“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”
“Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change.”
“A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.”
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’
How could putting Laudato si’, into action help your community thrive, at the same time as tackling huge world issues on The Journey to 2030?
“The Parish guide to Laudato Si'” is our online encyclopaedia for parishes trying to respond to the Pope’s teaching on care for our common home, pulling together inspiring stories and practical actions, wisdom and goals in one place.
Read inspiring stories of social and environmental projects in parishes around the UK (and further)
[PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR HIS BEAUTIFUL CREATION]
In 2017 Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church wrote a letter to the whole world ‘ Laudato Si”, on care for our common home. It calls for a renewed vision for the world, one that chooses to respect life in all it’s forms. How can this change in vision change our behaviour from selfish consumers, to creating a world where all of creation is appreciated and cared for.
The Journey to 2030 is a response to Laudato Si’ and the reality of our world’s interconnected environmental and social emergencies (“the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor”). It seeks to encourage environmental solutions that always take into account the poor and vulnerable.
The Journey to 2030 is a response from the laity (laity= valuable everyday folk) and works alongside the Religious (Our wonderful priests, Nuns and Monks), as well as social action, environmnetal and development organisations.
There is so much wrong in our world today; climate change, poverty, slavery, toxic pollution and resulting ill health. It can be bewildering knowing where to start or how to help.
The Journey to 2030 aims to help our church communities join the global 2030 agenda for change. This website is a place to allow the Church’s contributions, based on Catholic Social Teaching, to add something special to the debate on climate and social action.
The Journey to 2030 calls for a renewed vision for the world, one that chooses to respect life in all its forms.
The Journey to 2030 is both a movement and a web platform. It aims to address these huge problems through community action. The website is a place to share our communities actions, stories and prayers along the journey. By sharing our ideas and stories, we can find motivation and inspiration to act in our own communities.
It is last but not least a place to challenge us! In our thoughts, words and actions.
(The editor finds analogies helpful).
The Journey to 2030 is like a road or a pilgrimage. We know where we need to get to, but the road ahead is difficult.
This website is the vehicle for The Journey to 2030. A place for sharing and coordinating our progress.
Similar to a car from a cartoon about a family of cavepeople, the vehicle is useless without those who are going to take turns, pushing and driving and reading the map.
Once we gain momentum, everyone’s small actions add up and before we know it, 2030 will be here. What will we find? That… is up to us.
Much like our journey to a better future, this site is a work in progress. We beg your pardon for all the “coming soon” signs. We just wanted you to get an idea of what was being worked on and what you can get involved in. Therefore if you see a “coming soon” sign and feel you have something to contribute to that section, please read it to mean “get involved”. So whether you are an expert, or an enthusiastic amateur or have examples of projects or resources you would like to share, do get in touch.
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Read our introductory magazine ‘The Year of The Cockerel’ as it looks at our current emergencies on planet Earth. Using faith as a focus it helps us to ‘read the signs of the times’ and ‘wake up’ to reality. What as Christians are we called to do in light of our current ecological and social crises?
Plus plenty of hope and exciting things to get your teeth into.
Find one of the many Church Social action and environmental networks across the UK