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Interfaith Discussion on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Climate Crisis (PHILLY-area)
July 21, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AMFree
Pope Francis’ much-anticipated Encyclical, addressed to all people on Earth, came out on Thursday, June 18. It is beautiful and powerful and worthy of study and discussion. The turnout for our discussion on June 26th made it clear that many of us are eager for the opportunity to do so in the company of others, so we are providing additional opportunities.
Please join PA Interfaith Power & Light and our hosts the Sisters of Mercy for text study and discussion led by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein
When: Tuesday, July 21 10-11:30AM
Where: Convent of Mercy, 515 Montgomery Avenue, Merion, PA 19066
What: Discussion of select passages from the Encyclical. Study sheets and refreshments will be provided.
Please help us prepare enough places by registering, and download the flyer below to spread the word! If you’re sharing the registration with others, you can use this (easier-to-remember) address: http://tinyurl.com/EncyclicalDiscussionJuly21
- FLYER to download and share: Encyclical Discussion Flyer Convent of Mercy
- FULL ENCYCLICAL and resources from our friends at the Catholic Climate Covenant
- QUOTE SHEET from Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein: EncyclicalDiscussionSourceSheet.MBK.06.2015
Until we meet for discussion, here’s some inspiration from Pope Francis (paragraphs 230-231):
Saint Therese of Lisieux invites us to practice the little way of love, not to miss out on a kind word, a smile or any small gesture which sows peace and friendship. An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness. In the end, a world of exacerbated consumption is at the same time a world which mistreats life in all its forms. Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world. Love for society and commitment to the common good are outstanding expressions of a charity which affects not only relationships between individuals but also “macro-relationships, social, economic and political ones”. That is why the Church set before the world the ideal of a “civilization of love”. Social love is the key to authentic development: “In order to make society more human, more worthy of the human person, love in social life – political, economic and cultural – must be given renewed value, becoming the constant and highest norm for all activity.