Social and Ecological Justice
A series of pilgrimages
(As submitted by Ken Gray on June 8, 2022)
In response to broadening and deepening interest in ecological justice issues throughout our ecclesiastical province, the Social and Ecological Justice (SEJ) Working Group prepares both programmes and materials to explore the relationship between Christian faith, justice and the environment. An ideal time for this work is the annual SEASON OF CREATION, September 1 – October 4 (St. Francis Day).
This year (in 2022) we have scheduled a series of pilgrimages to gather those who wish to experience creation, grace and peace as we move intentionally through creation together. During our walk we will remember last summer’s extreme weather events including firestorms, atmospheric rivers, heat domes, floods and creation’s fury. We will ponder what this summer might bring. We will also bring faith, hope and love to our spiritual practice.
The members of the SEJ Pilgrimage Working Group are convinced that a timely and inspirational action is through pilgrimage, an intentional opportunity to walk in solidarity with others, in step with Christ while surrounded by the gift of creation itself. Through the 2022 pilgrimages we will pray for a great renewal, a cosmic shift of the human heart, a revolution of concern for this planet. We will pray that the day of our awakening to the plight of Mother Earth will not only happen, but that it will happen now, here in British Columbia and elsewhere.