Bishops’ Conference shows the way with Global Caring
Following the success of last years free filmed resource Global Healing, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have commissioned a new film titled Global Caring: Living in harmony with God’s Creation. Global Caring works as a stand-alone or companion volume to Global Healing, and is intended to introduce parish groups and individuals to Pope Francis’ teaching in Laudato Si’: on care for our common home.
The Bishops of England and Wales in July this year released a joint statement recognising the ‘unprecedented ecological crisis’ we find ourselves in. ‘We, the Bishops of England and Wales commit ourselves and invite our people to engage in this urgent challenge, so that together we show leadership by our actions.’ Global Caring is a practical resource commissioned by the bishops to help us engage in this ‘urgent challenge’.
Produced by CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration), this tv-quality film was filmed around the UK and features Dr Carmody Grey, assistant professor of Catholic Theology at Durham and granddaughter of Donald Sinclair, the real life ‘Seigfried’ from the James Herriot books and series All Creatures Great and Small; the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, who is also the Catholic bishop with responsibility for the environment; and a vibrant Catholic primary school in the East End of London.
Each session creatively and practically helps people of all ages to respond even more to Pope Francis’ plea to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
Global Caring is a free downloadable resource (DVDs are available for a small charge) with online leaders notes, posters, discussion questions and a trailer – ideal for parishes, schools and individuals. Full details and films at www.ourcommonhome.co.uk.
These sessions are best run as an evening event following a shared meal together or following a Sunday mass over refreshments. Both films are ideal for use in Advent or Lent, as a way of reflecting on our impact on the world and our global neighbour, and how we can make positive change.
“Even in the year since the release of Global Healing, we have seen a fast-growing interest and activity, especially among young people, in understanding the damage we have done to the earth,” said Bishop Arnold.
“We are recognising the extent of the challenge. I hope that Global Caring will assist in developing that essential, practical and spiritual response that we all need to make. Let’s celebrate all that is being achieved and, with hope and determination, work to repair our common home.”
Praise for the Global Healing film (2018):
Middlesbrough Diocese Justice and Peace Group: “We would recommend the Global Healing programme to any parishes or groups who recognise the importance of playing our part in helping to save the planet. As Christians, we cannot ignore the great need to act. As one young speaker on the DVD says, we can all do something. Yes, we really can. Let’s be part of it!”
Pilgrimage2Paris COP21 pilgrims: “Everyone was so impressed: it was powerful, thought provoking, relevant and a reminder of the ongoing impact of Laudato Si’. The witness of ‘ordinary people’ and the focus on spirituality were considered particularly valuable.”
Feedback from a parish group using Global Healing: “I would like to say how much I enjoyed the Global Healing supper and film evening in our community room. It was encouraging to be able to sit with others to eat our shared food and be able to discuss aspects of the film. Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home is a message that should be repeated regularly within the churches and schools. It is such an important and urgent message to get across.”
Lincoln City Justice and Peace group: “The course has really touched us quite deeply and galvanised us to get going, so thank you all so much for the effort you put into creating the course.”
Lincoln City Justice and Peace group (from The Catholic Universe | Friday 17th May, 2019): “All of us that took part in the course were delighted to have done so; it gave us time to think carefully about the scientific evidence and to be reminded what our Church teaches and has done so profoundly throughout the centuries, especially St Francis and the last three popes. We were also reminded that all our desire for change must be underpinned with prayer or it will not bear fruit!”
Picture: Production shot. (CBCEW).
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