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Renewing the Sacred Balance

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.

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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...
Faith & the Common Good is proud to be a founding member of Fossil Free Faith (FFF), an interfaith Canadian fossil fuel divestment network. About Fossil Free Faith FFF is an multi-faith consortium made up of passionate volunteers from around Canada supporting and engaging one another and our faith institutions about climate justice, fossil fuel divestment / reinvestment, and the role of bold faith in strengthening our shared future. We connect organizations, faith groups, and resources working for climate justice and fossil fuel divestment/reinvestment. Find out more about Fossil Free Faith www.fossilfreefaith.ca www.twitter.com/FossilFreeFaith Get involved Join Fossil Free Faith and...
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 and what Indigenous allyship would mean. The forum was held in Waterloo, Ontario and hosted by Faith & the Common Good, Divest Waterloo, the Green Awakening Network  and...
Resource conservation is just one aspect of greening; when we approach it from a faith-based perspective, we consider our role as stewards of natural resources and the sacredness of these resources. Water is life; it is hydration, habitat, and health. Our faith traditions teach us to revere this resource, to give thanks when it is abundant and to cherish it when it is scarce. 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...
Care for our Common Home Summer 2019: Season of Creation

Vatican and Ecumenical Faith leaders support the Season of Creation

This year for the first time, the Vatican called on Church leaders to participate in the Season of Creation. They included an invitation to communities highlighting the Season of Creation, the Synod on the Amazon and resources available to implement Laudato Si’ and help “protect every creature in God’s beautifully complex web of creation”.

Christian faith leaders have signed a letter in support of the Season of Creation, calling for prayer and action to protect the web of life. This is an excerpt from the letter:

“Every species, indeed every being of every species, is precious because it is made by God. All reflect an aspect of God. “How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” (Psalm 104:24)

Photo credit:  USFWS Midwest Region from United States [CC BY 2.0]

Care for our Common Home Summer 2019: Web of Life

Dear Friends,

This summer, Care for our Common Home focuses on the ecumenical Season of Creation and its 2019 theme of protecting God’s web of life. The Season of Creation runs from September 1st to October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, and invites Christians around the world to pray and care for creation. Resources are suggested to help with planning a Season of Creation event. They can be adapted for other times as well.

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