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Jessie Rathburn CoL

Currently serving as Loretto’s Earth Education and Advocacy Coordinator, Jessie Rathburn spends much of her time outside – gardening, hiking, birding, and learning more about the local central Kentucky bioregion. Her background also includes English and writing instruction and operating an urban farm.
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A Love that Lights the Whole Sky

By Jessie Rathburn CoL / June 1, 2021 /
A logo of a seven petal white flower surrounded by colorful circles each representing focus areas of the "Laudato Si" Action Platform: Response to the cry of the earth, response to the cry of the poor, ecological economics, adoption of simple lifestyles, ecological education, ecological spirituality, and community engagement and participatory action.

Late on a February evening, while attending yet another webinar on how people of faith can respond to the climate crisis, I was startled out of my Zoom stupor. For…

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Loretto Carbon Offset Fund Honors Anthony Mary

By Jessie Rathburn CoL / October 1, 2020 /
Six children in blue and white school uniforms gardening together outdoors.

On my first visit to the Loretto Motherhouse, I discovered tree identification tags on several of the massive, ancestral trees scattered throughout the Motherhouse campus. Soon, someone put a pamphlet…

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Earth Day 2020: Standing in Solidarity with Earth in the Midst of the Unknown

By Jessie Rathburn CoL / April 1, 2020 /
Outline of a tree framing the Loretto Community logo

April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a day set aside to celebrate Earth, care for Earth, and attempt to reverse some of the harm we have caused…

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Earth’s Gratitude

By Jessie Rathburn CoL / March 1, 2020 /
An illustrated poster of a green landscape, with a blue lake, a full rainbow, and a blue sky with white fluffy clouds. The text in the sky says: Care for our mother Earth. In the rainbow, the text says

‘Am I living in a way that Earth would be grateful for me?’ This is the question I was faced with recently after reading a Robin Wall Kimmerer article on…

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