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CARE FOR CREATION

OUR APPROACH:

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Right Relationship

Teaching relationships between God, man, and nature

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Seeing God in Nature

Understanding the sacramental nature of creation

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Practical Steps

Learning practical steps to actively Care for Creation

WHY CARE FOR CREATION?

“The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations, and towards humanity as a whole… In nature, the believer recognizes the wonderful result of God’s creative activity, which we may use responsibly to satisfy our legitimate needs, material or otherwise, while respecting the intrinsic balance of creation.” - Pope Benedict XVI

HOW CAN WE CARE FOR CREATION?

Caring for creation requires building and practicing virtue, especially in connection with the spiritual life. We always recommend prayer and spiritual reading to precede any actions that we take. In addition to prayer, we also recommend some practical actions that can be integrated into daily life. These can be found in our practical steps and ideas guide.

What are we doing about it?

Care for Creation Parish Series

We offer a series of weekend experiences related to caring for Creation to parishes in the Denver area. These consist of three consecutive Sundays of Mass, hiking, instruction, and community.

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Care for Creation Backpacking

We offer multi-night backpacking trips to teach participants about how to Care for Creation and to facilitate an encounter with God through the beauty of His Creation.

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Creatio Conferences

We have hosted multiple Care for Creation conferences in the United States, Brazil, and Spain to discuss some of the deeper issues related to ecology and the environment.

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Interested in a Custom Care for Creation Experience?

Creatio can custom tailor our Care for Creation educational experience series to the needs of your group, organization, or parish. Contact us to find out more about this option!

Care for Creation Testimonials:

“Creatio’s vision is firmly founded on Catholic doctrine… At the same time, it also works to connect people of all faiths through outdoor adventures, projects that care for creation and through service activities…Please know of my appreciation for Creatio and my gratitude for their service in the Archdiocese of Denver and beyond.”

-Archbishop Samuel Aquila, Archbishop of Denver

“I absolutely loved the two hikes I participated in. I was able to fully reflect on the things I used to do, do now, and will do in the long run. My mom always tells me that you know you are doing something good if you can see and/or feel God’s love in the thing that you are doing. I can proudly say that I was able to see and feel God’s love during each hike. I can’t express enough how blessed I am to be a part of this great experience. Thank you for all that you guys do!”

“The topics covered in the discussions allowed me to reflect on creation and its purpose. These discussions and reflections helped me to explore aspects of my faith that I sometimes fail to give appropriate thought to. I also experienced God through the interactions with the new people that I met. It was refreshing to share time with other believers while enjoying nature and discussing God and his creation.”

Creatio’s Environmental Policy advisors, Alexander Wimmer and Ricardo Simmonds, helped develop the talking points for this Bishop’s Roundtable Discussion on Care for Creation:

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