Just because we make cement, steel girders, motors, microchips, and robots with our intelligence and extract all things from the land, our work and our production should not extract us from the book of nature. Robots may replace many human functions, but the value of personal reflection and community action, our sense of the meaning of life, is what it is to be human. When we value human reflection and compassion and hope deeply, the human is never irrelevant.
Tag Archive for integral ecology
Challenged by the growing ecological crisis and impelled by Pope Francis’ call for ecological conversion, Loyola School of Theology is now offering a Certificate Program in Integral Ecology. This program addresses the urgent environmental issues and explores alternative perspectives and lines of action. Following the insights of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’, this program uses the lenses of Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology and Interreligious Spirituality to reflect on the political, cultural, economic and scientific aspects of the damage we have inflicted on our common home.
Laudato Si’: The End of the Beginning for the Journey Toward Care for Our Common Home and One Another
“Three years ago, the world waited impatiently for the new encyclical letter on integral ecology by Pope Francis. For months ahead of its unveiling, people in the know—social activists, theologians, ecologists—Catholic or not, speculated, theorized, and dreamed of all that this important message might contain. We knew that the words from the Holy Father would be coming at a critical time, in the lead up to the COP21 Climate talks in Paris.
In December 2017 Campion Hall hosted the ‘Connecting Ecologies Symposium’ in Oxford. This symposium brought together politicians, theologians, ecologists, anthropologists and climate scientists for a discussion of how we might positively respond to climate change and ecological crisis.
In a joint discernment in the light of the encyclical Laudato Si’, around 120 delegates gathered in Quito, Ecuador from 23 to 27 November for the first Latin American and Caribbean gathering on integral ecology with the theme Disciples-Missionaries, custodians of creation and discussed concerns on human rights, development models, climate change, the church and mineral governance, and resilience and adaptation of communities to climate change.
Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) established Reconciliation with Creation, a comprehensive program that aims to enable greater environmental awareness and participation in caring for all forms of life. As part of this program, Jesuit pastoral ministries with the poor and beyond are integrating social and ecological objectives.