Dan Misleh was all set to study business and spend a lifetime in the secular world, until a college course about Catholic Social Teaching at Xavier University in the U.S. changed his life.

Decades later, Misleh has spent his career working for social justice. He now serves as the founding executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant.

Misleh talks about how one of his sons opened his eyes to the need to care for creation, why the organization’s tagline has always been about more than just caring for the environment, how he stopped feeling depressed about the climate crisis, and the one thing people can do to better understand the climate emergency.

Nancy Uelmen didn’t want to write another doom and gloom song about the climate crisis. Instead, the music director of Gen Verde wanted to help inspire our sisters and brothers around the world to realize that it’s not too late to change our ways and care for our common home.

The result is the group’s new song, “Turn Around,” a hopeful and inspiring take on how all of us can unite and care for our common home. In the podcast, Nancy shares how Laudato Si', Pope Francis, and inspiring young people all over the world, including Greta Thunberg, motivated her to write the moving song.

Watch the music video for "Turn Around": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKGyU_gxbEU&ab_channel=GenVerde

Learn more about Gen Verde: https://www.genverde.it/index/

Ahead of COP26, faith institutions worldwide are leading the way and showing the world that now is the time to commit to meaningful, long-term action for our common home.

Dozens of faith institutions representing hundreds of millions of faithful have joined the new “Faith Long-Term Plans” initiative organized by FaithInvest, the International Network for Conservation and Religion, and the World Wildlife Fund’s Beliefs and Values Program.

Dr. Lorna Gold, Director of Movement Building for FaithInvest and the Acting Chair for the Global Catholic Climate Movement Board of Directors, and Pippa Arnold, Events Organizer at FaithInvest, talk about the initiative and why they're expecting dozens more organizations to join the effort this year.

“In the Catholic tradition, certainly Pope Francis has really awakened us through Laudato Si’ to that responsibility,” Gold said.

With an eye on the 2021 Season of Creation, high-level Christian leaders from around the world share how the world's 2.3 billion Christians can work together to have a home for all, and how creation care unites Christians everywhere.

Guests

Rev. Dr. Chad Rimmer, Executive for Theology, relating to Ecotheology at the Lutheran World Federation

Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, Coordinator of the Sector of Ecology and Creation at the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

Dr. Louk Andrianos, Consultant on the Care for Creation, Sustainability and Climate Justice at World Council of Churches

Richard Murray, Vice-Chair of Eco-Congregation Scotland and a lay reader in the Scottish Episcopal Church, Aberdeen & Orkney Diocese

Moderated by Amy Woolam Echeverria, International Coordinator of Justice, Peace, and Ecology for Columban Missionaries

Go to seasonofcreation.org to learn more about the Season of Creation, and visit catholicclimatemovement.global/blog to learn more about this episode.

Six years ago this month, 17 organizations and 12 leaders from all continents came together to form the Global Catholic Climate Movement. Since then, with Laudato Si' as their guide, hundreds of thousands of Catholics and Christians have realized that their faith calls them to care for God's creation.

GCCM's founding Board President Amy Echeverria shares her memories from this movement's beginnings, the moments that have stood out, and why places stick with her.

GCCM's story: https://catholicclimatemovement.global/our-story/

More about Amy: https://www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preacher/amy-woolam-echeverria

Climate Pilgrimage: http://climatepilgrimage.com/

It's not easy to be hopeful all the time, but as Catholics and Christians we are called to create hope through our lives and our actions. Br. Benedict Ayodi, GCCM Programs Manager for Africa, talks about why we should be hopeful and how we all can create hope in our lives during 2021 and beyond.

Read Br. Benedict's moving essay on maintaining hope during the COVID-19 pandemic that has been read by tens of thousands of people: https://catholicclimatemovement.global/a-message-of-hope-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Watch Br. Benedict's Advent retreat reflection: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=392658521981414&ref=watch_permalink

Listen to an earlier podcast episode about Br. Benedict's faith journey: https://catholicclimatemovement.podbean.com/e/running-from-lions-with-gccm-africas-benedict-ayodi/

Suzi Moreira of Brazil was studying theology as an undergraduate student when Pope Francis helped clarify her career path by releasing Laudato Si'. On the podcast, Moreira talks about growing up with a Franciscan spirituality, how Laudato Si' affected her, and why the body is the backbone of theology in Latin America.

Bishop Allwyn D'Silva is sometimes referred to as the "green bishop" by his friends and colleagues. But his ecological conversion took years and largely happened because of his friends and peers.

In 2017, Pope Francis appointed Bishop D'Silva to become the Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Bombay, India (now called Mumbai). Bishop D'Silva is the former Executive Secretary of the Climate Change desk at the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC).

Ariana Díaz Acuña, a Costa Rican theologian and former deputy director of the Laudato Si' Observatory at the Catholic University of Costa Rica, shares the story of her faith journey, including the many times she has worked in the Amazon and how those experiences have had a lasting effect on her.

“They were always praying for water. I was like, ‘Why are they praying for water? I can’t understand this.’ Then I began to realize that they really need water to live and for the fruits of the Earth to come."

GCCM Associate Director Christina Leaño leads this guided meditation to help you more deeply connect with God and creation. The November 2020 Team Retreat Day guide can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pb0O_3NoOEByt25fs06NAGQ8ARdFmFkikWUKiNBpPLo/edit

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