Denver Loretto Community hosts “Sustainability Afternoon”
On July 13, 2019, the Denver Loretto Community hosted a Sustainability Afternoon. For the first half hour, the inspiration of Thomas Berry, Miriam McGillis, and Brian Swimme infused the gathering through an original development of their themes by Karen Kudebeh of Denver. She reminded us to inform our activities [to address climate change and ecological devastation], sometimes described as “rescuing the babies from the river,” by considering “what is causing them to be in the river in the first place?”.
For the next 10-15 minutes, Libby Comeaux CoL, presented practical steps in dealing with the detritus of our consumer lifestyles. Meditating on Thomas’ three themes of the Universe that also permeate Earth and us – Communion, Interiority, and Diversity – she bridged to table discussions that addressed practical steps we can take. Strewn on table tops were the non-recyclable items that end up in the region’s trash bins.
Recognizing the violence against Earth that intensifies the suffering ofProposal adopted at the Loretto 2018 Assembly
people on the margins, as well as present and future generations of all
species, the Loretto Community commits to significantly mitigate our
impact on climate change and ecological degradation.
After the presentations, wide-ranging table discussions took place. Participants also posted questions, suggestions and comments to share with others.