Sometimes it seems like our concern about the environment sprung up after Al Gore went all over the country showing his famous slide show about global warming. For Catholics, however, our care for creation reaches all the way back to the time of Genesis. At the very moment of creation, God made us stewards of it. Even so, our stewardship of the environment is not always evident in our parishes. In “Introduce your parish to eco-stewardship,” Dan Misleh writes:
Care for creation is one of the seven principles of Catholic social teaching as outlined by the U.S. bishops. And although every parish acts on at least some of these principles in various ways—from pro-life month and serving the downtown soup kitchen to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services collections—too few parishes have “concrete programs and initiatives” that provide vehicles to care of creation.
Dan goes on to offer four practical steps any parish can take to become more environmentally conscious. Take a look at his terrific ideas here.