“Understanding the Pope’s Encyclical on the Environment” will be the subject of a public presentation and group discussion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at Loras College in the campus center.
Father Robert Grant of St. Ambrose University, professor of theology with a specialty in environmental theology, will summarize the message and the historical background of Pope Francis’ recent letter, “On Care for Our Common Home.”
David Cochran, professor of politics and director of the Archbishop Kucera Center at Loras, will discuss how people of faith and others can work together in their circles of influence and in the public square to meet the challenges that the pope identifies.
“This event will explore the meaning of the pope’s encyclical on our earthen environment and the justice issues posed by human stewardship of our common home,” said Tim Moothart, co-chair of the Resurrection parish social justice committee. “We want people of all faiths or no faith to join us, because the concerns cut across religious, social and cultural boundaries.”
The Church of the Resurrection is co-sponsoring the meeting with Green Dubuque and State Rep. Chuck Isenhart, with support from the Fr. Ray Herman Peace & Justice Center at Loras College.
Green Dubuque is a community-based grassroots network of advocates focused on economic and environmental resiliency. State Rep. Chuck Isenhart of Dubuque is ranking member on the Environmental Protection Committee in the Iowa House of Representatives.
“I am eager to learn what my constituents think about the pope’s research and the ethical perspective he brings to the serious social, economic and environmental issues we are facing,” Isenhart said. “What are the implications for public policy that elected officials like me need to address? Do people care, and what do they expect of us?”
According to Paul Schultz, Green Dubuque board member, “This eco-encyclical confronts the exploitation and wasting of resources impacting the Earth, other species, the poor and future generations.
“The pope’s letter tells us that the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor impacts us all,” Schultz added. “We look forward to meeting with others who share similar concerns and want to respond to Francis’ plea to develop positive relationships between ecology and a common good economics — the principles we use to manage the habitat we share.”
Group discussions will follow the presentations. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Tim Moothart, 563-581-7690; Paul Schultz, 563-845-1714; or Chuck Isenhart, 563-599-8839.