Last year, the earth's population was fortunate to have a letter addressed to each of us from Pope Francis. That letter, entitled "Laudato Si" has had a profound impact on those that have read it.
Typically, an encyclical is written by the Bishop of Rome to his fellow bishops who in turn are meant to read the document and disseminate the teachings as they see fit to their dioceses and communities. What is so different about Laudato Si is that it was not written specifically to the bishops. In paragraph 3, the Holy Father states, "I wish to address every person living on this planet." These words invite the reader to feel a part of something greater, something that is about more than just a narrow myopic view of life.
FAN executive director, Patrick Carolan and Rev. Stephanie Johnson, an Episcopal minister and friend, developed a special relationship over years of meeting at different talks and symposiums on climate. They, together with activists from several other faith communities in the area, founded the Fairfield County Interfaith Alliance on Climate Change.
In October of 2015, the Alliance helped to put together an evening presentation and panel discussion on Laudato Si at St. James Community of Faith in Stratford, CT. Patrick gave the keynote address, expressing how the encyclical "changes everything" and then invited an interfaith panel of speakers to join him. Rev. Stephanie Johnson, Rabbi Hazzan Shaul, and Rev. Tom Carr each spoke about how the encyclical, even though written outside of their own faith traditions, has impacted and supported writings that go back centuries.
FAN is proud to invite you to watch highlights of the evening below.
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