Everything is Interconnected

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Caroljean (Cj) Willie, SC

As the NGO representative to the United Nations for the Sisters of Charity Federation for eight years, I had the opportunity to visit many countries throughout the world and learn first-hand the havoc that climate change is causing, especially among those who live in conditions of extreme poverty. 

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, is a challenge to recognize that care for creation is not something optional, but rather an essential element of a faith-filled life. He reminds us repeatedly throughout the encyclical that everything is connected. “Everything is interconnected, ” he says, “and this invites us to develop a spirituality of that global solidarity which flows from the mystery of the Trinity.” He states clearly that “the ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion.”

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Sister Paula Gonzalez, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

Paula Gonzalez, SC

EarthConnection was founded by Sister Paula Gonzalez, SC, Ph.D., as a center for learning and reflection about living lightly on Earth. Today EarthConnection will continue Sr. Paula’s mission by offering programs throughout the year, on our site or yours, that will not only provide participants with current information about climate change and environmental sustainability, but also make the connection between sustainability and spirituality, ecospirituality.

Ecospirituality calls us to integrate our growing understanding of the Universe Story in the context of our faith lives. It views science and theology as complementary, each playing a key role in an evolving consciousness of the interconnectedness of all Creation. It challenges us to restore a sense of the sacredness in our lives and expand our consciousness of the Divine Mystery who is at the center of all.

This website is designed to complement the program and experiential offerings at EarthConnection. It will provide information about sustainability, voices that challenge us to live more sustainably, quotes to ponder, and multiple resources, videos, books, and bibliographies for further reflection and study.

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This diagram is taken from the following website: http://healingearth.ijep.net/introduction

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