Parishes Stepping Up to Care for Creation

By Lyn Breen

The final in a series of four Season of Creation 2020 Zoom gatherings to reflect on the new Sandhurst ‘Care for Our Common Home’ Statement, and to share local answers to the question, ‘What Can We Do – To Care for Our Common Home?’ will be held on Thursday 22 October, 7.30–8.30 p.m. This follows a lively sharing of ideas between parishioners from parishes across the Sandhurst Diocese on Friday 9 October. Here are just a few of the projects and ideas that were shared:

Parish projects that are already underway:

• Work with farmers on soil enhancement using waste materials.
• Care of wetlands.
• Season of Creation liturgy by the river and messages shared via Facebook. 
• Clean up Australia Day event organised with local families.
• A crate of crockery mugs instead of plastic or paper for parish catering. 
• Bulletin notices to share parish ideas and events.
• A walk by the lake to learn about Sandhurst’s ‘Care for Creation’ Statement and share ideas.
• Solar panels on local buildings.
• A commitment to local work on soil regeneration.
• Interfaith communities getting together to share ideas.
• Attracting birds in backyards.

Ideas for the future:

• More parish walking groups. 
• Neighbouring parishes to get together.
• Parishes and schools working together.
• Talk with our parish priests about the possibilities.
• A Sandhurst Diocese ‘Care for Creation’ network to support each other and share ideas.

A second ‘What Can We Do – To Care for Our Common Home?’ Zoom gathering will be held on
Thursday 22 October 7.30-8.30 p.m. to discuss suggestions for action, networks and resources, including a Parish Environmental Audit tool which may be adapted by parishes, groups and families.

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