In the book of Genesis, God creates our beautiful world and is happy with it. God then creates humans to serve as caretakers for this wonderful Creation. Today we witness the loss of ecosystems and the extinction of growing numbers of species at the expense of human “progress” that has not only excluded huge portions of humanity from its benefits, but has worsened their conditions by destroying the environments in which those excluded communities live.

In the words of Pope Francis, "if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us." In turn, we will also destroy a sign of God’s love for us.

But there are signs of hope through collective action on a local and global scale to shift from a paradigm of human progress based on growth and greed to a paradigm of justice that puts Creation and human dignity at the center.

More than 80 faith-based organizations endorsed the Faith Economy Ecology Transition statement.

Learn more by reading Encounters: Where Faith, Economy and Ecology Meet.

Each issue of Encounters offers analysis of the challenges posed by the current economic growth paradigm and shines light on the hopeful ways communities are responding to protect human dignity and God’s beautiful Creation.

Encounters #1: Where faith, economy and ecology meet

Encounters #2: What it takes to change

Encounters #3: Facing the reality of peak oil

Encounters #4: Creative, hopeful strategies to build energy resiliency

Encounters #5: The sharing economy - An economy of right relationship?

Encounters #6: Moving into the collaborative economy

Encounters #7: Laudato Si' and FEET's first pillar

Encounter #8: Laudato Si' and FEET's second pillar

Encounters #9: Laudato Si' and Corporations

Encounters #10: Solidarity Economy in Brazil, Part I

Encounters#11: Building an energy democracy

Encounters #12: Solidarity Economy in Brazil, Part 2

Encounters #13: Solidarity Economy in Brazil, Part 3

Encounters #14: Trade in a New Economy

Encounters #15: Gambling with nature: A risky investment


Photo: Hands in Solidarity, Hands of Freedom mural on the United Electrical Workers trade union building in Chicago, Illinois. Artist Dan Manrique Arias, 1997. Photo by Terence Faircloth, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.