This is a support document for the Catholic Stewardship Story, "Parish Renovation" at the Church of St. Joan of Arc in Minnesota, and an example of a congregation's vision statement for a more environmentally aware and sustainable community:
Church of St. Joan of Arc Parish Center
Vision Statement (1998)
The earth is our home, the household where we play and work out our lives with each other. This home is the incarnation of God's/Divine Wisdom's creative love. The earth, like all of creation, is sacred, and like a mother nurtures our lives and reveals the sacred to us. Humans, as embodied spirits, share with all creation the divine spirit. Our human journey is intricately connected with the earth and all its creatures; our way to healing and wholeness (salvation) plays out through our interrelationship with the living systems of the earth.
As householders of the earth, we are stewards of its life-systems -- the air, land and water essential for our lives. We face a crisis because the earth's life-systems are extremely stressed, to the point where they soon may no longer be able to sustain human life. The earth will go on; we may not.
"Eco-spirituality," which embraces earth-centered and creation-centered spirituality, fosters an awareness of how we are inseparably interconnected with all of creation. It calls us to be stewards of the earth and students of her rhythms and the mystery of her sacred landscape so that we act wisely and learn to live justly amongst its abundance and rich diversity. It challenges us to raise our awareness and change our behavior in all our relations with the earth, its creatures and each other.
Contact: Tom Smith-Myott
Church of St. Joan of Arc
4537 3rd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55409