Everything Must Change
April 9, May 14 and June 11
In late May 2015 Pope Francis released 'Laudato Si’, a social encyclical on the environment in which he calls all human beings to an ecological conversion. Pollution, acidification, desertification, climate change, the loss of species and habitats are all a direct result of human interactions with other creatures and the natural world.
Because the Earth is our common home, everything is connected. Our sins against the Earth are sins against the poor and future generations. Integral ecology challenges us to heal our relationships with God, other human and non-human creatures, and the Earth. We have inherited anthropocentric and technocratic paradigms that must be shifted. We have also inherited an economic system whose models of production, consumption and development are unjust and unsustainable.
Integral ecology teaches that human beings are a part of nature, that we are our human sibling’s keeper, and that we have a special responsibility to tend and keep the non-human creation. We are co-creators with God. Each human and non-human creature has intrinsic sacred worth. We are also co-creatures. We can only respond to the cry of the Earth when we respond deeply to the cry of the poor.
The series of three talks will be held in The 519 Community Centre from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on April 9, May 14 and June 11th in conjunction with the monthly Dignity Toronto Dignité meeting for LGBTQ Catholics and friends. All are welcome to attend the meeting at 2:00 p.m. as well as the course at 3:00 p.m. Our guest speaker holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.