Anchor Library, which is hosted by St. Luke’s Parish, has many environmental books for library loan. Check out the list of books here.
Also check out our free publication by Dom Roberti called “Gifts Large and Small” about Gratitude.
“Mary Mirror of Justice, Queen of All Creation”
Presentation with Power Point video and accompanying brochure with
Reflection questions is available for you to use for feastdays of Mary, May or October Mary themes such as the month of the Rosary in October or the month of Mary in May.
This presentation incorporates teachings from Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and social justice.
For information contact
Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-248-7289.
Small Earth flags: $3.00
Reusable Earth bags: $4.00
Various cards with nature themes
Cosmic Walk kits for teachers: $10.00
Large Earth Ball (with pump)
The Sisters of Saint Joseph Earth Center is in relationship with many groups that enhance the mission of care for creation and sustainability.
For Instance the SSJ Earth Center affiliates with the following organizations:
- Lenape Nation
- Genesis Farm
- Sisters of Earth
- Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light
- Wissahickon Valley Watershed Alliance
- Sustainabile Business Network
- Morris Arboretum
- Woodmere Art Museum
- Chestnut Hill College
- Sisters of Saint Joseph
- The Academy of Natural Science at Drexel University
- CSSJ Federation
- Neighborhood Interfaith Movement
Opportunities for Teachers:
A special program for addressing the whole school and sustainability is available from the SSJ Earth Center. “Systemically Sustainable Schools” invites a school to look at all the ways it could lighten its carbon footprint. Pope Benedict XVI has called us to action to reduce our carbon footprint and to look at how our use of energy is affecting those who are most vulnerable.
The SSJ Earth Center offers programs suitable for faculty in-service days, retreat days, and assembly programs on the topics of Care for Creation, Environmental Justice, Water, Climate Change, Spirituality and Sustainability and more. If you would like a program to be offered in your school, contact Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark at email@example.com for more information.
*The SSJ Earth Center provides PA Act 48 credit hours for teachers.
Inservice presentations on the following topics:
Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the environment called “On Care for Our Common Home”
Catholic Social Justice Teachings
Advocacy and Environmental Justice
Catholic Perspective on Global Climate Change
Contemplative Response to Earth’s Cry
Retreat Day for faculty or parish staff
Food Insecurity and Global Climate Change
The Catholic Community is embarking on a journey of discovery, opening ourselves to the possibility of transformation, through study, prayer and action on climate change through the help of the Catholic Coalition for Climate Change. Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark SSJ, director of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Earth Center offers a range of presentations available for elementary school faculties. Sister’s presentation can be adapted for a retreat day, faculty in-service day or faculty meeting. Sister is willing to provide a program suitable for junior high assembly or parent/teacher meeting. Some topics offered are:
- Precious Water: Fragile Systems
- The Catholic Faith and Earth Care
- Care for Creation and Practical Steps to Reduce My Carbon Footprint
- A Series on How to Become a More Sustainable Catholic School
- Wifi access in Earth Center for Chestnut Hill College students to access and use the resources in the Earth Center
- Service opportunities
- Intern opportunities
- FYI Passport credit for Chestnut Hill College students
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Laudato Si (Ages <7)
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Resources available from SSJ Earth Center
D.V.D.’s as of 5/5/2017
You may borrow for a week and then return.
|1. Advocacy: Being a Public Person||What it means to be a woman religious with public vows in the public arena/30 min.||
|2. Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream||Pachamamma Alliance program /170 min.
|3. The Awakening Universe
|A Liberating New Cosmology for our Time
Based on The Universe Story by Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme/15min.
|4. Bioneers Conference
Paul Stamets /2006
|How mushrooms can help save the world./30 min.||Dolores Chepiga 11/21/14|
|5. Bioneers Conference
Miriam MacGillis and Nicolas Perlas/2010
|6. Children and Nature||Featuring Jane Goodall/27 min.|
|An invigorating look at the invaluable substance we take for granted./80 min.||Don Visher/3/12/15|
Living Off America’s Waste
|By Jeremy Seifert/45 min.||Don Visher/3/12/15|
|9. Earth and People: Past and Future
|2hrs. Part 1 & 2|
|10. Eating Mercifully||The Humane Society/26 min.||Don Visher/3/12/15|
|11. El Lobo
The Song of the wolf
|National Wildlife Federation
|12. The End of Suburbia||35 min.|
|13. Evolution and Religion: God After Darwin and Teilhard||John Haught/1hr.|
|14. Food, Inc.
Lifts the veil on our nations’ food industry.
|91 min.||Don Visher 3/12/15 x
Vita Lamperti 12/7/15 x
A Stunning visual portrayal of Earth by Ann Arthus-Bertrand narrated by Glenn Close
|16. In Deep Water; The Oil Spill in the Gulf 2010||Youtube|
|17. Journey of the Universe
The epic story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation
|Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Swimme/56 min.|
|18. I AM
|Story of successful Hollywood director Tom Shadyac who experienced a life threatening head injury and his ensuing journey to answer the question” What’s wrong with the world?”/78 min.||Betsy Ferguson 11/11/14 Returned 12/2/14
Fran Kane x
|19. Images for Reflection||Several short pieces with music 3-5 min. each|
Wildlife in a Warming World
|4min or 11 min versions
|21. Kilowatt Ours
A Plan to Re-Energize America by Jeff Barrie
|22. Learning With nature||Techniques for using outdoor classrooms as an integral part of preschool and elementary childrens’ daily learning./23 min|
|23. The Living Land||27 min.|
|24. Philadelphia Edens Lost & Found||How ordinary citizens are restoring our great American cities./1hr PBS Special|
|25. The Power of Community
How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
Stories from America’s Religious Environmental movement
|Several individual stories from 6 min to 17 min. each||Julie Gray 12/18 /14 x
S. Anna Louise Shuck 10/29/15 x
|27. Rising Waters
Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands
|28. Sun Come Up
The story of the world’s first climate change refugees
|39 min.||Mary Letourneau x
|29. Taking Root
The Vision of Wangari Maathai
|How one person can make a difference.
Noble Peace Prize winner/80 min.
|30. They Killed Sister Dorothy
Story of Sister Dorothy Stang, a 73 year old Catholic Sister of Notre Dame from OH was murdered in the Amazon.
|31. This Is Your Home||Study Guide included for reflection Leading to Action to Stop Global Climate Change
3 parts each/18 min
|Marie O’Brien 2/18/15 x|
|32. Thomas Berry and the Earth Community slideshow of citations and sections of the book The Great Work and the Dream of the Earth||7 min and 9 min sections|
|33. Thomas Berry
The Great Story
The life and work of the famous eco-theologian
|34. The Unfolding Story
|Several storytellers/29 min.(2 copies)||Vera Green 5/27
Connie Gilder 6/8
|35. Wake to Wonderment||Contemporary Canticles of Earth
Matins-Lauds-Vespers/ 3-4 min each
Sacred and Profaned
|Interviews sharing their experiences and insights about water.
|Agnes Reimann 11/18/14 x
|37. Bees Tales from the Hives||54 min.
Discover new facts about bees and how their existence is threatened.
|38. Climate Change: Our Faith Response||15 min.
Catholic Committee of Appalachia
Funded by USCCB 2007
|Anna Louise Schuck 3/29/16|
|39. Blue Gold World Water Wars||90 min.
About our endangered water supply
|40. The 11th Hour
Turn Mankind’s Darkest Hour Into Its Finest
Leonardo DiCaprio narrates
|Anna Louise Schuck 3/29/16|
|41. This Changes Everything
|90 min. based on book by Naomi Klein||
|Additions as of 11/14/2016|
|42. The Art of the Wild
Based on 15 interviews with writers of prose and poetry at University of CA Davis
|43. Children and Nature by Jane Goodall||27 min.
Awakening a Sense of Wonder
“Roots and Shoots” program
|44. Cosmic Voyage||35 min.
Shows where humans fit in our ever expanding universe.
|45. God’s Creation and Global Warming||15 min.
National Council of Churches
|46. A Sense of Place||10 min.
Project of the Natural Lands Trust
|47. The Unfolding Story||29 min.
Evolution of the Universe
Includes Thomas Berry, Sister Miriam MacGillis, and John Cobb, Jr.
|48. Water, Sacred and Profane||27 min.
Documentary of various ways water has become polluted and otherwise profaned.
|49. The Future of Food||1.5 hr.
|50. How to Begin Bird Watching||50 min.
Where to go, what to see and what to use
|51. Brian Swimme Series
“The Canticle to the Cosmos”
Includes Study Guide
|60 min. each
12 parts to this series
The Story of Our Times
The Primeval Fireball
The Feast of Consciousness
The Fundamental Order of the Universe
Destruction and Loss
A Magical Planet
Sex, Death and Dreams
The Nature of the Human
Fire in the Mind
The Timing of Creativity
The Human Story
A New Prosperity
|63. Plastic Paradise||57 min.
Documentary that makes this issue of plastic pollution “real and relevant.”
|Monica Osaban 4/21 – 4/30/2017 returned 5/2/17|
|64. The True Cost||Shows where our clothes are made and the subhuman conditions of those who work in factories making clothes.
|Given to Ann Quirk to show in May|
|65. Blue Gold||90 min.
Shows how wars of the future will be fought over fresh water.
|66. This Changes Everything||90 min.
Based on book by Naomi Klein
“An epic attempt to reimagine the vast challenge of climate change.”
|67. Learning with Nature||23 min.
Arbor Day Foundation produced this film for presenting the outdoor classroom as an intefral part of preschool and early childhood education.
As we think about the opportunities we have to be in the outdoors especially in public parks such as Valley Forge, The Appalachian Trail, Delaware Water Gap Independence Hall and the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, we need to advocate for the funds necessary to keep these public lands open and accessible to all.
See the facts here and write to your Senators and Representative in Congress to keep the funds permanently authorized in the Federal Budget.
Examination of Conscience for Water Usage in Honor of International Water Day
Water is life. Without water we die. The amount of water in the human body varies but its average is about 70%. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well that he would give her living water. Let us reflect on how we value this precious gift of water. Water on Earth is a limited natural resource.
- Do you know where your water comes from? Name the source of it.
- How much water do you use per day?( 80-100 gallons per day)
- Do you know how much water a typical person living in the Sudan in Africa uses per day? (20 liters or 5 gallons per day is available in sub-Saharan Africa)
- Water is a limited natural resource on Earth. How do you conserve water in your daily life?
- Do you turn off the running water while you brush your teeth?
- Do you turn off running water while you take a shower?
- Do you turn off running water when you wash the dishes?
- Do you refrain from using water on the lawn ?
- Do you use tap water instead of bottled water?
- Do you think about how long you stay in the shower?
- Do you turn off any dripping faucets?
- Do you remove the hose from outside in the winter?Think about the source of your water. If it is a river, how is the water purified?
- Whatever flows into that river from the paved areas such as oil from cars and trucks contaminates the river.
- Fresh water is becoming scarce. What do you do to make sure you do not put toxins into the water?
- Do you use natural cleaning products?
- Do you use natural personal care products?
- Are you aware of how to make natural cleaning products with vinegar and baking soda?
- How often do you fill up the clothes washer? Do you wait until it is full?
- How about the dishwasher? Do you wait until it is full?
- Runoff from rainfalls goes into the source of your water. Do you keep toxic chemicals out of the flow of water into the river?
- Bottled water removes fresh water from places in the world where water is scarce. The plastic also contaminates the oceans. Are you thinking about how you can avoid using bottled water?(Actually, tap water is regulated so we know it is safe, bottled water is not necessarily regulated so we cannot be sure it is pure.)
- Have you thought about using a rain barrel to catch and save rainwater to use in your garden?
- Do you use cold water when you use the clothes washer?
- Do you wash vegetables or dishes in a pan of water rather than letting the water run from the faucet?
- Do you scrape dirty dishes rather than rinsing them before placing them in the dishwasher?
- Have you decided not to use the dishwasher for every meal rather hand wash in a pan once in a while?