Resources and Events
Mississippi Valley Conservancy Trail Trek Challenge 2021-2022
Kick-off event: Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m.
The Trail Trek Challenge is a year-round hike/walk program on the nature preserves you've helped protect in five counties of Wisconsin's Driftless Area, co-sponsored by FSPA. Participants will receive a web link that leads you to a downloadable Trail Guide and Hike Log, that includes hike locations, descriptions and trail maps with driving directions along with a chart to track your hikes. Register at mississippivalleyconservancy.org.
Ecospirituality in Action Lunch & Learn Series
Join FSPA on June 8 from noon to 1 p.m. CST for the sixth Lunch & Learn in the Eco in Action series: “Eco-Advocacy 101: Faith Groups in Action," presented by Toni Langowski. Toni, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in political science, will guide us in exploration of opportunities for community involvement and participatory action to care for creation at local, regional and national levels — even from our own homes.
Please register to participate in this event.
Toni's experience in ecological advocacy includes a service learning internship for which she worked with FSPA Integral Ecology Director Beth Piggush. In this position, Toni championed awareness of sustainability and the significant role of the Catholic Church in ecological advocacy while sharing the ecolgoical teachings of Pope Francis.
Sponsored by our ecospirituality committee, this series is an opportunity to explore FSPA's commitment to ecological education, one of the seven Laudato Si' goals and A Revolution of Goodness proclamation made to stretch us to be people of encounter who stand with all suffering in our Earth Community. Each Lunch & Learn, presented the second Tuesday of each month throughout 2021, will feature new topics of ecological advocacy presented by speakers who will inspire us to care for all of creation. Watch for information about upcoming sessions, and visit fspa.org/EcoAction to enjoy the first five offerings of the series.
Explore "The Glory of Birds," the fifth offering of FSPA's Eco in Action Lunch & Learn series that was offered on May 11. Presenters Therese Cummiskey and Diane Porter of Jefferson County, Iowa, give us a bird's-eye view of the amazing beauty and diversity of birds — God's great creations — including some of the birds that we can enjoy right outside our windows.
FSPA Ecospirituality Project Outreach Coordinator Karen Stoltz got us ready to get into the garden on April 13 with "Gardening 101: What's sprouting in Jacoba's Greenhouse? Get Started at Home," the fourth offering in the Eco in Action Lunch & Learn session. In this video, Karen introduces us to the basics of starting a garden indoors: seed selection, potting soils and site selection. In addition, Karen also shares what she is growing at the FSPA garden this season and what has already started to pop up inside Jacoba’s Greenhouse.
Watch "Ecology of Creativity and Community for the Backyard and the Future of the Planet," FSPA's Eco in Action Lunch & Learn session presented by Jack Phillips on March 9. Jack calls us to "focus on the bit of earth that's under our care," and asks us to discern if "we are acting in a way that's nurturing the planet, or are we hastening the destruction of the planet."
"Resilient Farming Systems in the Face of Climate Change" with Ron Rosmann
Experience "Resilient Farming Systems in the Face of Climate Change," the second session in FSPA's Lunch & Learn series, presented by Ron Rosmann on Feb. 9. Ron owns and operates Rosmann Family Farms with his family in Harlan, Iowa, and is a founding board member of the grassroots organization Practical Farmers of Iowa. He spoke about how climate change impacts agriculture and his approach to that challenge, spirituality and religion in farming and the big agricultural picture: what we eat, where we buy our food and what the future holds.
"Life Lessons for Our Future From COVID-19" with Sister Lucy Slinger
Sister Lucy Slinger presented "Life Lessons for Our Future From COVID-19" during the first Ecospirituality in Action Lunch & Learn session. In her presentation, Sister Lucy offered “Pandemic Key Gifts of Influence” that include “successful responses to this pandemic” as invitations “to know how to address the ongoing ‘silent’ pandemic of environmental degradation that is equally if not more of a threat to a future for humanity.”
FSPA Laudato Si' anniversary celebration prayer service
FSPA, affiliates and partners in mission created an interactive prayer service video to honor the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis' Laudato Si'. Pray, sing, reflect and learn with us — anytime, anywhere.
The Faith for Earth Initiative is designed to foster global connections through the mission of the United Nations Environment Program, missioned to "encourage, empower and engage with faith-based organizations as partners, at all levels, toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and fulfilling the 2030 Agenda." Learn more at unenvironment.org.
Global Catholic Climate Movement webinar
GCCM's Laudato Si' Week webinar "Deepening Our Communion With Creation" is a presentation featuring keynote speaker Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-founder and co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. Connecting ecospirituality, the cosmos, science and the call to action within faith communities, Dr. Tucker invites us to "start a journey of transformation, connecting the heart of our faith with the heart of our common home." Click here to experience the the webinar on YouTube (beginning at the 15 minute, 23 second mark).
Care for Creation
Vatican - Amazon Synod document
Exhortation by Pope Francis following the Amazon Synod - Beloved Amazon
UISG - Sowing Hope for the Planet campaign (FSPA is a member)
United Nations - Sustainable Development Goals
Global Catholic Climate Covenant
Catholic Climate Covenant
Creation Care Teams - Catholic Climate Covenant
Catholic Charities of the Twin Cities (side note, I really like this page and it ties together all the writings from the Catholic Church to Cry of the Earth and Cry of the Poor)
Creation Justice Ministries (Faith Based)
Sisters of Earth
LCWR - Climate Change resolutions and resources
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Catholic Relief Services - Climate Change
Laudato Si' Generation - Intergenerational activist group helping to organize climate action days
Interfaith Power and Light
Citizens Climate Lobby
Climate Reality Project
Beth Piggush, Integral Ecology Director participated in the Climate Reality Leadership Training in July 2019.
Living the Change
Environmental Protection Agency
World Resources Institute
Renewable Energy - Solar Connect Community - FSPA Founding Member 2017
Cashton Garden - live data
FSPA support of solar also supports City of La Crosse 100% by 2050 resolution
Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency - This website links to the programs and financial support options for each state. You can search WI or WA.
Natural Resources (water quality, life on land and life below water)
The Aldo Leopold Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
The Pachamama Alliance
Catholic Rural Life - Stewardship of Creation - Ethical Food and Agriculture
League of Conservation Voters
National Audubon Society
U.S. Department of Interior - Stewardship
Other Sister Congregations