The 2019 theme is, “The web of life”. This reflects the role humanity has as Earth’s healers and protectors, but also the “urgent need” to protect biodiversity. According to the United Nations, an estimated one million species are under threat of extinction, primarily due to “our way of life.”
This month-long celebration is an ideal time to focus our efforts on education about what’s happening to our common home and putting the message of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ into practice.
Season of creation events held September 1 to 4 October are particular to each community and include ritual, prayer, as well as advocacy to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
At Rahamim, a suite of programs are planned in 2019 including:
Resources for individuals and communities on the themes of each of the four weeks (reflections, videos, meditations and actions)
Our annual Spring Cosmology series live at Rahamim with Sr Patricia Powell rsm
Re-visiting Brian Swimme’s classic “Canticle to the Cosmos” Online with Sr Patricia Powell rsm
The launch of two new online programs: “Climate Emergency and Pope Francis” and “The 8th Work of Mercy: Care for our Common Home”.
Laudato Si’, the encyclical letter released by Pope Francis in 2015, was the first papal document dedicated exclusively to the environment, and the timing of its release was meant to influence the talks which led to the Paris Agreement on global warming, which was signed at the end of that year.
This year, the Season of Creation initiative was put forward by Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, the head of the Vatican’s development dicastery; Archbishop Job of Telmessos, on behalf of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of Anglican Communion; and Reverend Olav Fykse Tveit, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches.
Cardinal Turkson’s dicastery said that the invitation sent to Catholic communities this year is closely tied to the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon region, beginning 6 October, which is the “first to focus on the application of integral ecology.”