Caring for “Our Common Home”

By Alisa Booze Troetschel/ONE BOAT MEDIA
Fifty-six people participate in the first of five gatherings to discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home”‏ held last Sunday at the Rappahannock library. By Alisa Booze Troetschel/ONE BOAT MEDIA

On Sunday, Valentine’s Day, at Rappahannock’s public library almost 60 persons participated in “Conversation on Care of Our Common Home.”  

Inspired by the Encyclical Letter of that title published by Pope Francis last summer, the conversation engaged everyone in dialogue about their hopes, fears, knowledge, beliefs and actions in support of sustaining life and justice on earth.

These conversations are for everyone, regardless of religious affiliation. Joining in this first conversation were local farmers, artists, educators, parents of young children, religious leaders, mystics, technologists, environmentalists, business people, writers, volunteers in many local organizations, landscapers, horticulturalists and local officials.  

The “Conversations” are cosponsored by the Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge, the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, St. James Episcopal Green Team of Warrenton and RappFLOW.

The next Conversation will be at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. A larger venue may be needed, so stay tuned for notices.

— Bev Hunter

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