Love in Action – Green Guardians
Nearly 200 partner organizations. Over 5,000 people. Laudato Si’ Week is uniting Catholics everywhere and it starts tomorrow. This is your last chance to register for an incredible week of online conversations led by inspiring speakers.
Be sure to mark your calendar for Monday, when Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies, adjunct secretary of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development, will join Christiana Figueres, architect of the Paris climate agreement, for an exclusive conversation on “Laudato Si’ at 5.”
Zoom registration is limited, so if you’re not able to register please join us by watching the Youtube Live broadcast of this talk. You can watch here on Monday at 8:00 New York / 14:00 Rome / 20:00 Manila.
Below, you’ll find the entire schedule of workshops–all completely free as part of Laudato Si’ Week.
16-17 MAY | Laudato Si’ Week Retreat: An Introductory Immersion
Laudato Si’ Week begins with a two-day retreat to deepen our spirits. Grow in gratitude and connect with people around the world through prayer, reflections on the encyclical, and time with creation. Hear both the cry and the song of creation, and find hope for the future. Group conversations and interactive exercises enrich the experience. Register here for this two-day event (English only)
Our featured speaker is Tomás Insua. Tomás co-founded GCCM after being awakened to the close connections between the climate crisis and social justice during a life-altering trip to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Tomás also served in the UN Climate Secretariat for COP21, worked as a marketeer for Google, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School
This conversation takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 May. Register here for this interactive two-day retreat. (English only)
18 MAY | Laudato Si’ at 5 with Christiana Figueres and Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies
Explore Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on our common home and its deep roots in our faith. Learn how Laudato Si’ reflects millennia of Christian thought in a new way for today’s ecological crisis. An interactive format will help us share how the encyclical has touched us as individuals.
Our featured speakers are Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies and Christiana Figueres.
Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies, adjunct secretary of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development, helps lead the Vatican’s work on Laudato Si’. He is the former theological adviser to CAFOD and an Honorary Fellow at Durham University, Roehampton University, and Stellenbosh University.
Christiana Figueres is the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Figueres was an architect of the Paris climate agreement and has continued her leadership of the global climate movement.
This conversation takes place on Monday, 18 May. It’s at 8:00 New York / 14:00 Rome / 20:00 Manila. Register here to join this or any other weekday workshop.
19 MAY | Eco-spirituality: Deepening Our Communion With Creation
Reflect on the spiritual depths that we stand on as we work to protect our common home. Through prayer, scholarship, and lively exchanges, we’ll dive into the theology and spiritual practices that strengthen us. The gifts of the spirit are truly needed to conquer the challenges we face, and our faith is a transformative force for good.
Our featured speaker is Mary Evelyn Tucker, who co-founded and leads the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, which “informs and inspires people to preserve, protect, and restore the Earth community.” She is also a senior lecturer and research scholar in the university’s joint Masters of Arts program in religion and ecology.
This conversation takes place on Tuesday, 19 May. It’s at 9:00 New York / 15:00 Rome / 21:00 Manila. Register here to join this or any other weekday workshop.
20 MAY | Sustainability: Time for the Church to Lead by Example
Learn how Catholic people and institutions can make a big difference in the global race to protect our common home. Catholics–who make up nearly one-seventh of the world’s population–are showing extraordinary leadership while making a real contribution reducing our impact on the Earth. This is a practical, action-oriented conversation.
Our featured speaker is Yeb Saño, who was the lead climate negotiator for the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), a disaster linked to climate change that killed thousands of people. Yeb’s tearful plea to protect his people shook the COP19 climate negotiations. Since then, Yeb has marched thousands of kilometers on climate pilgrimages and taken up leadership as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia. He is a member of the GCCM board of directors.
This conversation takes place on Wednesday, 20 May. It is at 9:00 New York / 15:00 Rome / 21:00 Manila. Register here to join this or any other weekday workshop.
20 MAY | Advocacy: Raising Our Voices for the Earth and the Most Vulnerable
Learn how advocating for policies that protect the most vulnerable among us is part and parcel of our faith. From in-depth exploration of the ways that we harm “the least among us” to practical tips for putting our faith into action, this session offers essential guidance to building a better world for the long term. An interactive format offers the opportunity to share ideas and hear the personal experiences of Catholics from around the world.
Our speakers for this event represent the rich diversity of Catholic advocates for creation and the most vulnerable. They include Mgr Pirmin Spiegel, director general of Misereor, one of Germany’s largest Catholic development agencies; Josianne Gauthier, secretary general of CIDSE, a network of Catholic development agencies based in Brussels; Moema de Miranda of Brazil’s Iglesias y Mineria and Franciscans International; Padre Dario Bossi, a Combonian father who will share the experience of the Community of Piquia’, which fought a decades-long battle against pollution; Alberto Acosta, Ecuadorian economist and policy-maker, and Anja Appel, a leader of Austria’s KOO network which has coordinated divestment from fossil fuels.
This conversation takes place on Wednesday, 20 May. It is at 11:00 New York / 17:00 Rome / 23:00 Manila. Register here to join this or any other weekday workshop.
22 MAY | Social Action: Integral Ecology and Community Building in Times of a Global Pandemic
Grow your relationships, where the Holy Spirit moves us. Learn how to build communities of care that protect the most vulnerable. Explore new ways of connecting with the people around you in common projects that draw on the transformative power of our faith.
This event is co-sponsored by GCCM and Caritas Internationalis. Our featured speaker will be announced soon!
This conversation takes place on Friday, 22 May. It is at 9:00 New York / 15:00 Rome / 21:00 Manila. Register here to join this or any other weekday workshop.
Laudato Si’ Week starts Saturday! The sense of momentum and enthusiasm around the world is growing by the day. We look forward to seeing you in this movement of Catholics around the world who are creating a better tomorrow.
Register now for the weekend retreat or for one of the weekday sessions.
See you soon!
Christina for GCCM
PS: If you aren’t able to register, join us on Youtube at the time of each webinar to see a Youtube Live broadcast in English. Visit our Youtube page here at the time each conversation starts.