Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Albuquerque Faith Communities Examine Teachings of Pope Francis

Dominican Ecclesial Institute Invites You to Journey with Francis
The Dominican Ecclesial Institute announces a new series, entitled Journey with Francis, coordinated with Pope Francis’s visit to the United States

The series will take place on  Tuesdays,
September 8, 15, 22 and 29
6:00 – 7:30 pm
UNM Continuing Education
1634 University Blvd NE
South of I-40 & Menaul (East of I-25)
North of Indian School

Learn about, reflect on, and imagine the future of the Catholic Church under the inspiration of Pope Francis

Four unique sessions led by Professor Richard L. Wood, UNM Department of Sociology and former director of the UNM Religious Studies Program (Dr. Wood is an active Catholic and serves as a pro bono advisor to the U.S. Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development)

  • D+E+I Members from nearly twenty parishes College Students, Parish Councils, Faculty, Religious, Deacons, Priests, Catholic Center
  • Groups focusing on Social / Gospel Justice, Religious Formation, and Ecumenism
  • Your friends and neighbors
Email your name and contact information to D+E+I:, or call Shirley Theriot 505.243.0525. Complimentary Registration; Donations accepted

New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue to Host Session on Laudato Si
Laudato Si, Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment will be the topic of the next monthly meeting of New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue on Thursday, September 17, in the Pavilion at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 601 Montaño Road NW (map) in Albuquerque, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome

The discussion will center on  messages about intertwined social and environmental ecology that may be included in the Pope's addresses to Congress September 24 and the United Nations the following day. Father Joseph Brinton, the new Rector of St. Michael’s, will join in the discussion for at least part of the meeting.

The monthly meetings have been moved to a later time to allow people who work to participate, and to accommodate Muslim Asr prayer time.

While Laudato Si has received a lot of attention lately, other faith communities have issued statements on climate change and environmental protection.  Here are links to A Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Change Crisis (2015), Jewish Values and the Position of the Reform Jewish Movement on Climate Change (2009),  Islamic Declaration on Climate Change (2012),  Islamic Faith Statement on the Ecology (2003), Islamic Declaration on Sustainable Development (2002), and Episcopalians Confronting Climate Change.  Here is a comprehensive list of Climate Change Statements from World Religions from The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University.

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