In celebration of Earth Day, Mary Ann Holtz of Pax Christi Florida publishes an annual “Earth Day check-up” called Active Hope. It is a resource in helping us cultivate “active hope” and remembering and acting on behalf of our wider earth community.
“Active Hope is about becoming active participants in bringing about what we hope for. Active Hope is a practice. Like tai chi or gardening, it is something we do rather than have. It is a process we can apply to any situation, and it involves three key steps. First, we take a clear view of reality; second, we identify what we hope for in terms of the direction we’d like things to move in or the values we’d like to see expressed; and third, we take steps to move ourselves or our situation in that direction.” , page 3, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, 2012.
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“Listening to Earth: Faith and Action in a Time of Global Climate Crisis” will enable you and your group to answer these questions and more. This five-session series features diverse stories of environmental injustice and the hope that inspired grassroots solutions for change. Each session includes stories (written and optional suggested video), small and large group discussions, prayer, and suggestions for action. The stories, discussions, and life experiences of your group members will enable you to address environmental injustices in your community and to support effective responses to global climate change. This program and its resources will provide opportunities for growth in spiritual depth, knowledge, and empowerment that will deepen your contributions to your community and our world and help you to leave a healthy legacy for all God’s creation.