30x30 Nature Challenge
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Oct. 2020 Retreat Webpage
Calculate water usage & thank God for the gift of clean water.
Fast from water. Choose a water conservation suggestion from this list & pray for those who do not have access to clean water.
Read and reflect on Wisdom 13:1-5. Choose an activity of your own that stems from this text.
Read this CBS news article about animal population decline and consider what you will do knowing what you now know about human effects on creation.
Spend time outdoors meditating on perspective: Meditation Instructions
Fast from meat this week and remember our brothers and sisters who don’t have access to meat.
Collect and weigh all food wasted in your household this week.
Read and reflect on Philippians 2:1-13. Choose an activity of your own that stems from this text.
Read this article about the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and consider what you will do knowing what you now know about equitable access to food and food waste.
Write or sketch your own Canticle of Praise for Creation.
Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon (~St. Francis of Assisi) by John Michael Talbot [Runtime 3:58]
Watch the story of bottled water and consider what you will do knowing what you now know about human effects on creation.
Inventory your pantry and consider what packaging can be eliminated by changing your purchasing habits, and what should be recycled versus landfilled.
Fast from single use plastics (bottled water, bags, ziplocks, straws, plasticware, and styrofoam) and thank God for all God has provided.
Take a garbage bag with you on walks to pick up litter.
Read and reflect on 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. Choose an activity of your own that stems from this text.
Spend time in prayer looking at nature: Visio Divina.
Watch the story of stuff and consider what you will do knowing what you now know about human effects on creation.
Choose a waste reduction opportunity from this list and pray for more simplicity in your life.
Determine how you can fast from our 102 ton legacy.
Read and reflect on 1 Timothy 4:4-5. Choose an activity of your own that stems from this text.
Take a prayer walk in nature: Prayer walk instructions.
Play the song or watch the music video “Everything is Holy Now” [Runtime 4:55]
Fast from energy (consciously reduce your usage by choosing from this list) and pray for those who are negatively affected by the burning of fossil fuels.
Read and reflect on Ephesians 4:1-6. Choose an activity of your own that stems from this text.
Calculate your carbon footprint. Consider how you can reduce your footprint.
Use the EPA's mapping tool to further explore how your actions impact your neighbors.
Find a comfortable place outside to listen to a guided meditation
Play the song or watch the music video “Majestic” [Runtime 2:49]
Conduct an Ecological examination of conscience.
Get involved in a local organization, such as the Waukesha County Green Team, the Waukesha County Creation Care Network, or your parish creation care ministry.
Pick one simple act from this list, followed by another, and another.
Read Laudato Si individually or as a group using this US Conference of Catholic Bishops discussion guide.
Director of the North American Pacific Capuchin Conference (NAPCC) Novitiate in California.
Pastoral Associate at Lumen Christi Parish in Mequon, WI; Program Coordinator for the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors
Executive director of Laudato Si' Project, Teacher at Marquette High School, Milwaukee, WI
President, Waukesha County Green Team, Waukesha, WI