Precious Planet – Get Involved

Ministry at St. Francis

We are a fun and energetic group of faith-filled people who celebrate the wonder of Creation and are called to work for justice. We would love to have you attend one of our meetings. We generally gather on the first Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30pm in Room 4. For more information or to consider joining our ministry, contact Marilyn Baumer, marilynbaumer@earthlink.net or 937.848.3068. We also maintain an email list to inform parishioners of upcoming parish and community events related to caring for Creation. If you would like to receive these emails, please let us know.

Marianist Environmental Education Center at Mount St. John (Bergamo)

Located about six miles from our parish, MEEC offers a variety of programs designed to educate individuals and communities in caring for Creation. Topics include Spirituality, Ecological Justice, and Environmental Education. Each June, MEEC sponsors a native plant sale.

Interfaith Power and Light
Interfaith Power and Light focuses on assisting religious congregations put their faith into action by promoting and supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy conservation. Ohio Interfaith Power and Light awarded St. Monica-St. George Catholic Church in Cincinnati the grand prize ($1000) for energy reduction in 2010 for reducing their carbon footprint by 80,000 lbs/year.

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment
A partnership of independent faith groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, this organization works to bring the resources of faith and moral vision to the effort to protect the Earth.

For Reflection:

…’the environment’ is only a pale reflection of a much richer word: Creation. Not simply what happened ‘in the beginning’ but the world that reflects the glory of the Creator here and now … Through which we are sustained and enlivened … In which we meet the neighbor whom we are to love as ourselves. Creation is the world in which we daily encounter bread and beauty, majestic mountains and familiar neighborhoods, painful brokenness and solace for the spirit. Creation is where we stand as we hear the divine summons to care for our neighbor and for the earth.

– The National Religious Partnership for the Environment Website