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Speakers to explore care for creation

In synod discernment sessions at The Madeleine Parish in Northeast Portland, many parishioners said they’d like the entire church to respond more vigorously to Pope Francis’ teaching on care for God’s creation.
Father Michael Biewend, the pastor, mentions the environment almost weekly at Mass. Students at the parish school have a sustainability club.
And now four Zoom events will focus on healing humanity’s common home. The talks aim to highlight the vocational call to care for creation, to increase understanding of how individual actions tie into long-held Catholic social teachings and to put evangelization into action.
St. Charles, St. Andrew and Holy Redeemer join The Madeleine in sponsoring the Environmental Enrichment Speaker Series.
Nationally known speakers will discuss climate and environmental topics on four consecutive Wednesday nights, 6:30 – 8 p.m., beginning April 20. Each session will include a presentation, time for questions, and breakout discussion groups. An in-person social and informational event is slated for May 18.
“We are hoping to identify practical, actionable ways of caring for our common home,” said Darlene Maurer of The Madeleine Parish. “This collaboration between our four parishes is truly evangelization in action — it’s exactly what Pope Francis is asking us to do in ‘Laudato Si’.’”
Maurer said that by sharing knowledge and resources and forming strong relationships, the four parishes hope to model how much they can do when working together.
The four sessions are free, and all are welcome to join.
“This grassroots collaboration among our fellow parishes is so exciting,” said Maurer.

Environmental Enrichment Speaker Series
• April 20 — Katharine Hayhoe: “Christians and Climate Change.” Hayhoe is a climate scientist and department chair of public policy and public law at Texas Tech University. She also is the chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy.
• April 27 — Mark Brune: “Greening Buildings for Carbon Neutrality.”
Principal at PAE Engineers and a Madeleine School parent, Brune is a leader in sustainable designs and an expert in mechanical engineering and energy modeling.
• May 4 — Rachel Wheeler: “Ecospirituality.” Wheeler is an assistant
professor of theology at University of Portland. In addition to teaching on the Bible, Christian spirituality, and spiritual practices, she has a particular interest in how people interpret their pro-environmental behavior as spiritual.
• May 11 — “Kids Saving Earth: Empowering and Mobilizing Youth.” The organization Kids for Saving Earth provides an environmental education curriculum to instructors including action projects, worksheets, music programs and art projects.
• May 18 — Family friendly social gathering and dinner, 5:30 –7:30 p.m. at St. Charles, 5310 NE 42nd Ave. Food will be catered by Santo Domingo Taqueria. Donations will be accepted, but not required, and dinner attendees are also welcomed to bring their own picnic meal.

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