Our Goal is not to amass information
or to satisfy curiosity,
but rather to become painfully aware,
to dare to turn what is happening to the world
into our own personal suffering
and thus to discover
what each of us can do about it.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, no. 19
We intend that this website will help us all to become “painfully aware” of the current issues that impact the ecological integrity of Central Appalachia,
- how these issues mirror what is also happening throughout our world and,
- through an on-line conversation share ways each of us can do something about them.
The inspiration for this work are three fold:
- Appalachian Pastorals
- Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home
- Work of the New Cosmology as it applies to Central Appalachia
it is here that the Appalachian Faith and Ecology Center voices an appeal from the oldest mountain chain on our planet. We live in a historical moment when we have the gift of awareness that the Earth is a single sacred community and that there is no human community separate from the larger community of life that supports us and of which we are a part.
It is here that we voice our recognition those denominations and traditions whose spiritualities see that ecology is at the heart of faith. And we work with local and regional national and international groups who see a mutual connection between ecological sustainability in Appalachia and in their own home communities.
We adopt a set of religiously based Principles of Environmental Justice that guide our education advocacy and research in Central Appalachia.
- Giving voice to the “treasure in the field” of the Bio-Diversified realities of Southwest Virginia
- Seeing Earth as the beloved creation and possession of the divine
- Stewarding Earth to which we already belong
- Promoting Environmental Earth Justice