Getting Started Guide
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is an invitation to reflect on Pope Francis’ call to integral ecology and to respond to “The cry of the Earth. The Cry of the Poor.” We’re here to support you along this journey whether it’s with your friary, ministry, fraternity, parish group or other organization.
Join Laudato Si’ Spirit as we offer support and resources while connecting Franciscan entities in the Western U.S. also working towards integral ecology. Click here to sign-up.
The entire Laudato Si’ Action Platform is designed as a 7-year process. Every year will incorporate aspects from the following phases. For more details about the Laudato Si’ Action Platform timeline and process, click here.
To begin Phase 1, reflect on what’s already happening within your group.
- Begin or continue conversations focused on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, the Laudato Si’ Goals, and Integral Ecology. How does our Franciscan identify inform our understanding and our response? How are our organization’s unique values and identity connected with the Laudato Si’ Goals?
- As a group, discuss “What is happening?” “Why is it happening?” “What is God inviting us to do?”
- Review the Laudato Si’ encyclical as a group. Study guide resources and presentations are available.
- Engage with the Laudato Si’ Goals and identify how we are currently responding in our community or ministry.
- Gain insights into your current practices through self-assessments. Learning about your group’s current practices can help inform goals and actions that you may want to pursue during this process. Laudato Si’ Spirit has created self-assessments designed specifically for Friaries, Ministries, Secular Franciscan Fraternities, and Franciscan-hearted individuals/households.
- Discern how your group might best participate in the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. Do you have a committee that could create an Action Plan for the group? Is there someone who could serve as the Action Plan coordinator? Who would be a main contact person to connect with Laudato Si’ Spirit?
During Phase 1 we invite you to:
- Join Laudato Si’ Spirit as we offer support and resources while connecting Franciscan entities in the Western U.S. who are also working towards integral ecology.
- Enroll on the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform website to mark your official commitment. See the Enrollment Guide on the Laudato Si’ Spirit website for helpful information about enrolling.
- Complete a self-assessment. Simple self-assessments designed for various Franciscan groups are available on our website. Once enrolled with the Laudato Si’ Action Platform website, access a more in-depth self-assessment through your dashboard.
- Create and upload a reflection that explores how your values connect with the Laudato Si’ Goals. Once enrolled with the Laudato Si’ Action Platform website, upload a reflection document or video to your dashboard.
Questions? Need help?
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Send us an email: Connect@laudatosispirit.org
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