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Tiempo de la Creación | 創造の季節は

September 1 – October 4, 2020

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home. This year, amid crises that have shaken our world, we’re awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and each other. During the season this year, we enter a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, that requires radically new ways of living with creation.

The Season of Creation unites the world’s 2.2 billion Christians around one shared purpose. With so much injustice all around us, now is the time for Christians everywhere to come together and show the world how to love each other and creation.

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September 1: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Week 1 (9/1-7)

Week 2 (9/8-14)

Think about your own ongoing ecological conversion process. How might the steps noted in these videos help you to deepen your practices or take them to the next step?

  • How Much Plastic is in the Ocean?: An easy to understand explanation about the chemical hazards of plastics as they break down in the ocean.
  • The Polymers: A fun story composed by Sister Donna Gibbs to help children understand the problems of plastic in our environment.
  • Microplastics in the Ocean: A deep dive on plastics in Monterey Bay: The study shows that the most abundant types of plastic found matches those commonly used in consumer products—suggesting most of the microplastic in Monterey Bay is from land-based trash that makes its way to the ocean.
  • Composting Options: Want to start composting but not sure where to begin? Here are a few ways to get going. Your options are curbside service (find a composting service near you), dropping off your compost at a special facility, and backyard composting.
  • Teabags Release Billions of Plastic Particles Per Cup: Researchers at McGill University have discovered that some teabags release billions of nanoplastics and microplastics per cup of tea.
  • Japan’s Plastic Litter Solution: Marine plastic litter is gaining wider attention than ever before. Japan has long developed plastic alternatives that reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. A Japanese chemical company, Kaneka, has developed a biodegradable alternative, which is made from 100% plant oil.
  • A Zero Waste Lifestyle in Japan: (Japanese with English subtitles) From avoiding single-use plastic to giving preloved items a second life, Hinako Arao shows how simple it can be to live a zero-waste lifestyle.
  • Smokeless Fire? Japan’s Incineration Innovation: Much of what we throw out gets incinerated, adding to Asia’s air-pollution burden, but a small, smokeless incinerator is making its way around the region.
  • Peru’s Lake Titicaca Threatened by Pollution: Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and the longest in South America. But it’s one of the most polluted and is fighting for its survival.
  • LOOP Tackling Ocean Pollution in Peru: Nonprofit engages citizens and brings about legal changes regarding plastics in Peru.

How might you help groups engage in ecological conversion? Choose one or more of these activities to do during the week.

  • Observe and note your use of single-use plastic for one day. Consider how you could make different choices.
  • Have a contest with yourself to see if you can go one day without using any single-use plastic.
  • Sign a petition that asks food delivery services to create an “opt in” option for people to receive single-use plastic and paper with their food delivery since most people are eating at home or the office where they have reusable options.
  • Send a letter asking stores to bring back customers’ ability to bring in their own bags and start using refillable bins again.
  • Send a letter to major tea companies about microplastics in their products
  • Find a composting service near you and begin composting in your home or office

Laudato Si’ Retreat: An Introductory Immersion offered by the Global Catholic Climate Movement
September 12, 9am – 1pm EDT | Find out more

Week 3 (9/15-21)
Week 4 (9/22-28)

As we begin this fourth week of celebrating the Season of Creation we focus on our response as Sisters, ACOF, and ministry partners of the congregation to the challenges of plastic pollution. This focus is grounded in the call of Laudato Si’ to turn away from the “‘use and throw away logic [that] generates so much waste because of the disordered desire to consume more than what is really necessary” (123). It is alive in our Chapter Call to implement Laudato Si’ and in our Environmental Guidelines asking us to “Reduce waste by eliminating single-use products.”We know that this response will involve personal action and congregational initiatives, and we are dedicating this week to exploring our options. As a first step toward a congregational commitment, we are asking you to view the YouTube video “Plastic Pollution: Humans Are Turning the World into Plastic” (10 minutes- Japanese and Spanish subtitles available) and spend some time on these questions for reflection:
– Are you aware of how much plastic you use or bring into your house each week?
– What are you already doing to reduce your plastic waste?
– What new actions are you being called to?
– What actions could be taken by the Congregation?

Week 5 (9/29-10/4)
October 4: Feast of St. Francis of Assisi