Mission Statement

EarthConnection, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, is a center for learning and reflection about living lightly on Earth. Aware of the interconnectedness of all of Creation, we seek to integrate spirituality and sustainability through programs in sustainable agriculture, alternative energies, ecojustice, and eco-spirituality.

Short History

EarthConnection was built in 1991 to address the adverse ecological effects of our consumer society. It was founded by Sister Paula Gonzalez, SC, Ph.D., a biologist, nationally recognized lecturer, author and retreat leader.

The facility was made possible by many groups of volunteers who converted an oversized four-car garage into a 3,900-square-foot meeting and office space building. Features of the facility include an experimental solar heating system, solar electricity, natural lighting, super-insulated walls and windows, floor tiles made of waste glass, a wall made of aluminum cans, and carpeting constructed from recycled plastic bottles.

S. Caroljean Willie

S. Cj holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master’s Degree in Reading and a Ph.D. in Multicultural Education. She has extensive experience working cross-culturally throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America as a teacher, principal, teacher-trainer, cultural diversity consultant and retreat director.

She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences and has also given presentations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, South…

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S. Winnie Brubach

S. Winnie is the facilities coordinator for EarthConnection.

“I take care of the building and grounds and provide a variety of tours,” she said. “Most of our visitors are from the College and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. The students are very interested in the building itself, which features solar heating, solar electricity, natural lighting, super-insulated walls and windows, floor tiles made of waste glass, a…

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