A few years ago the Bishops of England and Wales released a document, The Call of Creation, about God’s invitation to good stewardship of creation and our response to this call. CAFOD made some excellent group resources around this most interesting and pertinent of documents.
Martin Brown, CAFOD Manager Arundel and Brighton Diocese, recently led two groups people through group discussion and reflection on the document.
In both groups, the first at St Joseph’s Parish in Brighton and the second at Saint Mary of the Angels in Worthing the discussion was scintillating.
We covered topics such as the tension between individual actions versus group action – some favouring the former and some the latter. We came to a conclusion that both mattered, in both were we being ‘leaven in the dough’. A prime example of this is with climate change. We all need to live sustainably ourselves; not wasting resources and minimising our carbon footprint for example, but we also need to band together to call on our political leaders to create powerful and global change.
One Climate One World, CAFOD’s new campaign is calling us to do just this. Climate change is the single biggest threat to reducing poverty across the world today.
During the discussions various topics were raised such as use of plastic bags, divestment from fossil fuels (by banks, our pension funds and even the church), renewable energy, the power of prayer, institutional structures of sin and injustice, becoming a livesimply Parish, how campaigning works, meeting God in creation, how many hymns involve creation and raising awareness of such issues.
I have heard it said that study, reflection and discussion are great ways of learning, of wrestling with issues and of learning and accepting God’s will in our lives. I feel that we were all inspired to live better lives and to be better witnesses and more effective leaven in the dough.
Please get in touch with us in our office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01483 898 866 if you would like to hold a similar event in your community. Pope Francis is due to release a document on human ecology soon. CAFOD hopes to provide reflection material for groups to use which would help us work through the document. Watch this space! (Or the main CAFOD website).