Climate Justice

July 26, 2019

We do not save what we do not love and we do not love what we do not know.

Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids are in love with God’s creation and celebrate, steward, and protect it.

Our Care of Earth Direction Statement reads: “We commit ourselves to foster the contemplative stance that all the earth is sacred and interconnected; respect and accountability for the earth are necessary to the survival of life. We affirm that actions which impact the environment will be preceded by the question: Is this action which I (we) are performing supportive of the environment?”

For 27 years, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids have lived into this Care of Earth Direction Statement by examining our individual and collective actions and providing opportunities for prayer, study, and reflection on this important topic. Stewardship is a core value of our Dominican Sisters, our Dominican Associates, and our employees and influences how we manage resources from our campus property to items we purchase and maintain.

Awareness of the the Interconnectedness of Creation

Our Care of Earth Committee  is dedicated to fostering a contemplative stance toward the Earth and to promoting awareness of the sacredness and interdependence of all God’s creation. We value making time to study, reflect, and act on issues that are harming Earth today: consumerism, global warming, pollution, and more.

Care of Earth Committee helps focus our eco-justice initiatives and develops study and reflection resources available for use by Sisters, Associates, and anybody who has a desire to learn about and steward God’s creation.

Caring for the Prairie Habitat at Marywood

May you fall in love with the natural beauty of Earth today and every day by learning about ecosystems like the Prairie Habitat at Marywood. With assistance from friends, we make visible our Dominican commitment “that all the Earth is sacred and interconnected.”

The Prairie Habitat at Marywood changes with the seasons. In summer, it is covered with vibrant blossoms galore. In its autumn phase is the flowering of assorted asters, goldenrods, sneezeweed and other later bloomers. It’s a busy time for finches and pollinators. We welcome your assistance in sustaining this native habitat that benefits many native pollinator species, birds and other small mammals.

Laudato Si’: Care Of The Common Home

Pope Francis’ papal encyclical on the environment released June 18, 2015 was a call to the world about the interconnection of all creation.

Laudato Sii: Sulla Cura Della Casa Commune (Praised Be: On The Care Of The Common Home) is a thoughtful resources for people of any faith.

  • For information about the Care of Earth Committee or getting involved in Care of Earth initiatives, contact Sister Brigid Clingman, Promoter of Justice
  • Laudato Si’ PDF document is easily read on a tablet or computer screen. It is well over 100 pages; please consider carefully before you print.
  • The book: Laudato Si’: Care Of The Common Home is available in the Bookstore at Dominican Center.
  • Download  Catechetical Teaching Resources

Collaboration

Care of Earth is just one example of how collaboration is essential to transforming the way we relate with the Earth and her resources. Locally, Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids join other Michigan Catholic Sisters in support of water protection funding.  Water is a precious gift from God to all of creation and, as Pope Francis has written, “a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights” (Laudato Si’, 30). We urge our elected leaders in Lansing to do all they can to safeguard and protect our state’s cherished waterways and drinking water.