For the past several years, the Care of Creation Committee and the Neumann Institute have offered an opportunity during Lent to share a simple meal and reflect together on our responsibility to steward the gift of creation.
For Lent 2012 we chose to reflect on a document entitled Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration.
Over the course of the five sessions 59 members of the faculty and staff participated in prayer and shared on the various sections of the Toolkit.
Introduction, Defining Sustainability and Pray (pages 1-7) – Gain knowledge on why Care for Creation should be a focus within Catholic institutions and practical ideas for incorporating Care for Creation into personal and group prayer
Assess (pages 14 to 18) Learn what Neumann is already doing to preserve the environment and learn how you can measure how your own lifestyle and choices help or hurt the gift of creation
Learn (pages 8-13) Explore ways to infuse education for a healthy and sustainable society into a variety of disciplines within the existing curriculum. (This session is especially important for faculty members. Gain knowledge, skills, and practical resources!)
Act (pages 19 – 25) Investigate practical steps we can take to ensure that Neumann University is responding to Pope Benedict XVI’s challenge in Caritas in Veritate: “The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole.” Explore how our university policies and public relations efforts can promote care for creation.
Advocate and Conclusion (pages 26 – 40) Explore ways that you can join with others to promote a greater focus on care for creation locally, nationally, and globally. This session will connect directly with Neumann’s vision statement which calls us to promote “thoughtful and ethical leadership in service and response to a global and technologically complex world.”