The Ecological Conversion group was founded by three Catholic young adults to help the Church understand and respond to Pope Francis’s Encyclical letter; Laudato Si’ On Care of Our Common Home. We started off providing talks for our own community, then started producing resources to spread the message, since then The Ecological Conversion Group has grown in its work and after 5 years has become a registered charity dedicated to inspiring action on Care of Creation.
Pope Francis’ Social encyclical, outlines the complex interconnected crisis our world faces. The ecological-social crisis and the underlying root causes of individualism and consumer attitudes replacing a God centered spirituality. Pope Francis draws on the vast wealth of Church tradition in order to answer how we should be addressing our current crisis.
Today ‘ecology’ most commonly refers to relationships between living things and their environments, but is also often used to describe other kinds of relational networks, e.g. ‘social ecology’ or ‘human ecology’.
It comes from the Greek ‘Oikos’ which refers to relationships of the family within the home.
This is why Pope Francis refers to our planet as ‘Our Common Home’
‘Ecological conversion’ is a commitment, inspired by faith, to change our lives so as to help heal the threefold rupture caused by sin, with God, with other human beings, and with the natural world.
It is the process of change towards living in a right relationship with Creator and creation. Recovering a God centered life, living in communion with all that surrounds us.
Is the reality that “everything is connected”.
Integral = every ‘thing’ being part of the whole
Ecology = the relationships between the parts
‘Integral ecology’ is the reality that societal, and biological, environmental networks are themselves interconnected, so that, for example, a flourishing or dysfunctional human society will contribute to a flourishing or dysfunctional biological environment, and vice versa.
Integral ecology is therefore the recognition that care of neighbour and care of Earth are inseparable.
“Everything is connected”, hence the need to address both ‘The cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor’.
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