The Franciscan Action Network organized a successful fundraiser for the Franciscan Earth Corps in New York City on July 30th. The event was held at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, and was attended by over 40 people, including those from environmental, food justice, and faith-based groups in NYC, people affiliated with Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries in Garrison, New York, and even from ministry groups in Connecticut. Representatives from the Capuchins, OFM's, Secular Franciscans, Third Order Franciscan Sisters and Episcopal Franciscans were on hand as well.
Attendees heard Br. Keith Warner (co-author of "Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth") speak about the call from St. Francis to rebuild the house of God which involves caring for all of creation. This was followed by a response from Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, author of "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet." Ibrahim reflected on the parallels between the Franciscan perspective and the call from Islam to protect God's creation.
Attendees also got to enjoy hors d'oeuvres made from locally sourced produce. Several organizations were invited to table and share with attendees the work they are doing to engage people in environmental and food justice work. These included NY Faith & Justice, WE ACT for Environmental Justice (with Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice), NY Interfaith Power & Light, Food & Water Watch, Food Chain Workers Alliance, and Leave It Better. We look forward to strengthening relationships with these partners and see the momentum build for Franciscan care for creation in New York area.