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The U.S. Catholic Church: Laudato Sií, Creation Care, and the Climate Crisis

Laudato Si'Laudato Sií, Pope Francisís encyclical on ecology is the topic of a lecture at 7:00 Ė 8:30 p.m., June 27 in the Skutt Student Center ballroom. This event marks the four-year anniversary of Laudato Sií, and opens the inaugural gathering of ďLaudato Sií and the U.S. Catholic Church: A Conference Series on Our Common Home,Ē sponsored by Creighton University and Catholic Climate Covenant.

The evening is free and open to the public.

Keynote speakers include the Most Rev. Robert W. McElroy, Bishop of San Diego, and Megan Goodwin, associate director of Government Relations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The event will be moderated by Martha Shulski, PhD, director of the Nebraska State Climate Office and associate professor at the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Most Rev. George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha, and the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, president of Creighton University, will provide welcome and opening remarks.

The speakers will address the importance of more deeply integrating Laudato Sií into the U.S. Catholic community, consider opportunities and challenges to this work, and highlight how the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has incorporated the encyclical into its climate change advocacy.

ďLaudato Sií and the "U.S. Catholic Church: A Conference Series on Our Common HomeĒ is the first of three biennial conferences to convene, equip, and inspire current and potential leaders who can more robustly implement Laudato Sií and its climate change teaching into key U.S. Catholic ministries: Adult Faith Formation, Advocacy, Creation Care Teams, Energy Management, Higher Education, Liturgy, School Education, and Young Adult Ministry.

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