Care for Creation
How can you help care for Creation?
The most important place to start is to learn what the Church teaches about the care of Creation. The place to do that is with the Church itself. You can't count on popular media or politicians to give an accurate account of what the Church teaches. Our beliefs and practices are often distorted by those with their own agendas, which may not be consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The best thing to do is to let the Church speak for itself.
Caring for Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Action. Prepared by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Laudato Si: On the Care of our Common Home - The encyclical letter of Pope Francis regarding the duty of Christians to care for the environment. This is the place to start. While long, the text is accessible and covers the are.
Catholic Rural Life Conference - The CRLC is a lead national Catholic asssociation responding to the call to Care for Creation. They have a special apostolate to rural areas, farmers, ranchers, and farm workers.
Oklahoma Food Cooperative - The Oklahoma Food Cooperative was the first food coop in the United States to only sell locally grown and made food and non-food items, which it does via an innovative online ordering system coupled with a network of 52 volunteer operated pickup sites around the state. The organization was born right here at Epiphany Church in 2003, and for the first three years, the group's “delivery day”, where the farmers bring their products to be sorted into the member orders, happened here at Epiphany. The parish was one of the first 100 members of the Coop, and today we are the host of the NW OKC pickup site, which is open on the third Thursday of each month from 5 PM to 7 PM. Every month more than 5,000 different food and non-food items, all grown or made by your neighbors in rural Oklahoma are available.
How Catholics can respond to Laudato Si. - Written by our music director, Bob Waldrop, and representing his opinions alone, this short essay offers spiritual and practical activities to respond to the Pope's invitation to care for people, care for the planet, and have a care for the future. He also notes that there is a connection between social justice and the care of Creation. In the Oklahoma City area, the most important local initiative that would both help poor people and care for Creation would be a significant expansion of our bus system.