OUR VALUES

Grounded in faith

Our Catholic faith motivates us to act. Laudato Si’ inspires our mission. As followers of Jesus, our decisions are guided by Scriptures and Catholic Social Teaching. We serve the Church by lifting up the integrity of creation and recognizing the value of caring for God’s creation in our faith tradition and our Christian lives.

Committed to spiritual transformation

We commit to “ecological conversion,” the ongoing transformation of our hearts toward greater love with our Creator and creation. We take time to listen to God’s message in creation “with awe and wonder” (LS 11). We reflect on our words and actions, humbly acknowledge where we are falling short, and practice new ways of living simply and in solidarity with creation.

Caring for one another

We cultivate a “culture of care” (LS 231)  for one another, ourselves, and all living beings that share our common home. We honor each other’s gifts and limitations. We celebrate our relationships.

Being prophetic

We heed “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (LS 49) by urging ambitious action for ecological and climate justice. We act in solidarity with communities that carry an unjust burden of the ecological crisis, including future generations. We strategically challenge structures of sin and call for “radical change” (LS 171), while being open to dialogue.  Our prophetic work is always nonpartisan and nonviolent.

 

Taking an integral approach

“Everything is connected” (LS 91). We embrace a worldview of integral ecology, which sees ecological, cultural, and social issues as intertwined. We commit to the protection of all human life, from womb to tomb, and to the protection of other species.

Cultivating unity within diversity

We are nourished by the rich diversity of creation and the diversity within the Church, striving for unity in caring for our common home while honoring the unique gifts each individual or organization brings. We live a “spirituality of global solidarity” (LS 240), which unites us for globally-coordinated action that is adapted to local contexts.

Being in the Church and in the world

We serve alongside the whole Catholic family, from the hierarchy to the grassroots, from clergy and religious to the laity. We build relationships between the Church and the environmental movement, being “Christian environmentalists” who are environmentalists among Christians and Christians among environmentalists.

Building bridges

We open space for collaboration between organizations and individuals across borders and regions. We work hand-in-hand with other Christians, other faith communities, and social and environmental movements as a single human family.

Embracing contemplation and action

We are contemplatives, and we are activists. We delight in creation’s song and compassionately respond to creation’s cry. We practice a slow-paced “ecological spirituality” of reflection and prayer, and we practice fast-paced activism to match the urgency of the crisis.

Living in hope

“We know that things can change” (LS 13). With Resurrection joy, we celebrate stories of resilience and life. We rejoice in this ministry as an expression of God’s love in our life and for all creation. We entrust our efforts to the Holy Spirit and Mary Queen of Creation.