The Washington, D.C., community also prides itself on raising its voice for social justice on an array of other issues, including for the Black Lives Matter movement.
But the parish and its creation care team recently came to a realization that has accelerated their work and passion for our common home.
“What really struck us most of all was that no matter where and what sort of issue is involved, if we don’t have a planet that we can live and breathe [in] and have a healthy life and have the planet sustain us, all of the other things will not [matter as much],” said Deacon Clayton Nickel of St. Matthew.
“It’s all very, very much interrelated.”
The parish’s creation care team, which started in 2017, is led by Nickel, Phil Downey, and fellow Laudato Si’ Animator Simone Seym.
During the annual celebration of prayer and action for our common home, the team has hosted four online events that have featured prayer, listening, and conversation. Their fifth and final Season of Creation event will take place on 4 October.
What’s motivating them is a passion to care for our common home, but also a desire to help everyone experience an ecological conversion.
“The ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion.” (LS 217)
“We really feel that there has to be something more than just something of a technological change, but it has to be a change of heart and a change of mind,” Nickel said.
“This COVID-19 pandemic is allowing us to really, really look through and really reflect on a lot of preconceptions that we are carrying, and that’s [where] we’re trying to lead our brothers and sisters, to that sense of ecological conversion.”
Watch the “Season of Creation Show” with Deacon Nickel