening our shared future.|
We have been working with the Sacred Water Circle in central Ontario for a number of years, helping to bring attention to the sacredness of water and our role as stewards of water protection. Inspired by traditional Indigenous teachings and leading with hope and spiritual courage, the Sacred Water Circle sees a restored relationship between human communities and water. Read more…
Through these relationships, we became one of the founding partners in the Great Lakes Water Walk, held in Toronto in September 2017. The Great Lakes Water Walk invited people from all backgrounds to join Indigenous Grandmothers, Knowledge Holders and Elders to share and re-awaken our commitment to safeguarding the water by walking together along the Toronto waterfront. By sharing the Indigenous practice of honouring and giving thanks to those same Lakes, The Great Lake Water Walk was an invitation to pause and reflect upon what we can do individually and collectively to ensure the health and well-being of our waters for generations to come.
We will continue to support Sacred Water Walking as a powerful and way to respect and honor Nibi (water). By walking together under the ceremonial leadership of Indigenous Grandmothers, Knowledge Holders and Elders, we acknowledge the strength, resilience and resurgence of Indigenous women as ‘keepers of the water’. We walk in solidarity and recognition of First Peoples, who have been on the frontlines in the struggle to respect and protect the waters for future generations. Together, praying with our feet, we will walk towards love and a better future for all.
In 2018, we look forward to praying with our feet by suppporting:
Check back for information on these upcoming events.
Climate Justice and Indigenous Solidarity
Our 2016 annual forum focused on bridging two areas that are deeply important to our members — reconciliation with First Peoples and climate justice. Many in our interfaith network want to work more closely with First Nations communities on local climate issues, but aren’t sure how to go about it. This forum (and its action oriented follow-up work) was designed to create connections to support one another in the challenge of caring for our natural environment. Read more…
In 2018, we are assisting in bringing performances of The Chemical Valley Project to various locations.
We look forward to the Waterloo Story Telling Project in May 2019. Check back for information on this.