Nelson churches and faith groups have teamed up with the West Kootenay EcoSociety to launch a seven-week study of the Pope’s recent encyclical on climate action, Laudato Si’.

The Cathedral of Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Parish, Anglican Parish of the Kokanee, Ascension Lutheran Church, Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre, Nelson United Church and Yasodhara Ashram have been working together to organize this community-based event: Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust: an interfaith study and conversation on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ on care for our common home.

This first evening started with a reception with refreshments, followed by a screening of Pope Francis’ address to the UN in New York from earlier that day on the need for climate action. The evening concluded with a discussion.

The other six evenings will be on Wednesdays, from September 30 to November 4, from 6:30-8pm, hosted by various churches and faith groups and rotating among their places of worship.

The discussion and action group will study the six-chapter encyclical, which was released in June, one chapter per week. The group is open to people of all traditions interested in the encyclical and taking action in our community to prevent the climate crisis. The community is invited to attend one or all sessions.

Schedule of Wednesday 6:30-8pm sessions:

Sep 30 – Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, 813 Ward St. – Chapter I: What is happening to our common home. Listen to the discussion.

Oct 7 – St. Saviours Pro-Cathedral, 701 Ward St. – Chapter II: The gospel of creation

Oct 14 – hosted by Yasodhara Ashram, The Old Church Hall, 602 Kootenay St. – Chapter III: The human roots of the ecological crisis

Oct 21 – Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre, 812 Stanley St. – Chapter IV: Integral Ecology

Oct 28 – Nelson United Church, 602 Silica St. – Chapter V: Lines of approach and action

Nov 4 – hosted by Ascension Lutheran Church, St. Saviours Pro-Cathedral, 701 Ward St. – Chapter VI: Ecological education and spirituality