I have been so enjoying this fall series on the Pope’s encyclical and all the energy and excitement of Papa Francis’ recent visit here to the U.S. If you too were inspired by the Pope’s visit I hope that it will encourage you to come and learn with us at one of the four remaining Monday workshops. I especially encourage you to consider coming to hear our two featured guests, Leslie Leasure (tomorrow night) and Mary Evelyn Tucker (October 19th). This is such an exciting time for us as American Catholics to be transformed by the courage and lessons of our leader, and it is by your presence on the coming Mondays that we can truly begin to formulate our response as the faith community of Christ the King. In the coming chapters there is a real opportunity to consider our response (meaning CTK’s), and to genuinely do that, we need your participation! So I sincerely hope you will think about setting one or more Mondays aside to go deeper and respond to the Pope’s mission and message and be part of making a real difference both at CTK and in the world this coming Year of Mercy. To get you excited here are some things to know about tomorrow night’s speaker and workshop:
First of all Please Note that this Mondays Workshop will be taking place in the Parish Hall, as RE needs the Church for its Kick Off. All the other Monday evenings are in the Church but this week please remember it is 7pm in the Parish hall.
We are very blessed to explore this chapter on the Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis with Leslie Leasure. Leslie is the Program Director at the Ignite Institute @ Pacific School of Religion. The Ignite Institute provides spiritually-based leadership and resiliency training to those doing transformational social justice work in the world. Leslie was the coordinator of PSR’s Earl Lectures Series and creator of PSR’s interfaith event, Sacred Snapshots. She is the curator of Into the Wilderness, an experimental spiritual practice-based community.
Prior to her work at PSR, Leslie has served several nonprofit organizations and on the board of the Pat Graney Company. She has been active in advocacy for substance abuse treatment and prison reform. Leslie holds an MFA in fiction from Indiana University and an MDiv from PSR. She is a member of Plymouth United Church of Christ in Oakland, and has been approved for ordination by the United Church of Christ.
As for next week, I will be unpacking Chapter 4 on Integral Ecology (meaning how we are all connected down to our atoms) both as a Sunday reflection at Mass and on Monday evening. I look forward to being with you all next weekend and hopefully many of you Monday night as well.
Have a blessed week, see you soon!
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