Statement from Auburn President the Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson on the climate crisis, the need for deep ecumenism

For Immediate Release
June 18, 2015
Contact: Lauren Gray ([email protected] / 212-255-2575)

 

Statement from Auburn President the Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson on the climate crisis, the need for deep ecumenism

NEW YORK — Today, Pope Francis will issue an encyclical on our deep, shared moral obligation to care for the Earth, entitled “Laudato Sii: Sulla Cura Della Casa Comune – Praised Be the ONE: Concerning the Care of our Common Home.” Auburn Seminary President the Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson issued the following statement in response:

“Today, Pope Francis will issue ‘Laudato Sii: Sulla Cura Della Casa Comune – Praised Be the ONE: Concerning the Care of our Common Home,’ an encyclical on humanity’s sacred obligation to care for the earth and all of creation. The shared responsibility described in this encyclical evokes a deep ecumenism recognized by people of many faiths, including Islam’s celebration of “Green Ramadan” and the recent Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis.

“We are at a transformative moment in human history: a moment in which our many traditions must come together to uncover the profound wisdom of living with less. This is a moment in which our care for the Earth compels sacrifice and a personal awakening in the way that we live—and a joining with others who are already waking up.

“Currently, we are using our natural resources thirty percent faster than the Earth can replenish them. And the consumer lifestyles of North America would require five additional Earth-like planets for these lifestyles to be extended to our entire human family.

“Auburn Seminary stands with people of many faiths in deep ecumenism as we call upon leaders of faith and moral courage to fulfill our sacred obligation to care not only for each other but also for our home on Earth.”

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