We are an integral part of Creation, created of the stuff of the Earth, the stuff of the Cosmos. Often in developed, industrialized societies, we experience greater separation between the earth's resources - especially energy, shelter, and food sources - our consumption of them, and the earth’s need for renewal. We sometimes believe that humans are separate from creation, and live as if we have the right to destroy those whose daily lives and subsistence are tied most closely to the earth, the earth itself, and the environment.
We recognize the connections between our treatment of our planet, its impact on non-industrialized peoples, and its impact on our planet’s ability to sustain life. In addition to its direct effect on poorly resourced people, the social mentality that emerges from valuing domination ("power-over power") of the earth has led philosophers to explore connections between the oppression of women and LGBTQ ("Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning") people and the human desecration and devastation of "Mother Earth." (See Resource Library under "Theology" for more on the relationship between poverty, gender, and the earth.) We seek to foster an active awareness that helps mend the separation of human beings from all Creation, including one another. We are also increasingly aware of our cosmic context. We reflect our awareness of our cosmic context and environmental commitment in our Liturgies, in liturgical language, theology, and spirituality and in the reconciliation offered in Eucharist.
In small but important, practical ways, we take steps towards ecological sustainability. We begin with what we can do, locally and globally. See our Environmental Guidelines. (pdf) We are always seeking new ways to transform our relationship with our environment so that all Creation might be sustained and renewed.