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Season of Creation

hummingbirdThe ecumenical 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. Several resource suggestions are offered below to help with planning a Season of Creation event. They can be adapted for other times as well.

Season of Creation: This website has free downloadable prayer, education, and action resources to celebrate the Season of Creation. It is coordinated by a global ecumenical steering committee, including the Global Catholic Climate Movement. This year’s theme is “walking together” where “we strive to more deeply understand the lessons Jesus taught us through creation, to more authentically honor our Creator, and to share fellowship with brothers and sisters along the way. As pilgrims together, we welcome the opportunity to awaken anew to the wonder of the Earth, our common home, and to protect the web of life it shelters”. Visit the website here

Green Churches Network: This Canadian ecumenical network produces a free Season of Creation in a Box resource, which includes spiritual and educational activities as well as a calendar with daily ecological actions. This year’s theme is “Your Father Feeds the Birds and Clothes the Flowers in Beauty” (Matthew 6: 25-33). This resource may be downloaded here

Catholic Climate Covenant: This Catholic organization in the United States produces a free Feast of St. Francis educational program each year to help faith communities explore how to better care for creation and the poor. This year’s program, “Who is my Neighbor in a Climate Threatened World”, focuses on the interconnections between immigration, refugees, and climate change. They require a form to be filled out and then the free program is emailed in mid-August. Previous Feast of St. Francis educational programs are available for free download here

Cultivating Care for Our Common Home: For Toronto Catholic parishes or other groups that prefer a presentation at their location, this program offers a free interactive presentation which takes one or two evenings or a half day. It includes guided meditative prayer, an overview of Laudato Si' with an update on climate change, as well as elements of living contemplatively, simply, and prophetically. For more information please contact Karen Van Loon at [email protected].

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