Honoring Humanity's Sacred Relationship with Earth
"Every creature has an intrinsic value; in its existence,
its life, its beauty and its interdependence with other creatures."
- Pope Francis
An art show in response to Pope Francis’s “Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, On Care For Our Common Home.” The point of view of the Encyclical is that everyone and everything is related and there is a fundamental basis for human dignity and for our obligation to care for one another, the planet, and the diverse creatures on it.
For those of us that sense a bigger presence in our world, the environmental crisis can be viewed as a spiritual crisis. Brother Sun and Sister Moon is not peculiar to any religious belief or non-belief.
Curated John Teply with the Elisabeth Jones Art Center
A few of the Encyclical themes we address:
1. Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection. Beauty is an important way to learn to value the world.
2. Everything in the world is connected.
3. The poor bear the brunt of the consequences of environmental degradation.
4. Humans have no right to create the extinction of species.
5. The environmental crisis is not a scientific or technological problem but a moral one.
6. Special interests should not trump the Common Good.
7. Communities can take the bounty of earth, but they also have the duty to protect the earth and ensure the fruitfulness for coming generations.
8. Global warming is real.
9. The earth is a shared inheritance.
About the Encyclical; On Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home.
LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord.” In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. Thus starts the Encyclical of Pope Francis.
What we are most impressed with by Pope Francis’s Encyclical is his love of the natural world, his connectedness to all life great and small, and his marvel and awe in creation. It’s a point of view in which everyone and everything is related. Justice is key in his vision. Justice to the poor, for those who are socially disadvantaged, for future generations, and to the different living creatures that we share the planet with. A conviction that to solve the environmental crisis is not an economic, technologic or scientific problem. Ultimately it’s a moral problem of our relationship to each other, our children, to future generations, to all the living things in nature, the universe, spirituality and God. Importantly, he is inclusive with a message that addresses all of us who share this planet.